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Olivia’s First Birthday Party

Olivia’s birthday was on December 20th. We had a birthday party for her with friends and family on the 18th. I have been planning her birthday party for months! I kept changing the theme. I went from being set on a Winter Wonderland theme to wanting to do a funfetti theme and I finally settled on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star! She would always smile when she heard the song which is why I chose that one!Olivia's first birthday partyOlivia's first birthday partyOlivia's first birthday partyOnce I was set on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star theme I cleared my Pinterest board of all of the other party ideas and began to really search for anything star related. I knew I wanted a lot of balloons at the party so I decided to design a star balloon background for the dessert table. Well, then I had to decide what colors I wanted the balloons to be. That took forever! I am horrible at making decisions like that because I love all of the colors! What I did know is I wanted silver, gold and one other color. Stefan suggested a dark purple color which I loved, but didn’t think I would be able to find the dark purple color I was envisioning. While looking for the balloons I came across a local vendor, The Ballooners, and sure enough he was able to provide the exact color of purple I had imagined.Olivia's first birthday partyOlivia's first birthday partyOlivia's first birthday partyOnce I had the balloons ordered and I was settled on what to do with them I started looking for ideas on how to design the table. I wanted the table to be a dessert table filled with star shaped items. I was able to find a three tier platter in the shape of a star and I found a Martha Stewart cake platter in dark purple! It could not have worked out better! I decided to use dessert plates, that I already had, to fill in the rest of table. I used a star shaped cookie cutter to cut out rice krispy treats and peanut butter and marshmallow sandwiches. I filled the three tier star platter with donuts. To be honest, I had no idea what I was going to do with the cake until I started to ice it. The buttercream frosting tasted delicious, but was hard to work with because it was so tacky so we decided to leave the icing looking like a snow ball and then add star pics I had picked up at Hema while in Spain. I love the way the cake turned out and Olivia seemed to like the way it tasted!Olivia's first birthday partyOlivia's first birthday partyOlivia's first birthday partyWe had meatballs, crab ball, salmon ball, cheese ball, a vegetable platter with dip and an assortment of cookies for everyone to chow down on. For the adults, we decided to provide prosecco because it’s bubbly and goes with the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star theme.

I ordered a birthday glitter crown for Olivia from Little Blue Olive that had a #1 on it. I found a gold sparkly wand while we were in London at Zara. I was hoping to find a dark purple dress for her, but had no luck so we settled on the dark night dress with shiny dots from Gap. The shiny dots went perfectly with her birthday party theme! She was so distracted by her cake that she actually wore the crown for the pictures. Lately she hates when anything is on her head so I was shocked she kept it on!Olivia's first birthday partyOlivia's first birthday partyOlivia's first birthday partyOlivia had a lot of fun playing in the ball pit with all of her friends. We were really glad all of Olivia’s guests were able to attend so close to Christmas.