We decided to keep things simple this year. I made a birthday banner for her first birthday that I still really like, which I hung that up in the kitchen. It was super easy to make. I wanted a pennant type banner, so I cut triangles out of cute scrapbook paper. Because we had just moved in our house, my vinyl cutter wasn't set up yet, so I printed out letters in a font that I liked, traced them onto the leftover scrapbook paper, and then glued them onto the triangles. To make it really easy, I stapled the triangles to a piece of ribbon, and had a cute birthday banner that has actually held up really well.
I have seen so many cool cakes online, and really wanted to make one in the shape of a number three. Lucky for me, the week before her birthday, I saw this one on Pinterest and from reading the blog, knew how to tackle it. That cake was completely covered in M&M's, which I wasn't sure if I wanted to try or not, but I showed the cake to Little Bug and she said that she definitely wanted the M&M cake. I baked two bundt cakes using this recipe, and then cut out the parts that I didn't want and arranged them into a three shape. I frosted it with chocolate buttercream frosting, and after getting the first few rows of M&M's on, decided that it was way too tedious putting them on. So, I opted to have rainbow stripes instead, which I actually really like the way that it turned out. It tasted good too, and we didn't even have any leftovers.
We spent an evening at a park, eating cake and ice cream, playing, and hanging out with family. The weather was perfect, the company was fantastic, and it was a really nice day.