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My Baby’s First Birthday Party

I can’t believe it’s almost been two months since Liam’s first birthday. He is changing so much and I love every minute I am blessed to experience his existence. So, since I’m still catching this blog up on my creative happenings I thought I’d post pics of his fabulous birthday bash. Our small house was crammed full of people and my weeks (literally weeks) of planning, crafting and baking all culminated in one glorious afternoon with friends and family.

The theme was primary colors and since candy usually fits so well into that scheme, I ordered candy from the Old Time Candy Company, which has just about everything you can dream of or remember from childhood. It was reasonably priced and compared to me driving all over the city trying to find exactly what I wanted, it was the best option.

I baked cupcakes for an entire day and frosted them all myself (with the help of my mom’s amazing frosting making abilities). It was exhausting to say the least. Add three kinds of cupcakes to Liam’s cake and about a million cake balls and I was definitely tired of baking by the end of all of this. I made the cupcake stand out of cake boards, paper, ribbon and soup cans. It was far from symmetrical, but so worth the effort. Here’s the tutorial I used: This is also a great tutorial here with some variations:

Top the cakes off with some delicious Jones Soda and so much candy, and I’m sure everyone went home in a sugar coma for the rest of the day. But it was worth all the trouble. It was a good practice run for the next birthday when Liam may actually care about the decorations and may do more than just stick his finger in his cake and desperately try to shake the frosting off.

I also wanted to include a few pictures my mom took with her awesome camera for Liam’s one-year pictures. Oh how I adore this boy!

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About Erin Shipps

Life in your thirties can sometimes feel like you're stuck between what has happened and what's yet to come -- like being amidship. But I'm forging through with thrifty household decorating, DIY projects, health advice, and just life. When I'm not crafting my local Kansas City magazine VintageKC, I'm busy being a rock star's wife and mommy to the most beautiful 3-year-old. Welcome to our world amid the Shipps.

2 responses »

  1. It was a wonderful party. Thanks for having us! I’ve already started thinking about V’s first party. And those pictures! He’s so a sweet gentle soul to me!


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