We (I) decided on a tea party theme for Ellie's party. It was very delicate and lady-like, which has been the continuing theme of Ellie's name, sip and see party, and now birthday. I had a lot of fun planning it, although I learned the hard way that next year I need to start the planning a little earlier. With her birthday falling about two weeks after Christmas, I'm hoping to have the majority of the planning done for Ellie's second birthday in the fall, before the holiday business picks up.
I was able to use my Silhouette Cameo to hand-make most of the decorations-- the wreath, the happy birthday banner, the 12 month pictures banner, the flowers on the high chair, the fabric bunting, and the birthday onesie. Jason got me the Silhouette for last Christmas (2011), but since Ellie was born weeks later, I really didn't get much immediate use out of it. I pulled it out for my sister-in-law's baby shower in September, and then used it again for Ellie's birthday party decorations. I definitely got some good use out of that machine!