August 06, 2009

The End

The end of Melody's babyhood. She is 1. And I am sad.

We celebrated her birthday party on Saturday morning with some of our closest friends. It was really nice. She was gorgeous, as always. I chose a pink ladybug theme for the party, and she wore a cute Gymboree dress with pink ladybugs, and my friend Amanda made two adorable pink ladybug hair bows/clips for her hair, which she would not keep in. I'm so sad; the thought of my daughter not letting me do adorable things to her hair sort of contradicts the very reason I wanted a little girl! Decorations were simple, because she is only one. In retrospect, everything was really just for me. I used pink paper lanterns in place of balloons, and Dominic put up pink and black streamers. The kids played with bubbles in the front yard most of the time, as I took millions of pictures.

The cake was fabulous. My friend Amanda knows how to make and use fondant (homemade, not the yucky store bought stuff), so we made fondant together the week before the party and she decorated the cake. I made the ladybug! It was really fun, and came out much better than we had expected. I made the cake myself, and it was an oatmeal chocolate recipe that sadly wasn't very good. So we had a beautiful cake that didn't get eaten, because I didn't test out the recipe before the party :( We also had way too much. It's still sitting in my fridge, and I think I'm going to have to throw it away tomorrow.

Melody had fun and got some great gifts. This was the cheapest and most organized, but still relaxing, party I've ever thrown! Everything was simple, and every gift we bought was bought on clearance (score!). It was the nicest party I've thrown so far :)

I'm already excited about Julian's party in October. We're going to do a Treasure Hunt theme! He is really into treasure hunts right now (an episode of Blue's Clues had a treasure hunt) and I know he will love it.

I want to thank all my friends that made it! It meant a lot to me. Here are some pictures from the party this weekend!
Julian opened her presents for her :)

Enjoying the goodness..

The fabulous cake!

The party room

This is so cute - but Julian was too busy to join us!

Mommy and the birthday girl!

Kids and bubbles!

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