On April 28, 2017 I held our twins for the first time. I remember going in for our ultrasound and having the doctor tell us there were two babies like it was just yesterday. They both have grown so much over the last year, not to mention how much they have both have changed over the past few months; Gisele is walking and waving “Hi,” while Leo has started standing up alone, taking steps and they both have the cutest baby babble vocabulary ever! We were so excited to celebrate these two turning one so we could spoil them with cake and kisses. I included all of the details from their first birthday celebration since so many of you have been following along since I found out I was pregnant with twins.
We had our closest friends and family over to celebrate the big milestone with a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Birthday Brunch. We had a gorgeous midnight sky backdrop for our photo booth by Now and Forever Photo Booth that everyone loved. They have the most gorgeous backdrops and can customize them to match any theme for any event. Everyone got their photos printed as a little souvenir from the event and they were so cute!
We had the usual brunch food: bacon, eggs, sausage, chicken and waffles, a yogurt and granola bar and more- complete with mimosas, of course! The beautiful charcuterie boards by Gourmet Platters were filled with an amazing assortment of cheeses, nuts, chocolate and fruit. We had the most delicious sea salt chocolate chip cookies from Populace Coffee, along with whipped and buttered maple cream cheese filled bagel bites and French toast bites from Bantam Bagels– which are 100 calorie bites of goodness- that you can find at your local Starbucks. The baby smash cakes and desserts were gorgeous and delicious and made by Oksana’s Sinful Sweets. Her sugar cookies were soft and chewy just like sugar cookies should be. The twins looked pleasantly surprised when we sang “Happy Birthday,” dug right into their smash cakes and instantly made hand to frosting contact.
The twins’ cake by For the Love of Sugar was the most beautiful cake I’ve ever had. It was more stunning than I could have ever imagined. I know Manal is phenomenal at what she does- I mean, have you stepped into the gorgeous bakery and taken a bite yet? She is a total gem and I don’t think I can ever go anywhere else. Perfectly adorned with fondant and gold foil stars, the cake itself was delicious. With layer upon layer of different textures and flavors, the cake was light and moist with an icing that was the ideal combination of sweet and creamy. The best part was, I simply sent her the invitation and never said another word. Manal went above and beyond my expectations and presented me with the most beautiful cake for Leo and Gigi’s big day. It was so delicious, there wasn’t a single bite left to spare.
My favorite part of the entire day was when Sparkles the Clown showed up with all of her magical glitter tattoos, balloon animals and face paint. I have never seen London so excited. I guess my two year old CAN sit still for more than two minutes. I love the way London immediately trusted Sparkles and asked her to paint her face to look like Minnie Mouse. The look on London’s face when she saw her finished masterpiece was absolutely priceless. The line was out the door to see Sparkles perform all of her magical surprises. She is darling, patient, kind and a must-have for every birthday party.
You could only imagine the way everyone’s face lit up at the sight of the variety of sugary donuts on display over piles of Opulent Treasures cake and dessert stands. The handcrafted artisan donuts by Donut Bar were rich, scrumptious and not to mention- just downright perfect; topped with animal crackers, bacon, mini peanut butter cups and the most ornate chocolate toppings and decorations. Their donuts can be customized any way your heart desires and they are also available to cater any event. The teal birthday cake French Macarons by Christina were soft and chewy with a little crisp around the edges and made you feel like you just picked up a little parcel from Paris. The amazing cotton candy cart by Spun Sugar was (organic) cotton candy perfection and the perfect photo prop for all of our fun photos. We parked the cotton candy cart right at the front door and everyone was greeted with cotton candy as soon as they walked in. I love that their cotton candy is organic so its perfect for kids and brings back all of the nostalgic memories from the sweetness of childhood.
The beautiful boxed floral arrangement done by floral designer, Maison Farola provided the perfect backdrop for Leo and Gisele’s first birthday. The gorgeous blend of roses, hydrangeas and tulips truly presented their intrinsic attention to detail and artistic style. Maison Farola’s uniqueness and artistry truly shine through their elegant flower arrangements.
The favors were stunning and sweet chocolate stars and clouds by the wonderful Favors Detroit that matched our TWINkle TWINkle Little Star theme perfectly. All of the birthday photos were taken by the extremely talented, Rebecca Y. Photography. She is phenomenal at catching life’s most treasured moments and her attention to detail is truly unsurpassed. I was so happy to look back at her photos after such a crazy whirlwind of a day to see that she never missed a beat and caught all of my favorite moments.
You know, first birthdays are a funny thing. The twins fell asleep for a good portion of it, although they had a blast when they decided to actually show up. London was so excited for the party that she couldn’t even sleep the night before. It was seriously one of my favorite days; it was so fun having a little person around that could actually tell you how excited and happy they were.
These three little baby blessings sure do complete us in every single way. To our sweet little Leo and Gigi, you both have woken up one year older and one year wiser on your beautiful birthday. We hope your days are always filled with so much joy and happiness, the days always shine in your presence and you continue to spread that contagious happiness wherever you go. Mommy and daddy wish you all of life’s most precious blessings this year and every year. We love you and pray that God blesses and protects you all the days of your life. Happiest of Birthdays to you, our sweet darlings.