Hard to believe that Emmie turned one already! I am shocked just how quickly this past year has gone, yet it feels like she has always been here. Growing up, one of my favorite books was Madeline, so this mischievous little french girl seemed to be the perfect fit for the theme of my own little parisian baby girls party.
After a lot of pinterest searches, and finding the perfect inspiration, I went into Nadia Cakes in Maple Grove to work with Dawn on a design for Emmies birthday cake. I have to take a moment and say just how fun and easy of a process it was! Dawn looked at my inspiration cake, then helped come up with ideas to truly make it personalized to Emmie’s theme and party.
When Rob pick this up, we brought it home and put it on the dining room table and just sat in awe. Admittely we both teared up, not only was this thing such an art piece but it was also a representation of our youngest child growing up. I was amazed by the attention to detail. The bottom layer was white cake with strawberry buttercream, decorated in yellow quilting with little red buttons. The top was a chocolate cake with oreo buttercream, blue, red and white strips and a hand painted Effiel Tower. Then the top was a hand-sculpted Madeline in her traditional blue dress on top of a yellow plaquared that we removed and is a keepsake for Emmie.
Drawing inspiration from other parties I found online, and the Madeline books, we send each family home with one of Genevives pups. Little Golden Retrievers with red bows and french names sat in a basket with a poem, written by yours truly that read;
“Madeline fell into a river, when she was naughty and acting up. Then quickly to her rescue came on brave little pup. Madeline couldn’t find the owners, so she brought the dog home. Then Genevive had a litter, six puppies of her own. These sweet babies now need a family to be proud of. One dog per household please, to give them great love.”
I also worked with the very talented Sue, from May First Everlasting, for some of her amazing hand-painted peg dolls of Madeline. She created three versions of Madeline for Emmie; Madeline in her traditional blue dress, in her traditional yellow dress, and of course Madeline lifting her pj’s to show her scar. Then no of set of hand painted Madeline dolls is complete without Mrs. Clavel!
Emmie LOVES these dolls, has not put them down since the party. Its adorable, because she wants to carry all four of them at once, so will stick one in her mouth, one in each hand, then look at the remaining and freak out because she can’t figure out how to get that one in her hands too. These are the perfect customized gift for any person, I can’t wait to go back and get a set of them for myself – I want to do a little pegdoll family of our family!
All and all, this was such a fun little party to put together, and an emotionally taxing one. Like I mentioned before, its so great, yet so hard to see your littlest growing up so quickly. Before I know it she will be a little girl. As our guests left the party, on the table in the entry, we had one more poem, again written by yours truly, to keep in theme of our storybook rhymes and our precious little girl.
“A mother and father, with all their might, prayed for a daughter, so beautiful and bright. After years of waiting, God granted their wish, and blessed them with, this little miss. We love you so much, our little bean, our lives are complete now, with Emilia Jean.”