This past week, we celebrated my baby's 1st birthday.... Definitely blog worthy ;)
Being that her name is Annie, the party theme was a no brainier..... Annie!
First thing I did was googled around, scoured Pinterest, and looked all over the Internet for some "Annie" inspiration. Believe it or not, there are not many Annie themed parties out there. Desperate for some sort of inspiration, I rented "Annie," (the original), and watched it with my big girls (who are now obsessed, and singing the music non-stop). Before I get further into all the party details, I just wanted to say that I forgot how much I love that movie!
Now, time to plan:
1. Send out invitations
2. Plan the menu
3. Figure out what everyone is wearing?
4. Plan party decorations
5. and... figure out how I’m getting this all done while all my kids are home waiting for camp to start!
Invitations: I found an image on google that I liked (see below), uploaded it onto a paperless post, added all the party details, and out those went!
Wardrobe: I found an awesome tank top on Etsy (from pudgeandpigtails) with the line "your never fully dressed without a smile." It couldn't be more perfect. My two big girls helped me make a red tutu and hair clip for Annie, and then of course needed to make coordinating tutus and clips of their own for the big day (perfect activity…kept us busy for a while).
Decorations: I stuck with a red, white, and black theme; red, black, and silver balloons; red tablecloths; black plates; black and white polka dotted napkins; and white cutlery. I stuck the cutlery in a rectangular vase that I decorated with the skyline of NY (that I cut out of construction paper). I also hung a banner of the pictures that I took of Annie every month. Every month, I put on the same shirt and took a picture holding Annie in the same way. It was supposed to be super cute to see how big she got from month to month, but she literally looks the same in every picture. It basically looked like 12 pictures of me holding Annie, hung on a red string, oh well.
For fun, I set up a photo booth with lots of fun props. I had a Polaroid camera for guests to snap photos and then hang on a memory board for Annie. It was so much fun. I also had a time capsule, where I asked everyone at the party to bring a letter written to Annie filled with memories, photos, wishes… I put everything in a box, closed it up, and she’ll get to open it when she's 18!
Food: I went simple- bagels, tuna, cream cheese, lox, and a platter of veggies. Nothing too crazy.
Now comes the dessert table. Obviously my favorite! I had a fruit platter with red and white flag toothpicks that my nephew and my girls had fun putting in, and some red and white jelly beans. I also filled little tin flower pots with popcorn and made a little broom that I attached to the pot to go along with the whole theme :)
There was also cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, and of course a birthday cake.
Cookies - I went with a solid heart, a big number one that I decorated to look like Annie's outfit, a plaque cookie that said Annie, and another plaque cookie of the NY skyline with a red heart playing off of the setting of the movie and Annie's locket.
Cake pops - I went with basic sprinkles and drizzle in the party color scheme and displayed them in a vase that I decorated with the skyline of NY, similar to the vases holding the cutlery.
I baked cupcakes in black and white cupcake liners and made toppers that played off the famous song "the sun will come out tomorrow.” Some cupcakes were decorated with fondant suns and clouds and others with fondant discs decorated with chocolate music notes.
Now for the cake! I went in with an idea in my head, and like everything I do, one idea turns into a million ideas. I end up just falling in to the creative process and let it just lead the way. I wanted the cake to resemble Annie's dress, but I also wanted to capture my Annie's amazingly fun, lively, personality. Annie is super lovable, very smiley, and extremely curious. I added a white “tutu," (like my girls called it), to give the cake a fun flair. I attached a heart locket, and used an "Annie" cookie as a topper for the cake, which helped pull together the entire dessert table.
I was so happy with how everything turned out! The party was a huge success. Everyone had so much fun, and Annie had a great time. It is always so special to have all the family together.
So one may joke that she's 1 year old and will never remember that she had this big birthday party... That being said, she’ll have lots of pictures to look back at, and she will get to see that this party was really a celebration of life; a way for us to thank G-d for giving us Annie who has really enhanced our lives, and the lives of our family members. May Annie continue to bring people together, and light up every room with her amazing smile and adorable personality! Happy 1st Birthday Annie, we love you!
Thanks everyone for reading, and joining in on our celebration!