Nov 21, 2013

Sydney's 1st Birthday Party

Sydney's 1st Birthday Party was held the Saturday after her birthday and was the first party held at our new home. I made it clear it was not a house-warming & birthday party. After all we had been through with Sydney in the two months leading up to her birthday, I wanted it to be all about her. 

The theme of the party was Rubber Duckies supported by the colors pink and yellow. Oddly enough, these were the same colors as London's first birthday party which had a Pink Lemonade theme. 

My girlfriend, Emily, made the invitations as usual. She does such a great job taking my ideas and bringing them into an actual visual design. Emily also made all the tissue pom poms for me and the "Happy 1st Birthday" banner, which included a separate plaque with Sydney's name on it that I could then hang from her bedroom door, just like I had done with the name plaque from London's 1st birthday party banner that Emily had made for her. 

I got a little crafty with some other banners. With the new house and hardly anything up on the walls it was very clear we had a lot of wall space to play with. I had found myself with a spare 1/2 hour back in August while running some errands at which time I ran into Joann's for fun. Fabric was 25% off so I grabbed a yard of pink and a yard of yellow. The week leading up to the party I managed to cut the fabric into triangles and hang the triangles from some twine on many of the walls. I should have sewn the place where the twine went through the triangles, but I didn't have that kind of time, nor have I unpacked my sewing machine, so I improvised and stapled the triangles to the twine. Because I didn't spend so much time on these, I had a much easier time just throwing the banners out when I took all the decorations down. By the way, I had a ton of triangles left over ever after hanging all these banners. A 1/2 of yard would have worked just as well I think.

  For the table centerpiece, I ordered a Jumbo Rubber Ducky and glued on "bubbles" left over from London's 2nd "Bubble" themed birthday party (plastic ornament balls sprayed with iridescent spray paint). I also ordered many mini rubber duckies to place around  the house and for kids to play with.

  On Sydney's birthday we ran into the Dollar Store to pick up the paper plates, cups and utensils. Whenever in there, I like to peruse the other aisles. When I spied some cylinder vases and blue vase pebbles, inspiration hit and I grabbed two of each. I filled the vases with the blue glass pebbles, a little water and then floated a mini rubber duck in each. I think they added just the right touch. Not to mention the roses my mom picked up at Costco the day before the party. That rounded out the decor. 

I kept the food simple - salads and dips. The only effort I truly went to on the food front was baking from scratch white cake cupcakes and a 4-layer chocolate cake. I colored store-bought white frosting blue and made an attempt at making fondant duckies. I was going to order some, but the source I found wanted $2 per duck and then $20 in shipping. I found I could order all the supplies to make them on my own for the same amount! I think they turned out pretty well. Not sure what I am going to do with all the extra fondant as I only made 4 duckies. 3 for the cake and 1 for Sydney's smash cupcake. And no, I did not use a sharpie to make the eyes. I actually found a pen on Amazon for cooking needs. It's called a Gourmet Pen. We may use the pen again this Christmas to make faces on some marshmallow men.

The last thing I did was order a personalized onesie for Sydney to wear that day. I found a shop on Etsy called Spool of Plenty. The lady was great and allowed me to order the onesie even though she was listed as taking a vacation from the shop (she actually just turned her shop back on last week!). It turned out so cute! Unfortunately, I did run out of time and never made a tulle tutu for her to wear with the onesie. Luckily, I had London's 1st birthday skirt hanging in Sydney's closet and it was a good backup. I also apparently didn't get a good picture of Sydney in the onesie. Sorry.

Sydney had a blast as did every one else. Many dear friends showed up for the festivities, including Sydney's old daycare teachers Amber & Jenn. It was obviously they missed Sydney and she missed them. 

Sydney & Jenn
Amber, Sydney & Jen
Amber & Sydney - Amber might as well be her second mom
And Sydney thoroughly enjoyed her Cupcake after we all sang happy birthday. Cameron reported back that she had the cupcake up to her mouth for 10 minutes while she ate all the frosting! And he took plenty of pictures for me - I was busy serving cake and cupcakes to everyone else. The chocolate cake was a huge success. Thanks Martha Stewart for your One-Bowl Chocolate Cake. It seriously is an easy & delicious recipe!

Cake pics: 

Sydney needed a little cleaning up afterward

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