Back in November of 2013, I took Kate to have her silhouette cut. I'm not entirely sure why, but I'd so looked forward to having this done (since long before she was even a glimmer in our eyes!) and the experience truly exceeded every expectation! Then, I used the silhouette as the theme for her entire party. From the invite (which I didn't get a picture of to share) to the favors, her sweet baby profile, together with a light pink/sage green color palette, tied the party together. A few pictures are below:
|I hung light pink lanterns to draw the eye to each "station" around the parish hall. On several, I added Kate's silhouette.|
|I sent the silhouette to the good folks at Victor Trading Company in Colorado, and they sent back a hand-made cookie cutter in the exact shape! I made tons of sugar cookies using their simple recipe and iced in light pink royal icing to give as favors, shown here. I also used the cutter to cut out the benedictine sandwiches we served.|
I'd hoped to include a picture of the "gift table" but cannot seem to find in on my computer. Because we were inviting the whole church, as well as friends and family, it didn't seem appropriate to ask for gifts, but we also understand that birthday parties are typically gift giving occasions. So, we turned into an opportunity to begin teaching Kate about philanthropy and asked folks to bring (if they felt so inclined) a book for us to donate to Baby Health Service, a local nonprofit organization that provides free medical visits to children without health insurance. After each doctor's visit, every child (birth-18 years) is sent home with a book, as long as they have books on their shelves. We were delighted to take 50 board and picture books to Baby Health after Kate's party!