Somehow, my baby girl went and grew up into a one year old. How is it that I introduced her to you HERE over 13 months ago?
While very rough and tumble, Miss Reese is all girl, so we knew a pink birthday party would be perfect.
I designed her invitations in Publisher, then saved them as a JPG and had them printed at Costco as photo prints. Makes for a really cheap but customized invite!
For her dress I found this adorable bright pink with white polka dot sheer fabric and lined it with the same bright pink satin lining. I used the bodice pattern from my CIRCLE DRESS. But this time I wanted more of a full skirt so instead of cutting it as a circle I just made a rectangle twice the width of the bodice. I kept it simple by just doing one long tube with only a seam at the center back. If the width of the bodice is 10”, I doubled it for front and back and then doubled that. I know that isn’t the exact width, just an example. I love the way it turned out!
Reese was very happy to wear her party dress but wasn’t interested in holding still for pictures. Her headband came from a pack from Target and was perfect because it’s almost the same color as her dress with little white polka dots.
Her cake was probably the easiest thing to prepare yet had the biggest wow factor. I used my favorite box mix-dressed up recipe (found HERE) and made three layers. I then colored my favorite buttercream frosting pink and followed THIS tutorial for the rosettes. This is seriously the easiest cake I’ve ever decorated. And it looks so impressive. The pink candy beads that I scattered throughout it are from Walmart.
A few things to note if you want to make one as well: I think doing the triple layer is a huge key to the wow factor. Height is a big distinguishing difference between most homemade and bakery made round cakes. Plus, from what I was noticing in pictures on Pinterest, a double layer just doesn’t have enough room to showcase the rosettes on the sides. Also, this takes a lot of frosting.
For Reese’s smash cake I just made a single layer small round cake. I ran out of homemade frosting on the big cake, so my parents ran to the store to pick up a can of the new Funfetti Frosting that comes in this SUPER bright pink.
Since the party theme was just pink, the decorations were pretty easy to figure out. Anything pink would work! For Reese’s chair, my mom made a cute “ONE” banner that we hung across the tray. Then a “Reese” banner, homemade tissue paper pompoms and some fun pompoms from Walmart’s party section and a few balloons completed the area.
Part of my motivation to get the door hung when we did was I knew the scrappy garland I had planned would look much better on it than the wall. I just tore up several different pink fabrics that I had on hand and tied them to a ribbon. The giant 1 was made by a good friend of mine for her daughter’s birthday and then it worked perfectly for this party.
We kept the food simple but pink. Ham, cheese and crackers, chips and a pink died salsa/sour cream mix (this one was a little odd—it seriously looked like a strawberry dip so it messed with your senses), strawberries and THIS amazing fruit dip that tasted like cheesecake (I did add about 1/2 cup of sugar to it, as well as pink food coloring), frosted circus cookies and oreo cookie pops made with pink candy melts and dipped in pink sprinkles.
We didn’t plan on having a large crowd, so it was nice to keep the food simple. And since it was in the middle of the afternoon, I didn’t feel the need to provide a full meal.
The strawberry dip was seriously amazing.
Since half of our cousins moved to Colorado this past summer, and the other cousins were out of town the weekend of Reese’s birthday, we only had one little friend join us. Which meant I got to have some fun with her party favor—a pink tutu and bracelets. The tutu was simple to make and I found the bracelets for really cheap in the party section of Walmart. Seriously—go walk around that section. They have some really cool stuff.
Poor Reese got an ear infection a few days before her birthday and was SUPER tired during her party. So her thumb was in her mouth and she looked pretty spacey most of the time, but she still had a good time.
She was a BIG fan of the birthday cake!
This girl loved the frosting and making a mess, which was especially fun for us since Jace was not interested in the cake at his Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday.
All in all, it was a great day of celebrating our little princess!
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