And, here I am at the end of birthday season (well, almost…but I don’t think Jonathan expects either a candy buffet or a nautically themed fishy hallway) finally. So, now I can maybe get in a few blogs of my girls’ birthdays this year. I’ll go backwards since the last time I tried to blog on Anya’s birthday the page crashed and I almost threw my computer =)
Our bitty baby Bianca turned one on August 24 and we had about a million celebrations the final one being her candy themed hippo party with all our friends and family (who were close enough to come!). Here is a short recap of the party.
I’ll start with the fabulous candy buffet. Everyone really seemed to enjoy visiting Bianca’s Shoppe and I love how our background evolved to include a veranda. It was a total fluke but it added just the right touch!
We picked a few…okay more than a few…types of candy and I made mixes all labeled with Birthday girl related messages- thank you to my fabulous husband for all the cricut work. I had bought the polka dotted spinwheels to make a centerpiece decoration but thought they would be fantasic as the candy inserts. When I ran out of them I grabbed one of my daughters cool straws and added it to the almond joy bucket which also looked pretty cool.
Lollipop, Lollipop, Oh Lollipop. Lollipops have become Bianca’s unofficial first birthday thing, so we had to have a lollipop tree (and wreath pictured later).
What would a party be without games? My girls look so much alike that I often look at pictures and think for a split second- hmm…is that Anya or Bianca?? And, I’m their mother! So, I decided to print pictures of each of them and have the guests try to figure out who was who. It was a lot of fun and the winner took home my rainbow dum dum wreath (have you noticed yet that we had a lot of themes going on? Candy shop, hippos, polka dots, rainbows, lollipops…am I missing any?)And, because B’s first year has been littered with monthly pictures taken with a hippo, we had to incorporate hippos into the theme somehow, so we ordered these beautiful hippo creations from Mandy’s Cakes and Candy. Amanda was awesome to work with, her prices were reasonable, and she did a fantastic job. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for cakes in the Winchester area. All I told her was I wanted hippos and my colors and she even recreated the birthday tutu I made so the hippo and Bianca could match!The birthday girl certainly enjoyed the hippo cake…though there was not as much smashing as I would have liked. Poor little Bianca was a bit out of sorts on her birthday day. I think “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to” has never applied more.
All in all, it was a fabulous party with friends and family and Jonathan and I had fun exercising our creative abilities putting it together! Here are a few more shots from the day: