Pink Love Bug invitation. If I was going to make the lady bug pink, why not make the dots white! It wouldn't be a Love Bug without hearts, and of course I had to add an adorable photo of the birthday girl! (*The beautiful photo of Annabelle was taken by the incredibly talented Amber of ambershereephotography.com)
Affordable tip: If you are a Costco member their photo lab does a great job with photo cards - you can get 50 photo invitations for only $14.99 and the matching silver lined envelopes are included!
Instead of baking and decorating a huge 4 tier cake to serve all the guests I decided to scale down my cake plans and add cupcakes to make up the servings. I created matching pink lady bug cupcake toppers to tie it all together (the DIY printables are available in my shop). Next I went shopping for some scrapbook paper to create a banner for her highchair and created a custom birthday hat. Find the free template here!. I embellished the pink paper hat with feather trim and cardboard cutouts purchased at my local craft store. The result was a perfectly spunky one-of-a-kind hat comparable to fabric ones sold in boutiques... but all for under $10!
Of course, last but not least, the birthday girl herself had to match the theme! My mother-in-law, and awesome seamstress, Denice of Green Tulip made this adorable pillow case dress for Annabelle to wear on her big day.
(*You can find a step-by-step guide with photos to create your own pillow case dress by Susan Petersen for FreshlyPicked.)