First Birthday Smash Cake Party

365 days. One year old. My beautiful baby girl turned one recently and I’m still processing it.  I can’t even believe I’m typing this because it seems surreal.  This time last year she had just made her grand entrance into this world and completely changed my life forever.  How lucky am I that I get to be her mommy?  I feel so blessed that God sent her to me after my horrific miscarriage when I had lost all hope.  There are so many emotions I’m feeling so it’s quite challenging for me to convey them into words and put it all into one blog post.  I know most of you follow along for outfits and fashion ideas but I wanted to document this special celebration and share it with you as well!

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday, polka dot tulle skirt, pom pom hat

c/o Polka dot tulle skirt (love this one too) // Ann Taylor sweater (similar HERE) // Pink bench

Milan’s outfit: Pom pom hat // H&M top // Wheat Kids Leggings (similar HERE) // Bloomers from Marshalls // c/o Baby moccasins

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

I had all of these extravagant plans in my head and started to stress out when everything was delayed due to the holidays.  Clearly I didn’t factor this in when planning.  I had two dresses I wanted to put her in and neither arrived on time.

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

Polka dot dress // Flower lace crown // 60″ pearl necklace

I didn’t even know smashing a cake was a thing until I started looking for one year birthday inspiration.  I needed one cake for her to enjoy and eat during photo time so of course I baked her an organic cake from scratch.  Due to her eczema, we have been very careful with certain foods as we are still trying to identify potential sensitivities.  Rather than guess what’s in a store bought cake, we felt more comfortable preparing one ourselves  Appearance wise, the cake was a total fail (nailed it!) because I was over zealous with the beet juice I used to make pink food coloring so my frosting was a little too runny.  Surprisingly to all, it tasted delicious (even better than the custom cake) but just didn’t look very pretty.  I promise you I really can bake and my hubby will back me on that! LOL

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

 c/o Fabric banner (so pretty) // Pink tulle sweater dress // Tights

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

I didn’t even know smashing a cake was a thing until I started researching one year birthdays.  I needed one cake for her to pose with and I baked an organic cake for her to eat.  We have to be very careful with her diet because of her eczema. 🙁  The cake was a total fail (appearance wise) because I was over zealous with the beet juice I used as pink food coloring so my frosting was too watery.  It tasted delicious but just didn’t look very pretty.  I promise you I really can bake! LOL

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

Baby Bjorn high chair (pink)

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

Floral tutu dress (6-12 months)

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

LOL this photo kills me!  She was so exhausted from all the fun and new things to look at. 🙂

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

c/o Space 46 Boutique pink tulle skirt // H&M lace top (similar HERE) // c/o Hello Gorgeous pillow // Pink bench

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthdayI had to cover up Milan’s arms and legs to prevent her from scratching.  Anyone who’s dealt with eczema knows that for some reason, as soon as air hits the skin, the itch begins!  Poor baby girl, I didn’t want her to have so many layers on. 🙁

one year smash cake party, pink one year birthday

c/o One Highchair banner // c/o Half pint milk bottles // Pink cake stand // White scalloped cake stand // Pink and White gumballs // Apothecary jars // c/o Monogram sign // One cake topper // Ballerina birthday package // Pink & gold tassel garland

Baby girl leotard, bow leotard, baby girl pink tulle skirt, Gap pink pom pom hat, Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins

Pink tulle skirt (6-12 months) // c/o Bow leotard (6-12 months) // c/o Freshly Picked moccasins // c/o Lulu & Georgia Rug // c/o Pottery Barn baby ottaman // c/o Unicorn // c/o Wayfair glider // Pom pom hat

All in all, did it turn out the way I had planned? No. Does it matter? Not at all. As long as she’s healthy, happy and had fun, that’s all that matters to me.  Gosh, I love her to much that it hurts!  I had no idea a love like this even existed.  She truly is my everything! 🙂

As always, thanks for reading and if you are in need of an organic cake recipe, just let me know and I’ll send it your way!

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  1. Wow how beautiful enjoy every minute my little girl is now 14 ! Everything looks wonderful! I can empathize on 2 points , miscarriage ( will I be a mom ?) and eczema . My daughter has a food allergy to nuts. It took what felt like a long time to diagnosis , I would recommend an allergist which you may have visited already . I would forgo the skin scratch test ( painful) and do a blood test for allergies.
    Happy, Healthy, & Joyful Birthday Wishes!!!!

    • Hi Yvette! Aw thank you so much! Gah..time goes by way too fast doesn’t it? Seems like yesterday I was pregnant! Crazy! Thank you for the advice on eczema – we have tried literally EVERYTHING 🙁

  2. Happy birthday to your little one and congrats to you for surviving the first year! My daughter also had really bad eczema which we later found out was an allergy to dairy and soy. We use lingon emulsion and it’s the only thing that has worked. Best wishes.

    • Hi Hanh!

      Thank you so much and I’m so sorry to hear your daughter had eczema too but luckily you found the cause. We are still figuring that out and have tried ever natural remedy and also elimination diet since I’m still breast feeding…praying for a miracle!

  3. Thank you for sharing! Though I initially followed you for your style, I do enjoy the little tidbits of your journey through motherhood. I’m a few months behind you but it’s always refreshing to read about how other new moms are doing as well. Let me know if you ever have eczema questions-my nephew has had it for 6 years! Happy birthday to your little one!! And congratulations to you!

  4. Happy B-day to your adorable baby, she’s so cute and the two of you are so stylish! Everything look so pretty, love the cake, so pretty too! God bless her! Xx

  5. Happy Birthday to your beautiful baby girl!! I’m so happy for you and your family. Thanks for sharing your personal stories!!

  6. oh, Annie…everything looked so beautiful for Milan’s first birthday! Great job! Enjoy that sweet baby girl. She’s such a precious little angel.

  7. What a beautiful post! So fun to see you two looking so pretty in pink! Looks like she had a super fun time and the photos you took are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing her special day with all of us!

  8. She’s so cute! You’re a happy mommy. Have a great day and enjoy your kid. Like everybody says: “They’re growing up too fast!”.

  9. Happy Birthday to your beautiful Princess!!! She is such a blessing! I was wondering if you are selling or donating her beautiful clothes. I’m expecting a baby girl… I was wondering… please email me at [email protected] let me know! I will happy to speak with you. Have fun and enjoy every day with your princess Milan! 😉

  10. Happy Birthday to your beautiful Princess!!! She is such a blessing! I was wondering if you are selling or donating her beautiful clothes. I’m expecting a baby girl… I was wondering… please email me at [email protected] let me know! I will happy to speak with you. Have fun and enjoy every day day with your princess Milan! 😉

  11. Happy Birthday to your beautiful Princess!!! She is such a blessing! I was wondering if you are selling or donating her beautiful clothes. I’m expecting a baby girl… I was wondering… please email me at [email protected] let me know! I will happy to speak with you. Have fun and enjoy every day day with your princess Milan! 😉

  12. Hi! I’m so in love with this photoshot, Do you remember which backdrop did you use? . Milan is so cute!!

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