I've been super busy lately, getting everything ready for Kinsey's first birthday party and working on rush orders and custom piggy banks, too. We decided to go all out for Kinsey's first birthday, no that she will remember it, but it really felt like something we wanted to celebrate with all of our friends and family. The party was held at a local park and the weather was gorgeous! We really lucked out being that early October in the southwest can be different weather everyday.
The theme was ladybugs, and the invites were ladybugs whose wings opened to give the party details. I made Kinsey's party dress- a little ladybug print dress and a matching hair bow. This was my first attempt at sewing a dress so I was relieved and proud at my accomplishment.
The part of the party I was most stressed about, but also most looking forward to preparing was the cake. This is my new fixation....cake decorating. I made a big ladybug covered with fondant, chocolate cake with chocolate icing (all from scratch). I also made about 50 cupcakes, half chocolate, half buttermilk vanilla (from scratch again) with butter cream icing. I decorated those in ladybugs and sunflowers. I think they looked great...and they tasted pretty good too. Kinsey seemed to agree after devouring most of her icing at least.
We were so pleased with the turnout...over 50 people and plenty of kids to play. Thanks to everyone for joining us to celebrate and for being so generous with you gifts for Kinsey. She is well stocked with toys and clothes ;o)
Uncle Clark and Aunt Felisa refinished this rocking horse and wood-burned her name. They did a great job, and this will be a keepsske she will always remember!
Opening presents at home.
Playing with Cousin Troy, they have the best time together!