Maddie turned 1 on February third. Boy am I glad that it isn’t this time last year! I read somewhere that it takes a year to get over being pregnant, and I totally agree. The outcome is worth it, though, because Maddie is such a sweet little pleasure to have in our family and I just love her more every day.
This year we are cutting WAY back on our birthday blowouts. Charlie, lucky boy, has had two major birthday parties with fifty-some people having a meal at our house. Poor Maddie, the second child, only got a 1st birthday party with immediate family invited (which in my family is still almost 30 people), cake and ice cream, and chips and dip. It was wonderful!
I had so much fun decorating (Thank you, Pinterest!) and trying out a new cupcake recipe. I made a really cool cakestand using tulle, ribbon, and my handy-dandy gluegun. Check it out:
I started making a balloon banner but ran out of steam blowing up balloons, so it ended up as a balloon “chandelier.” Go to http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/balloon-banner-diy/ for instructions on the balloon banner. It is really easy.
I also found a recipe for some delicious cupcakes with brownie on the bottom and strawberry cake on top. Topped with some cream cheese icing, they were really good. I got it from http://iheart2stamp.com/2010/06/ so definitely check it out and try it.
The finished effect was really pretty, I thought. The day of her actual birthday we invited a few of her little friends over for pizza, cake, and ice cream and had a really great time, then had family over the next day. Boy was this a wonderful way to celebrate her birthday. I really appreciated being able to enjoy Maddie and celebrate this big day in her life instead of running around like a mad woman trying to entertain people who probably didn’t want to be at a 1-year old’s birthday party, anyway! From now on, “cheap chic” is how we’re doing it! It’s easier on our budget and my sanity!