A first birthday tradition

Family traditions are the best! Think.Make.Share is excited that Rachel S., Studio Ink Art Director, is sharing her family’s First Birthday tradition with us. It’s a super simple idea needing very few supplies to capture a moment no one ever wants to forget. Dig in!

Traditions make a family. Growing up, I always looked forward to my mom’s cheesy meatball soup on Christmas Eve, heading to my aunt’s farm for Thanksgiving, and driving across the country to Florida every summer. Now, as a new mom, I can truly appreciate the value of creating these moments that make your family special.

I was lucky enough to have parents who captured our family’s whole history on film. They were analog Instagramming without even knowing it! What an amazing treasure to see my whole childhood packed into photo albums. It’s in these albums that I fell in love with my mom’s First Birthday tradition. I knew that one day I would be recreating that moment with my own kiddos.

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On each of our first birthdays, she would spread out a tablecloth or newspapers, add a messy chocolate cake, and then let the birthday baby go nuts. Such a simple idea and so fun! As far as I’m concerned, she is the baby cake-smashing pioneer.

I knew for my daughter Luna’s first birthday she was going to smash a cake, but since I’m a Designer at Hallmark and my new favorite hobby is photographing my baby, I HAD to spice up the tradition a tiny bit.

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Did I mention that I gave Luna a signature color before she was born?? Well, I did, PMS 317, sorry not sorry, and it just so happens that Hallmark has an amazing selection of tissue papers that includes that aqua color as well as other coordinating colors that were perfect for the tassel banner I wanted to create. The sparkle tissues add lots of festive detail and the polka dots were the inspiration for the oilcloth tablecloth I used. The tassels are so easy to create, even my scientist husband could do it! And it makes for a super sweet backdrop.

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Throw in some letter balloons, an adorable cake from a local bakery, cute bloomers, a curly headed baby, and – presto! First Birthday magic!

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In the end, Luna was more interested in the tassels than the cake, but I couldn’t be happier with how the moment turned out. Her Nana approved, too! It was fun to plan the details and to hear Luna’s giggles as she clapped her sticky, pink-icing covered hands. The tradition continues!

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Happy First Birthday, Luna! I love you to the moon and back.

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Photos: Jane Kortright  |  Vintage Photos: Ike Karaca  |  Cake: Bloom Baking Co.  |  Bloomers: House of Mia  |  Tablecloth: Oilcloth By the Yard  |  Tassels: Hallmark Tissue Paper  |  Balloons: Jamboree Party Box

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  1. 8.15.16 | Reply
    Bess wrote:

    What fun! And holy cow, Luna and you are baby twins! Thanks for sharing such fun and cute ideas.

  2. 8.15.16 | Reply
    Tobe wrote:

    This is adorable! Wish I’d thought to assign my babes PMS colors before they arrived! What a fun idea.