Most of the time, it's hard to remember what it was like before my niece Sofia was in our lives. But, in reality, it's only (already?) been a year. To celebrate this auspicious birthday last weekend, I insisted that my brother and sister-in-law let me help throw a party worthy of this funny, fully-articulated little character. I chose a (kind of crazy) color palette of red, purple, and pink based on the Paperless Post invitation we chose, and made paper banner decorations to tie the whole thing together. This being my first toddler party, I was worried there wouldn't be enough toys and activities for the little guests, but, happily, it turns out balloons are endlessly entertaining to the under-two set. And for the grown-ups, we provided enough liquid refreshment to make things fun (including cans of "Sofia" champagne). In the end, the party was a huge success, and it was a day I am sure Sofia will never, ever, ever forget.
Clockwise from top left: I made paper banners using red, pink, and purple scrapbook papers (check in tomorrow for the step-by-step how-to); I had help hosting and setting up from Sofia's "uncles" (one by blood and the other by heart); the food table was decorated with 36" latex balloons from Balloon Ideas; the Paperless Post invitation that inspired the decor; We gave out decks of UNO cards as favors; The birthday girl stays cool in some pink shades; Blowing out the candle; Sofia rides on a cute (but scary) wooden ladybug toy; I baked #1 cookies using a cutter from Coppergifts.com; Refreshments included Izze sodas and Sofia sparkling wine.