Over the weekend we threw Alys Rose a party to celebrate her first birthday! We welcomed around twenty-five guests for afternoon tea and sunned ourselves in the garden while the children played.
Although I know Alys won't remember her first birthday I love any excuse to throw a party and make a special effort; it's nice to release some creativity now and again and I consider it necessary to celebrate surviving a year of parenting two children on very little sleep!
A few weeks ago I won a bundle of Liberty goodies from a photo competition and fell completely in love with their delicate floral prints. It seemed like the perfect theme for our beautiful Alys Rose so I quickly got into planning mode and put together ideas for some pretty floral decorations!
Two of my favourite parts were my DIY cake topper and the string of favourite photos from the last year set up behind the food.
Oh, and let's talk about the cake.
I saw the idea for an ombre rose cake on Pinterest a while ago and thought it'd go great with our floral theme but I rarely bother to make elaborate cakes and don't have much experience with icing. However, it turned out to be fairly easy and everyone loved the result. My only mistake was not putting enough pink colouring in the bottom layer of icing so the ombre effect wasn't quite right, but I'll learn for next time! It's probably best not to think about how much butter and sugar went into it though...
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we had a great time! Alys was spoilt with lots of lovely presents and it was special to celebrate with some of the people that have cheered us along and helped us in so many ways this year.
Alys' favourite part was having her first ever taste of cake! There will be no stopping her now!