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Eleanor’s First Birthday Party

We celebrated Eleanor’s first birthday last Sunday. There were plenty of paper daisies (I knew I’d find a use for them some day!), a happy birthday banner, pink baloons, and floral garland across the windows.

Eleanor's First Birthday Party

Eleanor's First Birthday Party

Eleanor's First Birthday Party

Eleanor's First Birthday Party

The weather even cooperated for us.

Eleanor's First Birthday Party

Eleanor's First Birthday Party

Eleanor and Brandon

Oh look, an elephant! Too cute, right?

Eleanor's First Birthday Party

That vase is actually a teapot, but it’s adorable when filled with flowers.

Eleanor's First Birthday Party

Eleanor was a gracious host, thoughtfully opting to skip her nap so as not to miss a moment of her party.

Eleanor and Me


She was in a good mood the whole time though, despite being tired toward the end.

Tired Birthday Girl

I ordered a cake for the party, but I asked for it to be left completely plain with just pale pink frosting. I wanted it to be a blank canvas, but the bakery apparently thought that I meant “smash a bunch of crumbs all around the edge, and pipe some frosting shapes as a border around the whole cake”. Oh well. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with it anyway; I just knew I wanted to decorate it myself.

Birthday Cake

I made Eleanor’s silhouette out of chocolate for the cake. I melted chocolate chips in a sandwich bag, snipped the end, then laid parchment paper over a template that I had printed out to size. I did the best I could, piping the outline first and then filling it in, and I placed it in the fridge afterward to harden. I also wrote “Happy Birthday Eleanor” in white, lightly scratching the letters in the frosting with a toothpick first as a guide. The cake was not perfect, but it was fine. The guest of honor seemed to like it quite a bit.

Eleanor Loves Birthday Cake!

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  • Paty fontes
    May 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I got the same hat for Barbie @ her Bday! Adorable cake! I like the way you think in all details…

  • Christie
    June 5, 2010 at 12:10 am

    So cute!

    Where did you get the hanging green pot from?

  • christie
    June 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Where did you get those beautiful tissue decorations (hot pink & white)? I love them!

  • RIA
    August 26, 2010 at 1:18 am

    hi, i love your design ideas and i want to know where did you get the metal word eat & drink. i want to get one :) could you send me the shop where you bought it? thanks

    • Making it Lovely
      August 26, 2010 at 8:23 am

      Those letters were a gift from my mother-in-law. She got them in a little shop in Des Moines, Iowa.

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  • Rebecca
    May 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I have now seen 2 teapots similar to yours! One in Good Housekeeping and one on a TV commercial. You are a trend setter ;)

  • Celeste
    September 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Where did you get your Happy Birthday banner? So cute. =)

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