{PARTY} You Are My Sunshine Party

The year passed in a blink and before we knew it she was turning ONE!  I had the hardest time choosing a theme for my older daughter but Violet loves the song "You Are My Sunshine" so the decision was easy this time. I made a watercolor sun, threw in a watercolor rainbow and sweet Violet had her 1st Birthday theme.

I adore a dessert table and food always comes second in my party rule book but this party was oh so different. My dear friend Oghan, who owns Ghee Banqueteria a very successful catering business in Brazil, was going to be in Florida at the time of the party and offered to cater it! Wait... you're telling me the guy who just catered an event for Elle Brazil and Nespresso was going to cater my daughter's first birthday (insert gasp followed by screams of excitement).

The menu preparation was serious business and at this party there would be nothing frozen served (hehe)! The menu included a bruschetta bar (my personal favorite); french bread, tomatoes & basil, sautéed mushrooms & onions, and cheese. Oghan also made organic chicken salad topped with fresh arugula served in mason jars, beet & carrot sandwiches and sundried tomato pesto penne salad.

I always serve flavored water but Oghan's recipe of Pineapple, Ginger and Lemon was as you would guess also a hit!

I still went nuts with the desert table but in comparison to years prior, there was so much dessert left over that I was begging people to take plates of it home.  I loved the sugar cookie cups filled with pudding, they were so easy to make and looked so cute. The rainbow cake pops were a disaster but from far away looked pretty good but more important they were yummy and that's all the kids cared about. The sugar cookies were a labor of love and doubled as a "Thank You for coming" gift.

The cake as usual was made by another dear friend, Andy from Hilton's Gourmet Bakery and once again was said to be the most delicious birthday cake anyone had tasted. I was not making another cake topper and pre-ordered months in advance from EnchantedBelles in Australia and it was the perfect addition to the beautiful cake.

For entertainment we hired Music with Mar which is a weekly class you can attend; it included songs, a music instrument parade, story time, kazoos, and a parachute. It was fun even for the big kids. Outside we sent up a bounce house and a color the sun craft.

Family & great friends combined with great food, sweets and drinks is really what parties are all about and this one had it all.

Invitations printed on linen paper 








Organic chicken salad topped with fresh Arugula




Beet & Carrot Sandwiches


Pineapple-Ginger-Lemon Water

Lemonade for the Kids

Ballo.n Sun and umbrellas hung over the dessert table





Sun Cake Pops



Sugar cookie cups filled with pudding topped with whip cream and cinnamon

Fruit kabobs

Brazilian cookies on sugar straws

Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake

'Thank You' Sugar Cookies


I have a 'Birthday Book'  for each of my girls. One side has a copy of the invitation and the guests sign the other side. I hope it's a nice keepsake for them years down the road.







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{BIG GIRL ROOM} Teal and Pink Big Girl Room

As much as I wanted to keep her in her nursery and especially her crib...indefinitely, baby sister's upcoming arrival sped up the transition. Fiona chose teal as her wall color and when we found the bedspread the rest of the color palette fell into place. The carpet was replaced with a white pine laminate and the pink fluffy rug gave the room just enough girly pink. The wall unit is a great way to display little one's toys and toys that once went unnoticed in the toy bin became new again. I found the wooden headboard on craigslist and hubby painted it white, it cost $40 which was great compared to the hundred dollar beds made of cheap veener. The Lilo & Stitch drawing and Nemo painting were made for me by a super talented artist while I worked at Disney, it's more than 10 years later and they are a great reminder of the wonderful people I met while working for the mouse (and look great on her walls).

Now can I go back to that first week, when she kept it clean? ;)







 






Bed: Refurbished | Rug: Target | Wall Shelving: Ikea | Table: Ikea | Chairs: Ikea | Bedspread: Cynthia Rowley | Plush Hamper: Homegoods | Elephant picture: Hobby Lobby | Wire Medallions: Hobby Lobby | Curtains: Target | Hanging Toy Holder: Ikea | Fan: Lowes



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