You will never believe how long ago I did this Spring Butterfly Garden party for my daughter! Let’s just say she is 6 now and this was her first! She has such an incredible story and we had to celebrate big! I call it the Quinceanera, because it was a big party for a one year old. You see Brianna was overcoming an illness called Infantile Spasms right when she turned one year old. She had acquired it at five months old. They are essentially baby seizures that can cause serious developmental damage to a child if not caught and treated on time. I don’t think I ever felt so scared, angry and frustrated in my life. There is no worse feeling in the world than knowing that your baby is ill, not knowing the cause and not knowing if she was going to respond to the treatment. There are so many uncertainties and so much guilt. I always thought was it something I did? or didn’t do? As you know, I’m a woman of faith and during those times, not only did I pray to God the hardest, I also asked anyone I knew to do the same. Especially my mom, who is the most amazing prayer warrior I’ve met! God put in our path amazing specialists who to this day, call her the miracle baby! Miracles do happen and angels do exist. God healed my baby! She responded well to treatment and hasn’t had any more seizures since around that time. One of the side effects of the treatment was moodiness, so I am eternally grateful to Him for allowing us to enjoy her laugh, and a bright, happy and active Brianna.
For Brianna’s first birthday, I wanted a very girly garden and butterfly theme party. We always called her cutie pie, so her big brother picked the theme: “Cutie Pie Flutterby”. We thought it was so darn cute! I made sure to have lots of white and pink with a few yellow accents. This Spring Garden party had tons of candy and desserts. On the dessert table, I included actual cutie pies, which are mini apple pies baked right in the jar. I featured a brandy almond flavor “mojaito” (wet) cake, the cutie pies, no-bake cheesecakes in baby jars, raspberry truffles, a rose buttercream smash cake, fondant-decorated sugar cookies and strawberry cupcakes. For the candy I used, gumballs, pink taffy, jelly beans and lip sour gumdrops. I also had a drink and cold hors d’oeuvres station. We served crackers, cheeses, olives and cute butterfly-shaped tea sandwiches. We didn’t even photograph it, but we also included a hot food station with the basics. So if you have ever been to a typical Puertorican wedding or Quinceanera, you will find yellow rice with pigeon peas, roast pork and potato salad. That’s what I call the basics. LOL!
My daughter looked so adorable with her big pink flower on her beautiful curly hair and a pink tutu of course. She was so cute sucking her thumb and just taking it all in! I knew she would love parties like her mama! No, that’s not me in the photo with her, that’s my beautiful sister. I was running around so much that I actually didn’t take a nice picture with her. I had a butterflies table wrapped in tulle for all the girls to sit around. Each chair had butterfly wings for each girl, which doubled as favors. I made butterfly-shaped chocolate lollipops and placed inside white metal buckets on their table and cupcakes in a swirl stand as the centerpiece. There were paper butterflies all over the table as confetti. For the photo booth, I had tons of props, feathers, hats and funny glasses for funny pictures in front of a pink backdrop. The kids had tons of fun with those! The invitations, I am One, Cutie Pie Flutterby and Welcome banners were hand cut and made by me.
All desserts and styling are by Rose Torres from Cake and Party DIY. The candy was purchased at Oh, nuts! – www.ohnuts.com. The table cloth is fabric from Jo Anne’s Fabric. The Backdrop is an actual ruffle curtain from Target. The rose and butterfly details on the backdrop are from Michael’s Stores. The photos are by Chely Photography.
Have you ever had a reason to celebrate big? Leave it on the comments and don’t forget to live the cake life!