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Chloe's Party: Love Notes!

by - Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chloe will turn 1 in 3 days - 3 days!! - and her party is next weekend so I've been busy getting my craft on.

I'll be the first to admit that sometimes I go a little, um, overboard with the party details. I swear the sickness started with our wedding 3 years ago - but that's what happens when you have a year-long engagement to plan the biggest party of your life... you end up spending too much time on projects like these and these. I find it so much fun though, to come up with a theme, to find all the bits and pieces to make your vision come alive, to use your hands and creativity. I know that Chloe is much too young to appreciate all this effort but I'm hoping somehow a little bit of this party will burrow itself into her long-term memory (and if not, I will have hundreds of photos to help her recall the day!).

Speaking of photos, I have taken thousands of photos of Chloe over the past year. I wanted a way to display them at her party so her guests could see how she's grown over the past year. But I also wanted to incorporate them into something special, something that Chloe could enjoy too when she gets older. So I've made up these notecards, 3 to 4 cards for each of Chloe's birthdays from age 2 to 18. I'll be asking each of the guests to pick a card and write a little note to Chloe. I think it will be a fun tradition... each birthday, Chloe will get to read some cards and see not only how she looked as a baby but also read the sweet messages from her friends and family and see what they dreamed for her future.

This was pretty easy to put together. Using an old canvas my brother painted years ago (he no longer wanted it and we were going to donate it to Goodwill so someone else could enjoy it), I covered the frame in some fabric. I used thumbtacks to attach the fabric to the wood. Then I strung ribbon across the fabric and also held that in place with thumbtacks. I made the notecards in Photoshop and found the cute flowered clothespins at the dollar store.

So pretty. And more importantly, nice little memories of Chloe's special day.

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  1. Can not WAIT to see the rest of her party! This is such a fabulous idea. I saw a few months ago a party for an older person that had something similar, but I love that instead of memories, they're writing hopes for her future. Wonderful.

  2. Caroline10:15 AM

    What a thoughtful board. Beautiful!
    Happy Birthday, Chloe!

  3. That is genius! What a sweet thing for Chloe as she grows :)

    Happy birthday Chloe! I can't wait to see how the party turns out!

  4. What a sweet idea. Can you imagine having photos and messages like that of yourself when you were older - how precious.

  5. Isn't it amazing how quickly a year goes by? You survived it Mom! Way to go!!! These notes are a wonderful way of marking the occasion!

    Happy Birthday Chloe!

  6. That is such a sweet and smart idea! A great plan for her first birthday and all those to come in the future! :)

  7. So creative, I love this idea! Those little clothespins are adorable too.

    We have a little book that holds 21 picutres and every year you dress your baby in the same outfit, something that has meaning to you. We put our daughter in my wedding dress. It will be cool when she can stand in it one day.

    Looking forward to more pictures.

  8. Anonymous3:09 PM

    So sweet! What a lucky girl to have such a creative and caring mommy.


  9. I love this idea, it is so thoughtful and looks great too!

    I can't wait to see the rest of the party!!

  10. Londen - that's such a great idea! How fun to see your daughter grow into your dress.


  12. Oh wow. That's it. And maybe "you are amazing". Now how can I pull this off for my son in just three weeks? He's turning 1 and a week later my daughter will be 3. Honestly 'tho, I'm so sad they're growing up I just want to just forget about it all together. (Bit of the going-back-to-work-how-did-my-babies-get-so-big-blues. Yeah, just a bit.) But of course we'll get a cake and balloons and do some fun things. (Got to have the cute photo opps!)

    I hadn't read your blog in a while and thought I'd get caught up tonight instead of hitting the sheets early like I should have, and I'm so glad I did!

    You go, girl! Love your creativity and your persistence with your renos. We have been renovating for years at a snail's pace.

    Julie in Ottawa
    aka Mommy


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