It’s one of those things that approaches WAY too quickly – your first born’s first birthday. Charlotte turned one on June 11. And, a week later, she and her cousin Connor (who turned one on June 17) had their joint star-themed birthday party!
Her “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Char!” invitation spoke volumes about how we view our shining star. I got her adorable sparkly gold star onesie on Etsy. Here’s what else is featured in the photos we shot for the invitation in late May:
- Crown: made of glitter felt, hot glue and elastic
- Cake topper: made of glitter felt, fabric paint, hot glue and a craft straw
- Cake: I used pink fondant, edible gold dust and sugar sparkles
- Cake plate: I used a $1 plastic plate and glued on gold ribbon. The cake stand is glass with tulle wrapped around.
- That’s a beautiful blanket knitted by Aunt Emily:)
- The tutu is Carter’s.
So, obviously, the theme of the party featured stars – gold to be exact. We included pink AND blue at the party, since it was for her cousin Connor as well. Connor’s mom Kate and I decided to keep things simple. I didn’t get a ton of photos of party items, but here are a few!
We had the party at a park here in Des Moines with a shelter house, playground and splash pad. It was great, because the older kids could play in the water:) We invited pretty much just family for this first party.
The theme of stars carried over to the food, with star fondant smash cakes, star-shaped PB&J sandwiches, watermelon in the shape of stars, cupcakes with star toppers featuring the little cuties themselves, and more!
Speaking of smash cakes…
It’s quite a bit of work whipping up a first birthday party, but this was a swell day of being with our family to celebrate. Connor crawled all around and was silly. Charlotte was more stoic, taking in the crowd the whole time. But, all in all, I think they had a great time! And, of course, our guests were so generous with fun presents like a pirate ship water table, princess ride-along toy, adorable clothes, assorted toys, money for the college fund and more.