So, someone is turning one year old soon. I know - EEK! Per tradition, we will be going to Nashville just before Thanksgiving to celebrate with friends and family. Which means I need to whip up a set of birthday linens. These are the fabrics I've chosen for her (including a bit of green you can barely see squished in the middle of the stack there).
I love these colors--especially the brown with tiny dots. I hope I still love them several years from now as they'll be Ashlyn's birthday decorations for the next few years.
When Evyn turned one I was a mess. James was set to deploy just a few days after her party and I was nervous and anxious and it seemed like everything had to be just perfect. Just in case. Just in case it was the only birthday he ever celebrated with her. It seems terrible to even see that written, but that one, horrible thought was always there, underscoring the way we spent our time together all those days leading up to his final departure. Our future was completely out of my control. So, per usual, I hyper-focused on the things that were in my control, which meant balloons and fresh flowers and fabric.
It seemed a little over-the-top at the time to dress all the tables and doorways in fabric - the party store would have been just fine, I guess. But since then we've reused these fabrics several times.
By next year, I'm sure Evyn will want a specific theme - something horrifying like Barbie or Hannah Montana or Cinderella blech. But it's been fun bringing out these fabrics every year, and we've quite unexpectedly created a little personalized tradition - each will have her own set of birthday linens.
We've also bought personalized vinyl banners to bring out every year. One suggestion I read in the review section of the online store I originally bought this from was to trace the birthday girl's hand on the banner every year for posterity. So that's now become our tradition at the end of the evening. The banners are a little generic, but they were inexpensive - around $20.
When I've finished sewing up the decorations, I'll post a little tutorial. You'd be surprised how easy it all is - and there are no-sew options as well for those of you without sewing machines.