Happy Birthday, Scarlett!
Your first birthday came faster than I expected, and I made sure that we celebrated in style! The past year has been wonderful, a learning experience, a series of treasured moments, and time to revisit our growing family. You’ve surprised me, made me laugh, and occasionally pull my hair out. You are exactly like your brother but also so very, very different. For your birthday party, I chose Dumbo’s circus as the theme, because “Baby of Mine” made me sob so hard while I was pregnant with you.
For all of you out there in reader-land, here are some snapshots of my favorite party details. I threw it all together in about a week with a few trips to Michael’s and the dollar store. Oh, and let’s not forget my beloved (affiliate link) Amazon Prime. That’s were I bought my red raffle tickets and a few other necessities. My mom and I wrapped cracker jack boxes (3 for $1) with the tickets, colored twine and a mini circus animal. The end result with a bag-less dessert or party favor that matched our theme perfectly. Though it does have nuts, it’s naturally gluten-free for our friends that need it.
One of my favorite crafts for the party was this door swag, intended to look like circus tent drapes, made from $1 store plastic tablecloths, tickets, string and a happy birthday curly ribbon swag. The balloons added a more festive touch upon entering. See the backside of the invitation in my wreath? “Admit One!”
Scarlett’s cake was handmade by Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes and More, in Marietta, GA. She is INCREDIBLE. She also made Red’s first and second birthday cakes, so at this point, visiting Mamie is a tradition! Not only does Mamie and her crew make a delectable product, she’s also won Cupcake Wars on Food Network and recently Cake Hunters. She is unreal. Check out the detail in Dumbo and Timothy Mouse, all cut by hand! 🙂 Scarlett’s name and a glittered “1” topped the cake as well as a white fondant ribbon with Happy Birthday hand written in gold.
For her smash cake, I made an angel food cake covered in cool whip, with a smattering of sprinkles and some of our extra circus animals. Scarlett was hesitant to eat it at first (she wanted to play with the toppings) but a few tastes in and she was smashing away!
Happy Birthday, sweet girl! You complete our family in ways we never thought possible, so let’s see what the next year brings!