For Sadie's birthday, I had visions of tulle and flowers and all things nice. I've never been a girly, frou-frou type and do not get me started on child beauty pageants. But. After three boys I seem to have this need for a little glitz.
On the way home from soccer practice, I stopped by Jo-anne's with four sweaty, red-faced, muddy children to pick out some tulle. I considered a lovely shade of purple or green but the boys insisted on pink. No lie.
I was going to use this tutorial (sewing required) but eventually chose the no-fuss, no-sew one here, bookmarked sometime during my pregnancy with Sadie. I'm glad I did.
At the craft store, I also found the perfect flower edging which helped finish the waistband. I made a headband to match. The flowers are just strips of white fabric sewn on elastic in a circular pattern.
Not a hit with Sadie.
It didn't help that she was miserable and sick on her birthday. She wailed and squirmed and yanked at the torturous accessories until I finally took pity on her and removed them.
Will save them for another day.
Browsing through other people's rejects at a thrift store a few days before Sadie's birthday, I noticed a particular candle-holder and remembered another project I've had in the back of my mind for a while. (Check out her other awesome DIY ideas)
A cakestand! I've been wanting one and there was the perfect candleholder for $1. I searched for a plate that seemed to match and found one for $2.
Glue them together, let dry and you're done.
Adds drama to any cake.