Saturday, November 22, 2014

Celebrating O.N.E.

The boys really wanted Ruby to have a birthday party.  Obviously, I was going to put something together for her big day, but the boys were convinced that all of her little baby friends needed to be invited.
So cute.
We passed on a big soiree, but instead celebrated our little girl with a lot of PINK and GLITTER and CAKE and with Grandma and Grandpa, too.
Everything with a girl is so new and fun.  I admit it.  I had a heck of a good time scouring Pinterest for a few fun ideas.  I knew I wanted PINK and as I “researched” I found that the pink/gold combination is trendy right now.  Pink and glitter?!  Sold! 
I love a good tablescape, so that was the centerpiece of the party.
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I found a how-to for the poms online and they were easy and fun to put together.  A few got wet so into the trash they went, but I’m going to save a few and see if I can use them in another year for bedroom decor when Ruby graduates to a big girl bed.
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The snacks included pink wafer cookies, heart-shaped rice krispie treats, popcorn, strawberries, almond-bark covered pretzels (and plain ones, too), and almond-barked dipped marshmallows.
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Pink punch (frozen pink lemonade concentrate mixed with Sprite) and birthday cake topped it off.
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I made her birthday banner with two shades of pink and gold glitter paper, and then covered our Halloween themed photos with coordinating scrapbook paper (taped on top of the glass with glitter washi tape).
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Ruby’s smash cake was white with the best that I could do with my pastry bag and medium star tip to make something that resembles flowers.  Maybe??
And our cake was an pink ombre layer cake.  Or at least I tried to make it one.  I was waaaaayyyy off on my pink gel coloring ratios.  Ah well.  It tasted delicious. 
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We began with snacks…but first a quick photo shoot with the birthday girl!
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Then presents!  It took a bit for Ruby to get into it, not knowing what the heck she was supposed to be doing or how she was supposed to be doing it.  The boys were *very* helpful (goodness, it’s a good thing she has those brothers!) and eventually, she got it done!
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Clothes, dolls, toys - what more could a girl ask for???
Then, it was cake time!  Always a favorite!
The frosting I use is a buttercream recipe, so when it’s exposed for a while, it hardens up a bit on the outside.  She wasn’t sure what that was about, and she wasn’t thrilled about digging into something that was poking her, so eventually I cut out a piece so she could really reach into the soft, sweet cake on the inside. 
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It worked!  She grabbed and stuffed!
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She was going to town, so I put the breaks on shortly after she finished her piece.  A baby with a bellyache on her first birthday is not my idea of a good time!
Celebrating birthdays is one of my favorites.  Celebrating Ruby is, too.  I’m so looking forward to many more parties, covered in even more pink and glitter!

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