On May 27th, 2017, our little Mia turned one! It took a while to get all the pictures together, but here they are!
She had her party the Sunday before her actual birthday. After months of planning, I would like to think that the party was a success. Here are some of the pictures from her first birthday bash!
I wanted to make her entrance picture a little bit more personal, so we added a few fun facts to the picture. I thought it added a special touch! And, of course, I used the picture from her Tootsie Roll photo shoot.
The kids who attended the party had two moon jumps. My husband wanted one for children 4 and below and one for children 5 and above. That way, parents felt better knowing their smaller children weren’t going to be mixed up with older kids, who tend to be a bit rougher, especially my niece’s hip-hop / cheerleading team.
Mia wouldn’t sit in her high chair at first, which I decorated with a Minnie Mouse fringed banner. But once we put the cake on the table top, she finally sat down. After we sang happy birthday, we had to help her with her smash cake. She wasn’t too sure about “playing with her food,” so the “smashing” was very uneventful. I think she felt more at ease the next day because she started smashing the cake some more.
Besides her smash cake (which was red velvet), she had a “main” cake, which was a combination of banana and chocolate (like our wedding cake) in the shape of a Tootsie Roll. Her godmother, Kristin, also ordered her an 80 cupcake tower topped by another mini Tootsie Roll cake made with fondant.
The happy birthday banner was a DIY that I think turned out really well. I used construction paper from Michael’s that I would cut out every day after work for a week. I finally glued everything and hung it on the wall with brown specialty string (also from Michael’s) the day before the party, which was my only day off since I worked on the actual day of her party. The apothecary jars that I used for the cookies, Tootsie Rolls, Butterfinger Bites, Twizzlers, M&Ms, Sixlets, and Oreos are from Pier 1 and Target.
I’m so thankful for my girlfriends (shout out to Ira, Zirrah, & Suzy) for helping me fill the dessert table. There were cake pops, Minnie shaped rice krispies, meringue cookies, chocolate crinkles, chocolate chip cookies, and mini cupcakes. My mom also baked her famous leche flan, while my mother-in-law made her awesome cassava cake. My sister, who not only prepared the spaghetti, also provided the “buko pandan.” My dad made his chop suey and bam-e, and my father-in-law made his kinilaw (raw fish). The rest of the food we ordered, like the lechon (roasted pig), general tsao’s chicken, and pizza for the kids.
Because she was so excited about her party, she didn’t end up taking her afternoon nap. Here she is, knocked out near the end of her party. She was wearing a brown tutu (from ebay), Minnie Mouse shoes (from Target), and red top (from Janie & Jack). After the cake smashing, she changed into a white tutu (from Target), white top with her red target shoes to finish off her look.
When she woke up the next day, she was in a much better mood for picture taking. She took a picture on the dessert table and the dining table where all her presents were.
We decided to go to the beach the next day, where Mia wore a two-piece. She also wanted to make sure everybody knew how old she is in the last picture!