A last-minute celebration isn’t the worst thing in the world.


Life for the Esplin clan has been a little hectic, as I’ve mentioned in every blog post the last couple of weeks. Since we’ve been so transient, it was a little hard to plan the birthday celebration for Penelope that I had in mind. While I’ve had to come to terms with reality, we didn’t seem to have any shortage of laughter, cake, ice cream and family.

cake & Penelope

I was a little disappointed that I didn’t have enough time to send out proper invitations, so I settled for pingg invitations and good ole fashioned phone calls. Pingg is fabulous, except when you don’t have everyone’s email addresses. Sadly a couple of family members fell though the cracks and weren’t informed of our partying.

lemon cupcake

cake face

My theme, if any of this had any sort of theme, was yellow. I love yellow, and Penelope brightens so many people’s lives that it just fit. I wasn’t able to get yellow cupcake cups or yellow napkins or yellow flowers (again, seriously only 24 hours to prep for this thing), but I did find my mom’s awesome wedding plates that had a ribbon of yellow, my yellow table cloth and some yellow wallpaper for Penelope’s happy birthday sign. Find the tutorial on how to make your own banner, here.

birthday banner

I now realize how much effort my parents went to when it came to celebrating my birthdays. They always made such a big deal out of us kids. Stay tuned for a special birthday tutorial & download!

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    1. melissa wood says:

      great minds think alike!

      we did yellow and grey too! awesome.
      what a dolly that little Penelope is. Good work, Melissa!

    2. Laurie says:

      I love the plate with the smiley face. What a darling little girl!

    3. Brooke says:

      what did you put in the middle of the lemon cupcakes?

      • Melissa says:

        I put lemon frosting on top, a peach ring, more frosting and a lemon head. It was all very citrus-y. The cupcakes themselves had a cream cheese/white chocolate filling in them.

    4. those cupcakes look delicious!

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