Typically, this would be a standard “week in review” post, but since last week consisted mostly of Lark’s first birthday party, I’ve decided to include it in a party post! (You can see the video at the end of this post)….Also, Wedding Wednesday will be happening on Thursday of this week…Hey, I can only do so much these days!
Lark actually turns one on September 7th, but because we would be with family during Labor Day weekend, we decided to throw her party then. I had been stressing and crafting decorations for a few weeks, but the party turned out beautiful.
I chose a lemonade theme because…well, I don’t really know why. It was partially inspired by my favorite cupcake recipe for Pink Lemonade Cupcakes, which you can find here. And partially inspired by some summer decor they had floating around at Target earlier in the season. I managed to snag the tablecloths, cups and napkins on clearance! The lemonade sign was also on clearance! I can’t remember exactly how much I paid, but everything was about $2-$4. The cupcake display was a DIY project using two dollar store plastic trays, a dollar store candle holder and some poster putty. It was perfect and really cute!
Lark’s was actually vegan. She has both milk and egg allergies and I was sad that she may not get a real birthday cake! Until I found a recipe for a vegan vanilla cake, which you can find here. It was actually REALLY good, but very heavy and dense. But it baked nice and fluffy! The frosting was a bit hard to pipe, because it’s consistency was a bit different. I piped wedge shapes on top to mimic a lemon. I hand cut two number ones out of glitter card stock, and secured them to a skewer with hot glue. One for her cake, and one for the cupcakes.
Lark loved it! She had never really had a sugary treat like this before, since she can’t eat your typical baked goods. She enjoyed it! She isn’t very keen on feeding herself (we’re working on it) but I did manage to help ‘guide’ her so she could get some bits and pieces off of her hands, which you’ll see in the video. She didn’t make too much of a mess, but I fear she’s learning to hate messy hands like her mother and father! Although, at one point, she rubbed her eyes and smeared cake all over her face. We also decorated the high chair she sat in for the cake. I hung a tassel garland that I made around the tray and bought her a bib from Glitter Bibs on etsy. It was a bit big, but so pretty! Her little stuffed robot birthday friend is from Chicky Pop Shop.
We served lemonade, obviously. Pink and traditional, which we put in plastic mason jar pitchers that I got for $1 at Walmart on clearance. I also put paper straws from Hobby Lobby in mason jars decorated with a twine bow. I also used mason jars as vases with Baby’s Breath and lemon slice accents in the water.
Some of the other decor included a tassel garland I made by hand using tissued paper sheets and lots of floral puffs, also made from tissue paper. I hung some twine and hung photos from pregnancy to now as a ‘timeline’ of her first year using clothespins. I don’t have a good photo of it, but you can see it in the video. We used a tent that James parents have and also hung streamers across the top and down the posts.
It took a lot of prep and set up, but was done with the help of Lark’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. James and I could not be more grateful for the love and support that they give to Lark and our family. If it weren’t for them decorating, cooking, entertaining…the party would not have been possible. It was such a fun day, celebrating our girl. We had lots of family of friends come out to share in her special day. She quite enjoyed opening her gifts, or tossing paper, rather…and she received lots of fun goodies. Two special gifts we got for her were a book called The Girl Who Lost Her Name, which was customized using her name, Lark. And also a tiny, porcelain figurine of a young girl with a pretty, gold one on it. I managed to only cry once, while reading the card we gave her. I mentioned to someone recently that I finally understand the phrase ‘I love them so much, it hurts..’
This girl is absolutely worth every minute spent on her little party and the last year has been nothing short of amazing. She’s so smart, funny and sweet. We never get enough of her and I’m so excited to see what her future has in store. Our little Lark Story, you are loved beyond measure. In 4 days, she will be one whole year old.
Lark’s outfit consisted of a lemon swimsuit from Gap, a tulle pom pom skirt, made my me, and a tiny, gold crown, also made by me (with some structural help from her dad, uncle and grandpa…if you ask them, they’ll let you know that fits were thrown in its creation. Mama is the WORST perfectionist!) She also rocked some gold moccasins from MyBriellaBo on etsy.
And, without further ado, our week in review vlog, featuring the one year celebration of Miss Lark Story!