Do you remember me?
I know, it's been too long between my posts. I have been so busy with a few custom orders, but finally, the burden is starting to lighten. The 2 biggest projects are finished, so I am really anxious to get back to some 'just for fun' projects!
In the meantime, my baby girl's first birthday party was a month ago, and I promised pictures!
I have always called her Ladybug - from the day she was born, pretty much! So there was only one way to go in terms of a theme. I was actually a bit stressed when I was pulling it all together, because usually I plan parties for months in advance, taking care to include every little detail I can possibly come up with. I felt like I wasn't able to put that same amount of time and energy into Josie's party... but when it all came together, I was relieved to see I was wrong!
I created this banner, which we hung on the mantle (that's right, June, and we had to have the party inside because it was too chilly out. Ask me how impressed I am with the weather this summer...!)
Don't you just LOVE the Banner Builder dies from PTI? This was so insanely easy to create, because all I had to do was die cut everything, and add some chipboard stickers to spell out her name! However, don't tell the guests... they thought it was super impressive!
About 3 days before her birthday, I was at Michael's and found these halloween tissue paper decorations on major clearance. How lucky for me that they fit the colour theme!
If you *really* squint, you might see the little black candle in it's flower holder, surrounded by red tealight holders, and black, white and opalescent glass beads as the coffee table centerpiece. I really tried to add as many little details as I could!
Next... the cupcakes. Oh, I am so obsessed with decorating cupcakes these days... When I was buying cake supplies from my local store, I saw this technique on a custom order they were getting ready. I *knew* it was perfect for a ladybug to rest on...
Again... a little bit of practice, and this was actually really easy to do! I made the royal icing ladybugs myself, as I had purchased some sugar ones that just seemed a bit too... I dunno... not elegant enough, maybe? Can a ladybug be elegant?
Here is the tower, which was the centerpiece of the table:
And a close up of the birthday girl's special cupcake:
I am also becoming heavily addicted to cookie decorating... it is just *so* fun!
I like to give my girls' guests parting favours to thank them for taking the time out to celebrate with us. For this party, did I have any other choice?
I know these are not as great as many of the wonderful creations shared on some of my favourite blogs, but they were still well received by my guests, and I had so much fun making them! Here is how I packaged them up (forgive the poor photo!):
I really *really* hope to have a few crafty posts to come in the next few days. And I am also WAY behind in those festive Friday posts.... and by that, I mean, I am waaaaay behind on my Christmas cards and tags! So I hope to get back to those this week, or possibly next.
I hope you're all well, and that you're having a wonderful summer. I know that we're going to blink, and it's going to be fall and quickly Christmas, so I am trying very hard to soak up every sunny moment I can!