Grace is one!
I cannot believe my little baby is one, it seems like yesterday when we drove to the hospital for Grace to be born. That morning I was scheduled to be induced, I was a nervous wreck and cried all the way to the hospital. I wasn’t scared to become a mom, because that is what I always dreamed of, I was scared of the delivery and what possible could go wrong.
After I delivered Grace the nurse immediately laid Grace on my chest for skin to skin and within the first hour I was already nursing. I remember how warm her body was, her skin was so soft and pink, she was so precious. We have created the most special bond this past year nursing. Now I am facing the difficult task of weening her from nursing, so far we have focused on baby led weaning.
This past year has been truly amazing. Our tiny family has grown so much. We have been able to witness so many milestones in a short year, from rolling over, playing with toys, crawling, and now walking and talking! Grace doesn’t stop moving anymore, we are constantly following her around the house or stopping her from getting into something she shouldn’t be touching, like the trying to touch the toilet, haha! It has been a great year, but it is going by too fast! I cannot stop hugging and kissing Grace, because I know I have to cherish our time together.
For Grace’s first birthday, I decided that I wanted to have a Carnival theme, I am very excited to share some of the pictures with you and give you the inside deets on the planning. My family all chipped in to help make all the appetizers and sides, we then catered the main courses (chicken and Italian beef), and for dessert we got a family favorite, cannoli cake from a local Italian bakery. I made a Funfetti smash cake for Grace and cupcakes for everyone else. To stick with the carnival theme, I decided on a candy bar for favors/dessert. I bought most of the candy at the The Candy Warehouse. I chose a variety of candy so everyone from the kids to adults would enjoy a bag full of delicious sweets. All of the tables were decorated with a hydrangea in a mason jar, from The Farm and either peanuts or popcorn to go with the theme! We also had a moon bounce, which was a huge hit with the kids and helped out the parents by occupying the little ones all evening. I think everything went as perfect as we could have hoped and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. See below for pictures and links.
The cotton candy machine was so fun and all the kids lined up to get their fill, for some it took two or three cotton candies before they were done. My husband was a great help with this, it did take a little time so while I was running around making sure that everything was perfect and serving dessert, he made cotton candy for the kids.
Below, you will find links to where I bought most of the party supplies. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small percentage of commission.
Cotton Candy Machine – Nostalgia PCM305 Vintage Collection Hard & Sugar-Free Candy Cotton Candy Maker
Cotton Candy – Blue Raspberry and Pink Vanilla Cotton Candy Floss Two Pack
Raffle Ticket Decor – Raffle Tickets 2000 per Roll 50/50: Fuchsia
High Chair Banner – Carnival High Chair Banner
Invitations – Carnival Invitation
Sweet Table Sign – Made by my sister
Plastic Candy Jars – Party City
White Picture Frames: TJ Maxx
For the smash cake and cupcakes, I just used boxed Funfetti cake mix and made my own buttercream icing. I was not too concerned about making a healthy or sugar free cake for Grace’s birthday party. It was a special occasion and she really did not eat much, I think most of it ended up on the floor or the garbage. I used two of Wilton’s 6″x3″ round pans to bake the cake. Then I frosted the cakes and used these Frosted Animal Crackers as decoration. Super easy and fun to make.
- 1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix
- Buttercream icing
- Frosted Animal Crackers
- Make funfetti cake mix according to box. I used two Wilton’s 6″x3″ Pan and they worked perfectly. Place a piece of parchment paper at the bottom of each pan to ensure they come out of the pan in one piece. I cut two circles by tracing the bottom of each pan, oiled each pan and then placed the parchment paper at the bottom so it did not move.
- Once baked, remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, remove from pan. I had to shave a little off of the top of each cake with a bread knife so the cakes layed nicely together.
- Decorate! Ice with your icing, I made my own buttercream, but store bought would work just fine. Place an animal cracker around the bottom of the cake, rotating colors. Add sprinkles to the top!