I was honestly not going to plan anything extravagant for Raelyn's first birthday (terrible mom moment). With all the traveling and moving plans we had going on, I thought for sure I wouldn't be able to get it done. Thanks to a very special friend of mine ;) I was easily persuaded into making Raelyn's first birthday as memorable as I could make it and I'm so glad I did.
Please be prepared for an overload in pictures and a pretty lengthy post. Rae went from zero birthday parties to three :) it seems as if all her family wanted to be apart of her special day and I'm so glad we were able to make that happen.
Her first party was at our house and I spent every nap time the week prior making the decorations and preparing for her big day. I wanted to take her own first birthday/smash cake pictures as opposed to someone else paying for them because it just meant more to me if I took them. Hopefully when time slows down a little I can spend more time with my camera and make it into something special. Until then, the practice is very helpful!
She is SO CUTE.
Theme: I couldn't settle on a specific theme, but the colors I went with were a aqua, white, black, fuchsia and gold.
Cake: We've been so good to sticking with no sugar for Rae, unless it's naturally occurring like in fruit and her snacks. So her cakes followed suit. One cake was a banana cake and the other was an apple spiced cake and both were gluten free. I would give you the instructions/ingredients but they are all at home in NC. I'm sure you can find something on Pinterest and adjust as needed. The frosting was her favorite part. Probably because it was just greek yogurt that sat overnight in a cheese cloth to get rid of the extra liquid and local honey. The cake topper was fun to make; it was just cut up tissue paper that I poured over hot glue.
Outfit: Her dress was from her Memaw that she had bought when Rae was first born. I had it in her closet for the longest time and it turned out to be the perfect dress for pictures. The crown I made with lace, glue & water (like modpodge) and gold glitter. It turned out PERFECT and I may or may not have worn it around the house all night after her party ;)
With the help of Pumpkin we had our little smash cake sesh and took our messy munchkin off to take her nap before his family showed up.
Cake smash numero dos going on and she still didn't care for the actual cake. The tissue paper garland was the main decor and I love it so much. The fabric garland was mostly scraps of fabric I already had and the 'ONE' was made from glittered scrapbook paper. All in all it was pretty simple decorations. The chalkboard was already hanging in the kitchen, so I spruced it up with some Rae one year facts.
Stay tuned for part 2 of Rae's birthday madness :)