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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party Theme

I went bold, gold and glittery for my daughter, Genevieve’s, first birthday party. We chose a Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star theme and made sure it was evident in each party element. I added gold sparkle stars to the cake… …And also used the stars to accent the food. We kept centerpieces simple using adorable .99 cent vases from Ikea and adding baby’s breath, sprinkled in gold glitter. As as accent, we threw in hand-painted pink wooden stars that are now keepsakes. Photo collage made with images printed from Social Print Studio. I ordered this sign as a download on Etsy, then printed and framed on my own.My friend made a custom canvas guest book. For favors, kids got gold sparkly wands from Oriental Trading and adults were treated to chocolate-dipped pretzel rods adorned with–you guessed it– gold stars! We had a table of fun for the kids. I pulled together clip art from the Internet and made coloring book pages in Photoshop. Star props from Oriental Trading. I made custom 12-month banner using gold star twine and …

Pinterest-Inspired First Birthday Photoshoot Fail

I planned my daughter’s first birthday photo shoot months in advance. Everything was set, from her dress and props to the smash cake. I even made my husband plan his outfit so we could take family photos with our dogs. Then, the week of the photoshoot, my Baby G got a runny nose type of cold and a tooth decided to cut through her upper gums. She was cranky, but I didn’t want to reschedule, so I forged ahead with crossed fingers. Mistake number one: Attempting a photoshoot when baby is under the weather. Mistake number two: Not trying on her dress before the day of the pictures. I bought her a big frilly, pink tutu dress with cupcakes on it earlier in the summer. It was too big then, but I figured she would grow into it. Great plan, but it didn’t happen. My daughter is very tall and thin, so a lot of baby clothes for her age don’t fit well. I find that most clothes are made for chubby babies. This was the case with her …

Parenting DIY Activity: Weekly Photo Shoots for Year One Baby Book

I’m obsessed with pictures. Since my daughter was born, I’ve been forcing her to pose for weekly mini photo shoots. I’m compiling them all into a Year One book that I’ll be printing on Shutterfly (Blurb is great too but Shutterfly has adorable baby themes). I purchased baby countdown blocks on Etsy for consistency, however I am really annoyed that on double odd number weeks, like 33, the blocks don’t work because the blocks don’t each have every number on them. So beware. But I digress! Every month, I upload my top photos of Geneveive and start laying out the pages so that I’m not overwhelmed once she turns one-year-old. Each week, I try to capture her doing something that shows her growth, like eating solids, clapping her hands, sitting up and standing. It’s so emotional looking back on all of these things and seeing how much she has changed each week. I encourage other creative moms to do something like a weekly photo shoot book. It’s an awesome keepsake and also makes a great gift for grandparents. My …