Scarlett’s mom Terra and I have been friends since high school. When Scarlett was born last year, I must admit that I immediately started planning all of her future birthday parties in my head. When she was about nine months old, I started hassling Terra about Scarlett’s first birthday party. We tossed around a few ideas for themes, most of which surrounded one of Scarlett’s three favorite songs: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Patty Cake, and Row Row Row Your Boat. We settled on RRRYB and wanted to play up the “merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream” portion of the song – as life is truly but a dream for any baby turning one! We also knew we wanted to use a fun, but girly color palette, and avoid the normal nautical theme of navy, red and white. We took Scarlett to Charm City Cakes for her first (but surely not last) cake tasting and design consultation. We set our husbands to work on the cardboard boat “photo booth.” We had theme appropriate snacks like Swedish fish, classic gold fish and salt water taffy. While Charm City Cakes provided a delicious smash cake especially for Scarlett, she did not give us a smash, but kept true to her character and daintily picked at the little cake. Terra created the mini coloring books given as favors to the younger party guests. You can see more from the party here.