Penelope’s first birthday has come and gone, and I’ve lived to tell the tale. Barely. We actually had to reschedule the birthday just hours before people were going to show up due to a nasty little stomach bug that was making its way around our house. Five days later, with the family healthy, we re-invited our guests over for dinner and cake, and almost everyone was still able to come! I enjoyed having my house decorated for a week. It was nice to enjoy all the hard work for more than just an afternoon.
The party was inspired by our beautiful and bright flower of a girl, Ms. P herself. I wanted the feel of a cheerful and enchanting garden. To start, the invitations were folded, hand-cut cardstock that opened up to look like a flower. They were embellished with pink-dyed coffee filters and a printed yellow center. Time consuming? Yes. But worth it (to me).
The cake table was centered under two of the giant flowers and Penelope’s name in gold (stolen briefly from her room). I also made the big #1, which I covered in hand-cut green leaves. The cake was made by Josh’s dad. A pretty, pink flower. It was amazing and yummy! I used a vintage, floral tablecloth and watercolor floral napkins as finishing touches.
For the party, I made ten GIANT paper flowers in yellow, light pink, and fuschia. They were 5 and 6 feet tall on bamboo poles. I LOVED them, and Penelope couldn’t stop pointing at them and smiling. They were placed all around the living room and dining area. I also hung up her weekly picture collages that I made using Postal Pix. I hung a green leaf garland above.
There was a guest sign-in area, where I asked each guest to write a birthday wish or a guess into Penny’s future. We will be saving the notes for her to open in 20 years! I gathered some favorite Penny pictures from the year as a backdrop for the guest table. My, how she’s grown!