Today we celebrated Michael's first birthday with friends and family and the first birthday cake smash. When Callie turned one, I had decorations and a professional cake. For Michael, it's not that I'm lazier, it's that I've learned it doesn't matter to him. And, I realized that if I made stamped decorations, I'd be able to easily scrapbook them with the same supplies! Two birds, one cupcake....
Speaking of two cupcakes, my cake maker went out of business when she got marred - her love for her husband replacing her love for flour and sugar - so I had to improvise. Baking is not my strong suit but I thought this was fun. Callie was able to help me mix colors to make the bright cakes and then I decided to arrange them as a one...
As for what I made, I used the Hooray, It's Your Day stamp set for all of it.
First I made cakes so I needed a topper since he's too small to blow out a candle. I used Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango, and Daffodil Delight for the color scheme. The 1 is a stamp from a retired set I can't remember the name of! The banners are cut with scissors and wrapped around a stick using dimensionals.
I also made a party hat for him. It looks a little like a luau hat. I cut a piece of 3 x 11 Wild Wasabi and cut it with the fringe scissors. Then I cut two pieces of 11 x 1. I stamped one with stars from the stamp set using Wild Wasabi and wrapped on the bottom overlaying the fringe. Then I stapled the second strip on the hat to size it for his noggin. I stamped the sayings and then turned over the saying stamp and stamped an outline in Daffodil Delight. Such a cool technique.
I also realized I needed plates. If he was older, I'd be willing to splurge on designer plates for $4 for 8 plates. But, again, I thought it would be fun to stamp them. And it was much cheaper to stamp plain white plates than buy Mickey plates just to decorate the garbage can.
At the end of the day, I could have bought gold plates and perfectly made cupcakes and helium balloons, but look how happy he is with what he had. His first taste of sugar, his first real party, his first big mess. And that is what is priceless. I spend so much time trying to make things perfect for my kids but it's days like today that remind me perfection isn't important - something you just have to embrace the madness and be in the moment.
- Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
- Stamp Set: Hooray, It's Your Day
- Ink: Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight.
- Accessories: Scissors, Dimensionals, Fringe Scissors, Stapler
Have a craftastic day,