Wasn’t London just born??? I swear if I had a penny for every time someone said to me, “Cherish this first year, it goes by so fast,” I could pay for her college tuition. As annoying as that phrase can get, it hasn’t been more true than in the past 11 months. Maybe it’s the whole “getting pregnant again before your baby turns 1” thing, but the past 11 months have been a blur.
Seriously. Where did my baby go?? London hasn’t taken any real steps solo yet, but she does a great job when holding on to something or someone. She’s mastered stairs (ugh), and the 15 second stand-then-plop. She turns 11 months old this weekend, which means I am busy getting her birthday party plans together.
I don’t have an official theme, but the soft colors were inspired by London’s girlie side. She is 100% girl. She very delicately picks things up, when the dogs track a leaf into the house, she hands it to me or David (so cute), and she has the softest little voice (unless she’s screaming at 3am). I am planning on making her a fun smash cake to match these pretty pastels, and cupcakes for the rest of us. Unlike Peyton’s first birthday, we are keeping the guest list small. Just immediate family and close friends with babies.
I’ve also been working with the sweet Hana from Little Dovie to make the most perfect banner for London’s party. Think blooms, tassels, and glitter. (Hana is seriously amazing to work with, and she goes above and beyond to make sure you get exactly what you want. You can see how I styled her banners here and here, too!)
As for gift ideas, I am planning on completing her BabyLit collection. If you haven’t seen these board books, you’re missing out. The illustrations are amazing, and it’s a great way to introduce your little one to some of the classics! (our favorites are Romeo and Juliette and the Secret Garden). I have also been eying a mini piano for her, and another set of Tegu blocks, because the girls can never have enough (sharing is hard, sometimes).
What are some of your go-to gift ideas for first birthdays?? Thanks for reading!