Tiggy’s first birthday was now over a month ago on June 18th, and what a busy month or so it’s been since she’s turned one! We’ve been to Paris, twice, and had an eight day stay in the south of France! (Blog posts to follow).
Time seems to be racing by at an alarming rate and where Tiggy’s first year went I just don’t know. It’s funny isn’t it that when your baby is born you know that one year later they’re going to have their first birthday and so there’s effectively one whole year to plan ahead and think about their first birthday, yet literally just hours before her party, which we held on her actual birthday as it fell on a Saturday this year, I was sending Tiggy’s Daddy back and forth various shops grabbing last minute bits and pieces including many cylinders of helium as I hadn’t realised just how much we’d need for the ridiculous amount of balloons I’d ordered!
It seems that no matter how long I have to prepare for something I am always very last minute but I’m pleased to say that despite this, it all came together nicely and Tiggy’s first birthday and her first birthday party was absolutely perfect (even if I do say so myself). It’s not just about what her party entailed but the people who shared Tiggy’s first birthday with her, her family and close friends. It wasn’t until the day was over I realised I’d not had a photograph with the birthday girl, just her and I, other than one prior to guests arriving where I still had my hair tied back whilst putting finishing touches to things. I really must have more photos taken of my children with me in them even if I’m not fussed on being in front of the camera!
We’d had a spell of rainy weather prior to Tiggy’s birthday party and given that her birthday is in June I had wanted a garden party so that’s what I had planned, but as the day drew nearer the weather seemed to be getting worse, typical! On the morning though the sun shone and we had blue skies and thankfully the rain held off which was perfect. Especially more so as the Sunday was abysmal with heavy rain all day, so we were incredibly lucky and the sun most definitely shone for Tiggy on her birthday.
We popped a little marquee into our garden the logic being that should it rain we’d have shelter and should it be bright and sunny we’d have shade in which to eat. The marquee really was a blank canvas so we decorated it in pinks and golds with paper balls, balloons, ribbon, organza and pretty much anything I could find that was pink or gold.
Pinterest came into it’s own here as was great for decoration ideas and I’d particularly liked the idea of pink milk (that’s strawberry milkshake to you and me) and bought a kilner urn for just that.
The cake of course was to take centre place on the table and as I’d found a gorgeous company called Sophia Victoria Joy that makes cake toppers I didn’t want the cake to detract from that so the cake was plain to look at but when you sliced into it I wanted the wow factor hence having every shade of pink inside and I was really pleased with how that worked out despite it being Tiggy’s Daddy in the end who organised the cake as he was concerned that even by my standards I was cutting it a bit fine organising things!
To top off her birthday party outfit we enlisted the help of the ever so talented milliner that is Emma from Ivy & Nell. Emma very kindly made Tiggy’s newborn photo shoot headbands all of which feature throughout Tiggy’s blog so Emma was the natural choice to make something divine for Tiggy’s first birthday. Emma, as always, came up trumps and designed and made the most exquisitely pretty headband for Tiggy. I gave Emma a blank canvas putting us entirely in her hands and if you’re ever looking for beautiful bespoke millinery look no further than Ivy & Nell. We met in a gorgeous little village tea room in the Gower to collect the headband and Tiggy seemed as excited as me to receive the box containing it. We couldn’t wait to open it!
To record the day I bought a little guest book so that those who came could write a little message for Tiggy, something wonderful and thoughtful that she could look back on. I’m all about recording the little details (hence this blog) as know only too well that time goes by so quickly and I want to remember as much as I can. Thankfully everyone who came signed it and it’s a lovely little keepsake for Tiggy and I’m so pleased.
We hired a bouncy castle to keep the older children entertained, we had a pink ballerina shoe piñata that every child seemed to love giving a good “whack” even Tiggy! and Tiggy’s daddy had the BBQ going and we’d made enough party food to “sink a battle ship!” I’d wanted a little sweet stall for her which I was due to collect that morning but simply ran out of time to go get so we popped the sweets into some lovely jars and the children could help themselves to scoop the sweets into party bags to take home. We even got a little creative and made marshmallow lollipops, Tiggy’s daddy decorated some little cakes and we cheated a little and bought some pretty floral headwear for the girls.
We had an amazing day, greatly enjoyed with great company and Tiggy was spoilt absolutely rotten with the most wonderful gifts some of which were so thoughtful that I had a few tears. A very lovely family friend bought a Dr Seuss book and told me to “ignore the pictures and focus on the words” which are so beautiful, I cried. Another wonderful friend had a Beatrix Potter book personalised for Tiggy and again the words are just beautiful, cue more tears. Tiggy was given a baby Pandora bracelet which was so small and incredibly sweet, I hadn’t realised they even made a baby version of the bracelet I have, such a thoughtful gift and a lovely doll with Tiggy’s name embroidered on it was very sweet too.
Speaking of tears, I shed many “happy tears” both prior to and afterwards at the bittersweetness of my little girl turning one. I have cherished this first year of Tiggy with her, I’ve been fortunate to spend the whole year with her and watch her grow before my eyes. It always amazes me at just how much a baby changes the first year of their lives, such growth and development and I’m so proud of Tiggy. She’s the most beautiful little girl who has been the most amazing addition to our family. With three older brothers she is utterly adored and they have all been so wonderful with her, she is going to be one very protected little girl that’s for sure.
And so my darling little Tiggy, thank you, thank you for the most fabulous 12 months, thank you for being the most wonderful little person, you give the most beautiful cuddles, you’ve always a smile on your sweet little face and you complete our gorgeous little family, you complete me. We love you oh so much and I can’t tell you how much you’ve made me (and everyone else) smile this first year xxxxxxx