Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hadley's 1st Birthday!

"Once in a lifetime you get to turn one - one cake and one candle, one whole day of fun!" This is what one of Hadley's birthday cards said and isn't it true?  Here are some pictures from her special birthday and some fun craft projects that you can do too!
This banner and shirt were handmade for her special day.  More details later in the post.

I found these Martha Stewart treat bags at TJ Maxx.  I put pink and gold candies inside and printed "Hadley's ONE, thanks for joining in the fun!"
For these swirly cupcakes, I made two batches of icing.  I dropped some red dye in one batch to create the pink and left the other white.  I stuffed one side of the baggy with the pink and the other with the white and then swirled it around for this fun ombre effect.  Then, I sprinkled with frosting glitter found at Michael's. 
Hadley with her Aunt Emily.
Hadley and Camden posing for a picture, sort of.
Hadley loved receiving her baby dolls.  She gives them big kisses and hugs.
She had lots of prince's and even a dog, Woody,  helping her open her gifts.

Hadley loved being sang to.
And she really loved getting to dive into her very own cupcake!  She took her time and ate every morsel. 
She took breaks to clap for herself.
After she made a mess of her birthday shirt, she changed into this cute outfit from my Aunt Beans.  
She danced...
...played with her dollies...
...kissed her Grandpa Kaboom & Grammy...
...stopped for a picture opp with her Mom & Dad...
...and some of her girlfriends...
...and finally, received kisses from her cousin, Prince Landon. 
All the while, the boys were hiding upstairs playing video games.
The next morning she woke up and told her new peek-a-boo dolly all about her fun birthday party.
This is another shirt I made for Hadley.  I had made the flower headband because I love this bright magenta color.  Then, I found this skirt at Target for $10 so I just needed a cute shirt.  Using Photoshop elements, I put Hadley's name in a fun font, put a crown on top and then matched the color to the skirt.
I then flipped the whole image horizontally (so that it wouldn't read backwards) and printed it with an ink jet printer onto Avery Light Fabric Transfer paper (found at any office supply store).  I then cut around all of the letters and centered it on her onesie as shown above. 
The next step was to iron it on.  I let the material completely cool, then peeled it off and...
Voila! You've got yourself a custom made outfit that looks like it's straight from a fancy boutique.

This is a picture of her birthday shirt up close.
While I was at it, I whipped up some gifts too.  I found these cute pj's at Walmart for super cheap, I think they were $4.
I made a matching set for Camden, Hadley and their cousin Landon.   
I also made some gifts for some special new babies...Graham, Ella & Stella. 
I made this banner with cute card stock, a mega whole punch, crepe paper and pre-cut letters.

I used the Marvy Uchida mega scallop punch, found at Archivers,  for the base.   I folded the crepe paper in half and then on the backside of the paper, put a little bit of adhesive around the edges and put the crepe paper all around it, making pleats as I went.
I flipped it around and adhered pre-cut letters (or make them yourself using a Cricut machine).  Then put two holes at the top to string the ribbon through it to make the banner.  

I used a template for these princess/prince crowns that I found off of the Dear Lizzy blog.  She has her own line of craft products and a very inspiring blog. 

I cut out the templates, using cute scrapbook paper found at Hobby Lobby.  I used the same scallop punch for the center and then cut out '1's' for all of the guest hats.  I put a little strip of elastic on the back and adhered it with a stapler. This is the base look, then I added embellishments like German glass glitter, crepe paper, rhinestone stickers and dresden to get the completed look as pictured below.

If you have any craft ideas for parties, I'd love to hear about them!  Thanks for stopping by.  
xoxo, Natalie  


  1. OMG. I love, love EVERYTHING. Will you party plan for Caitlin's first?! Hadley's outfits are to die for!!!!! What a sweet little princess!

  2. Thank you Erin! Yes, I'd love to plan sweet Caitlin's party!