As Tibbons’ first birthday draws nearer, so too do the birthdays of his contemporaries. I decided to make their cards myself, for a more personal touch and to be able to give them something a bit different. I don’t know about you, but where babies are concerned, it seems that you often get repeats of cards, and while there’s nothing really wrong with that, I think it’s nice to have some variety and I know I’ve been really touched when we receive a hand-made card. Lest you should think it’s totally altruistic, I also reckon it will work out a bit cheaper than shop-bought cards and will have the added bonus of giving me something creative and crafty to get stuck into, a pleasing way to spend Tibbons’ nap times!
Before the end of the year, I have 7 babies to make first birthday cards for – the two below are the first ones I’ve made and given – what do you think? I did wonder if the butterfly design was perhaps a bit grown up for a first birthday card, but I really like it so I’m sticking with it! As for the bunting card, I’m quite pleased with that one too, having made the miniature bunting myself with washi fabric tape. The one thing I would say is that there is perhaps too much white in the background, but I’ve never really made cards before and I’m sure I’ll improve as I go on!
I liked the butterfly card so much, I used a very similar design to make the invitations for Tibbons’ first birthday party – I cut the blue number ones freehand from some sticky-backed glittery foam material which I got about 5 A5 sheets of in Tescos for something like £2. With that and just a little bit of washi tape, the invitations had the advantage of being both quick to make and inexpensive – win, win! And the lucky recipients seemed to be very pleased with them too – I opted to write the message inside in the voice of Tibbons, which seemed to go down well – especially his promise to share some of his cake with everyone!
Now I just have to get on and decide what cake I want to make for the birthday tea party and what supplies I need to get (can you tell I’m looking forward to it?!) Did you give your child a first birthday party? Do you have any tips for me if so?! Ours is just going to be a small, family affair, but I want it to be special, to celebrate a wonderful first year together and a life-changing day one year ago. Part of me is amazed that it’s been that long and another part can’t believe that Tibbons isn’t older, he seems so grown up already!