on may 28th, these beauties turned one, officially! you can catch my birthday post here with a few of my favorite photos from the hospital last year, but today’s post is all about their birthday celebration!
we had originally planned to host a little cake smashing party in central park on madalena’s and beatrice’s big day, but ofcourse the weather forecast was thunderstorms all day long. in all honesty, it was nice having it inside at our apartment, though. didn’t have to haul all the party supplies to the park and was nice to just have lots of little friends playing with toys and running about before and after the cake smashing.
as for the party, we kept things very relaxed and simple. i made tiny cakes for each of the girls the morning of and josh filled the apartment with balloons. we kept the treats low-key too with fruit and cookies and sparkling drinks, but perhaps the highlight of the spread (and maybe for me personally as a sugar lover?!) were the tiny jars of edible cookie dough from DŌ. kristen and her team at dō are the sweetest too, because while i was ordering the cookie dough, they were like, this is our gift to the baby girls! and the gesture meant so much. so many have been rather generous with their time and support and gifts this last year as we’ve welcomed these beautiful girls into our lives and i hope they all know what it has meant to me. sometimes it is hard to be on the receiving end of such support because i want to do it myself and i struggle asking for help (i’ve been trying to be better), but people have swooped in countless times this year with meaningful gestures and i have so appreciated the thoughtfulness, kind words and support.
lots of photos below, some of which my friend amanda snapped and i feel forever grateful (case in point of what i’m trying to say in the paragraph above… i’m trying to multitask and snap a couple of photos during the party and she comes and takes my camera from me and LOOK AT THESE PHOTOS!!!) and, we had ashley lauren come and capture video for madalena and beatrice to have someday. from the longer film we made of the party she also pulled together a shorter 1 minute video clip of a little bit of the party and cake smashing which you can also watch below.
for those who have asked about the birthday crowns, i found them on amazon and i am just as surprised as you probably are that these girlies kept them on during a good portion of the party!
for party favors, we tied a little string around pairs of pink peonies with little notes that eleanor hand wrote saying, thank you for helping me grow and blossom this year! eleanor actually spent quite some time on these sweet notes, making each one different doing some block letters, some letters with curls, some cursive and some 3D styled notes as well. i think her darling final touches really brought these little thank you party favors to life!
i was very nervous if these little cakes would turn out because i didn’t have the right size mini round cake pan that fit these mini cake stands, so i made a sheet cake and then used the top of a drinking glass to cut circles into the cake the size that i needed. it was a good idea until i had to begin frosting, and then a lot of the cake began crumbling into the frosting since it didn’t have the proper outside seal. nothing some extra frosting and a lot of sprinkles couldn’t help me out with though. ;)
my beautiful beatrice in pink!
and my sweet madalena in white.
to be honest, celebrating the one year mark with 2 babies felt like a party for every single one of our immediate family members. i hugged josh and the kids extra that morning being like, your patience and understanding and help is why we are all still alive! thank you thank you thank you!
some close ups of the adorable tiny jars of edible cookie dough from DŌ i mentioned up above! they put stickers with pictures of the girls on the tops of the lids of different flavors which made the jars so freaking cute! i have always been such a hardcore fan of their signature chocolate chip cookie dough and didn’t think i’d ever like another flavor beyond that one, but i found myself throwing a bunch of the oatmeal m&m jars into the back of the fridge for later after i tried one during the party! is that so bad to admit?!
time for some cake smashing! we did this seperately with beatrice and madalena and it was very sweet to see how each one sort of went at the cake in their own way! beatrice knew she didn’t want to share any, giving her brother the sweetest and most subtle head shake no when samson asked if he could have a bite! madalena enjoyed smashing it so much, some cake went flying up in the air as she did so. these girls are just the sweetest.
before being plopped into the tub to get cleaned off! i found cake in my hair like an hour after the party ended so that was fun. ;)
we can’t have a party without a dance party and what is a dance party without samson flossing?!
family photo! or an attempt at one! the next two are honestly my favorite. sums life up perfectly these days and i wouldn’t have it any other way.
happiest of birthdays to my miss madalena and my miss beatrice! we love you so much. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!