by Caitlin Gluvers of two bassets and a baby
Planning my daughter's first birthday party was something I dreamed of before she was even born. My mother is a wonderful hostess and growing up I always helped her plan everything from Thanksgiving dinner to countless bridal and baby showers. We love to entertain so I couldn't wait to throw Emilia the first birthday party of her (well, mostly my) dreams.
When it came to Emilia's birthday party, there was an added challenge--the dreaded Christmas birthday--December 28th to be exact. The holidays are a busy time for everyone, and no one really wants to add another gift-giving occasion to the calendar! But, it was important to me that Emilia felt special and had her own celebration. So instead of running in the other direction, we embraced her "Christmas birthday" and chose to celebrate with a Sugar Plum Ball, inspired by the ballet, The Nutcracker.
In order to remain sane through Christmas celebrations and Emilia's party three days later, I decided to focus on one main table as the center of her party. And the centerpiece of that table was, of course, the dessert! I knew I wanted to incorporate SugarShoppeLA's adorable sugar cubes into the decor. I reached out to Brittany months in advance and we brainstormed what sugars would be the perfect fit for the theme. In the end, we decided on pink princess crowns and delicate snowflakes. I ordered a gorgeous smash cake for Emilia and mini cupcakes for our guests. I used the sugar cubes as mini cupcake toppers and they were absolutely perfect! In fact, they stole the show!
It can be a daunting task trying to plan the perfect celebration for your little one. But I found that focusing my attention on one small area made the whole planning process more manageable and the party a huge success! I find that the small touches and added details are really what makes a party memorable. SugarShoppeLA's sugar cubes were the perfect addition to the desserts and guests of the party still mention their uniqueness to me! Those details will be what I remember from that day for years to come!
For more of Caitlin Gluvers' mommy stories and strategies, head over to her fabulous blog: two bassets and a baby.