You know when you see those signs that say "12 Months No Interest!" or "12 Month Tarot Card Reading," or, if you're really lucky in your nearest Mexican souvenir shop, "12 Month Mayan Calendar"?
Well, all "12 months" makes me think of lately is Charlotte, because she's officially one year old! She hit the big 0-1 on October 21st, and we had a little party on the 22nd to celebrate.
On her real birthday I couldn't resist buying her a mini cupcake to celebrate. She liked it, but she loved that candle even more.
I designed this little invitation for her party. It's a timeline of her first year, highlighting such things as "First Word (Ellis)" and "First Auburn National Championship."
We were so fortunate to have special friends and most of our family here to celebrate with us.
Charlotte, my mom and dad
I have such talented friends who helped make Charlotte's party so special. Laura Self Burton of Uprising Cakes blew us all away with her to-die-for almond cake, perfected with flowers on top, a dusting of fine gold glitter, and shell pink ruffles all the way around. Charlotte even got her very own baby smash cake! (Keep scrolling for more photos of her beautiful cakes.)
Charlotte, me, Laura
Laura Rowe has documented Charlotte's first year in photos every three months, and she brought it full circle by shooting the party. Below you can see some of her incredible talent. You can also see what a fun time we had! I made tissue paper pompoms and some fabric bunting banners to hang, and used some pale pink carnations, billy balls, and some kid of little green berry (not sure what it's called) in glass bottles and apothecary jars. For favors we had beautiful (and delicious) cookies by my cousin-in-law, Elizabeth, of swEEt thang cookies and more. I also put out some candy necklaces, rings, and watches (for the gentlemen) to get us spiffed up.
Happy Birthday, Charlotte Bethea! Your first year has been our sweetest year.