Friday, September 21, 2012

Madelyn's 1st Birthday

Hey there! Happy Friday! I have a little something sweet to share today! Our daughter, Madelyn, turned 1 on September 13th and we celebrated with family and friends at a birthday party last weekend. I can't believe she's such a big girl already! We are so blessed to have such a sweet and spunky girl and it's hard to put into words the joy she brings to our lives!

My mom and I had so much fun planning Madi's party and making everything from invitations to favors to food and even some "furniture"! So I thought I'd share a little bit about her party today. It all started with the theme which was Polka Dot Party. After deciding on the theme I scheduled a cake smash photo session with Kami (Moretti Photography) so that I could use the photo for her invitation. My mom and I made the rainbow layered cake and the polka dot banner in the background.


Jon and I got such a kick out seeing her dive into the cake! I love her curled toes and the look of excitement on her face. She had fun digging into the cake but actually wasn't that excited about eating it. After getting these shots from Kami I put together the invitations using Doodlebug Candy Dots paper. All of the white dots are sugared (i.e. glittered) and the right side underneath her picture lifts up to reveal all the party details (when, where, etc.). I just love how they turned out!


After the invitations were done we started planning the food and decor. The menu included cupcakes (of course!), Rice Krispie balls dipped in colored candy coating, fruit kabobs, and sandwiches. For the sandwiches we ordered colored bread from a local bakery and cut them into circles using a Pampered Chef sandwich cutter/crimper. The sandwiches were nutella & marshmallow creme, peanut butter & jelly, and chicken salad.


For the decor, I hung lanterns and tissue poms in all different colors along with polka dot curtains and a polka dot table skirt. I made a cute decorative piece by sticking Dum Dum suckers into a styrofoam ball and setting it on top of a hot pink candle holder. Note to self: get a smaller styrofoam ball next time. I think it took 14 packages of Dum Dums to decorate the whole ball! We also re-finished an old Fisher Price plastic picnic table for the occasion.


After disassembling and cleaning it, I spray painted it with Rustoleum for plastic (which comes in super cute colors!). My mom found this vinyl/oilcloth fabric at our local fabric store and she recovered the top and the benches using a staple gun. I simply LOVE how it turned out and Madi sits at the table in her playroom and puts together puzzles. OK... actually she doesn't know how to put the puzzle together yet but she's really good at taking it apart piece by piece and whipping the pieces in all directions!

And last, but not least, I made her party favors using gumballs and test tubes along with a little tag that I made using the Kid at Heart stamp set and Take Note 3 die. The sentiment, "If friends were gumballs I'd chews you!" was perfect!


Oh wait... my party post wouldn't be complete without a few photos of the party princess on her special day.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

28 comments:

patriciad said...

Soooo adorable. Love all the details and Madelyn is absolutely precious! If this stamping thing doesn't work out for you (HA), you can be a party planner! ;-)

wendy said...

priceless ...Happy 1st b-day Madelyn

Cassie said...

Oh how wonderful! Happy Birthday, sweet Madelyn :D

Sheri said...

You really know how to throw a party. So special for her. Happy birthday sweet Madelyn. It doesn't seem possible that she is a year old already. Where does the time go?

Lisa S. said...

Taylor, I'm so happy you shared these pic's. You guys are blessed to have that sweet little girl in your lives and she is blessed to have such loving parents. Happy Belated Birthday Madelyn!!! P.S. I {heart} polka dots. :)

CraftySue52 said...

OMG! This is wonderful. Madelyn is a doll and everything you and your mother did is awesome...I wish I was a kid again!!! Thanks for sharing. I hope Madelyn had a wonderful birthday...September is a great month...I have one in the same month!!

Traci Davis said...

Thanks for sharing Madelyn's birthday celebration with us. Everything was beautiful!

Bonnie aka raduse said...

She is sooooooo cute! Thank you for sharing the photos with us Taylor. Happy Belated Birthday Madelyn!!!

Karen Motz said...

This is the cutest post EVER!!! Now I want a polka dot party just like this one! Happy birthday Madelyn, you sweet little one!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a SWEET birthday party it was for a very special and SWEET girl! Fabulous party projects and pictures Taylor!

Jeri said...

OMG! Taylor, she is adorable. I can't believe she's so big already! You are definitely blessed. The party looks like it was a blast for all (adults and kids alike). Happy Belated Birthday, Madi!

Conniecrafter said...

Wow a year already, she is just darling, she has the sweetest smile!
Love all your decorations and invitations, such great ideas!

Gailanne said...

So cute!...and what a wonderful party you put on for your sweet little girl! She's lucky to have such a creative mom.

Mary Gillmarten said...

Taylor, she is so cute! I love her smile in the family photo -- there you and dad are nice, calm, smiling, and she has that impish grin just about to break into something, well, impish! :)

MizMaryAnn said...

Where has the year gone? Your party was perfect. I love all the special details. What memories you'll have to share with her.

Marie B. said...

Taylor, you are just the coolest Mommy EVER! And Madelyn is too cute! I love her expression in your family photo...so cute! :)

Anonymous said...

Taylor,Jon & Madelyn, thank you for sharing your 1st Birthday Party with us all! And Grandma Linda also, great decoration ideas for us all....to copy! Hehee...just kidding. Have a great weekend! Gina from Sunny California...

Karen Giron said...

Happy birthday Madi!! Oh my goodness, the photos are DARLING! What a sweet little girl and the cake is so clever! Your mom is amazing with her table cover and I can't believe the difference in the table after you spray painted it! Wish I had thought of that when my kiddos were little. Looks like you had a fabulous day!

Carolyn King said...

What a picture perfect day. Love all your amazing food ideas (definitely have to remember the dum dum ball and sandwiches) and the invite is so ADORABLE! I love what you did with the fisher price table. Looks fabulous! Happy Birthday to Madi!

Gingerbread Gal♥ said...

Happy Birthday Madelyn! She is absolutely beautiful! The party decor is amazing and super cute. The family photo is wonderful.
:) Rachel

Jana said...

What amazing party decor! I love the idea of doing the cake photo for the invitations. Happy Birthday Madi!

Carol Dee said...

A year already! My how time flies. :) You really went all out. Things where so cute. You have set the bar high... how will you top yourself for BD #2, #3, #4 etc.? :) I noticed you even hung polka dot sheers on the windows...WOW! Sending Hugs for the Birthday Girl.

Stephanie Kraft said...

OMGoodness! How absolutely darling! Love the photos, all the decorations and food, especially all the polka dots! Happy Birthday sweet Madi!

SusanB said...

Wonderful party theme & execution! My granddaughter's 1st birthday was also Sept. 13th and this grammy went with a lady bug theme. I remember when you had us guessing the sex of your child when you were pregnant & I guessed girl b/c my daughter was also pregnant @ the time - who knew they would be born on the same day. Looks like you all had a fun celebration

Ruza Rebel said...

She is adorable! Love all the fun projects you shared! ;o)

Mary-Anne V said...

Awwww she is precious...happy birthday little one!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

Hi Taylor! This is the absolute cutest blog post ever! I just adore the photo of Madi with her cake! The party looks like it was amazing and your photos are just awesome. Madi is lucky to have such a cool mom and you guys are the sweetest family. :-)

Josh said...

I pinned the gumball tags. Love them!