How is it possible that this adorable little girl is already one?
We celebrated Rose's first birthday last Saturday with family and friends in a simple, indoor "garden party." I had so much fun decorating and preparing. Bonus? Nearly all the decorations were from things I already had on hand or the dollar store.
I was perusing the paper plates/cups/napkins at our local store and happened across a birthday banner that had butterflies on it. I'd originally thought I'd just do flowers and flowerpots and call it good. But the butterflies seemed like such a perfect compliment... So I bought the banner. It fit perfectly around our fireplace. And the tissue paper flowers made for a great embellishment.
I very much remember making tissue paper and pipe cleaner butterflies as a kid. A quick pinterest search showed me a number of different ways to do them. I stuck with the simplest method I could think of...Cut the paper into squares, use two, scrunch the center up, wrap/twist the pipe cleaner around.
Then I turned them into garland using some white yarn. Absolutely perfect to string over the table and across the front window. (Pretty sure I'm just going to move the garland into Rose's room when I get around to taking it down.)
The tablecloth was used for my sister's wedding last October. My mom gave me one and it totally worked. I used flowerpots as serving bowls for nuts and girly colored M&Ms. I bought the green baskets to serve homemade cajun chex mix and Birthday Cake Kettlecorn. (Hopefully I can post the recipes soon...We'll see.)
Instead of cupcakes I made banana muffins for my banana loving little girl. The topping is a delicious and fluffy whipped cream frosting. (Thought I admit to adding about 3x as much sugar as the linked recipe calls for. I didn't want it overwhelmingly sweet but it wasn't sweet enough as written.) As much as I wanted to pipe some gorgeous flower decorations or make cute butterflies on all the muffins...I knew that was more ambitious than I'd be able to accomplish and settled for flower sprinkles and a butterfly ring.
I even got to use my gorgeous vases and glass pitchers.
I honestly didn't take a ton of pictures during the actually party. Just a few with her opening presents.
And everyone's favorite "cake" pictures...
Poking at it and tasting it...
Covered in it and afraid I'm gonna take it away...
And shoving the whole thing in her mouth!
A big thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our sweet little girl's birthday with us!