On Friday, the 21st, our sassy little girl turned one. I can't believe how fast a year with her went. I had so much fun putting together a party to celebrate with some family and close friends.
I have to dote on my husband, who painted the tablecloth for me. Rather late one evening I was attempting to do something abstract myself, but I've come to realize that when you're a borderline OCD perfectionist, attempting abstract is rather difficult. What took him 15 minutes would have taken me 3 hours.
My mom and I cut and assembled the roses for the backdrop. Before attaching them to the board, I spray painted the flowers with two different shades of pink to give them some dimension. If you or anyone you know could use this for a party or photo shoot, please let me know. Many hours went into those things and I would love to see it reused instead of tossing it in the trash!
After much time wasted looking for the perfect little dress, I ended up making a simple shift for her. I loosely followed this pattern, using this fabric that I had planned to upholster a bench with (I'm hoping there still might be enough left for that project down the line.)
I gathered all of the headpiece flowers and a friend who worked for years as a florist was sweet enough to put it together for me.
To complete Milly's outfit I invested in some Freshly Picked moccasins, and they have not disappointed. They have become my go-to shoe for her. She can walk in them very easily, they seem comfortable and breathable, and have worn really well.
That little leg crease is too much!
Milly loves to swing. In searching for one online, I came across similar canvas swings for over $100. I found this tutorial, but I sewed it so the right side of the fabric was showing on both sides of the swing. This was an easy project and definitely worth the savings. Let me know if you'd like a bit more information on how I sewed this one.
Milly loved her cake and we had to pry it away from her!
My husband's grandma makes these caramelized corn puffs that you can't stop eating! She was in town and it was nice to spend an afternoon learning to make them with her.
I got the mirror at a thift store for almost nothing, spray painting it and using one of my favorite pens to highlight the faux bamboo. I was so excited to find this bar cart at an antique store for a killer price and even more excited when my sister said she would take it off my hands after the party. With small children and not much space left in our home, it's just not ideal for us right now. (My husband was so disappointed to hear it wasn't staying here. Ha!) And it's nice to know it's going to someone I can borrow it back from!
Such a memorable night and a blast to put together!
A big thank you to my friend, Emily, for taking the pictures during the party!