Over the holidays my little Isabella celebrated her 8th birthday and had her baptism.
She loves all things orange and so we used orange balloons in the pictures she had taken
by my good friend Syl Galloway. They matched the orange ends of her hair very nicely.
So, when we were deciding what to do for her baptism, we thought it would be fun to
use the theme "Orange You Glad I'm 8".
I made her invitations in Photoshop using the pictures that Syl took of her in November.
It was fun to use the accents of orange to match the balloons. It was fun to see her
spunky personality come out in the photos and on the invitation.
On her baptism day she wore the same white dress that my youngest sister wore
on her baptism day. It's a beautiful Hawaiian dress and I loved that she got
to share in the tradition of using the same dress just like my niece did. And I
love it so much more than the jumpsuits that are usually worn.
Her hair was my favorite! I wanted something that we could do before and it
would survive the dunk of the baptism. I didn't want her to look like a drowned rat
after, but I also didn't want to spend the time drying and styling it. When I found
this Rope Twisted Pinwheel Bun from Cute Girl Hairstyles, I knew it would be
perfect. It took me about 45 minutes to do. The CGH lady said like 15 minutes,
but she's more adept with hair twisting than I am!
I love how the orange peaks out every once in a while and adds a little bit of her
orange-loving personality to her hairstyle. It weathered the baptism perfectly and her
hair looked quite lovely the entire rest of the day.
It's tradition for my parents to give a white baptism towel as a gift, but she was so busy
with the amazing quilt she was making, I ordered one on Etsy this time. I was pleased
to find HuckleberryStew! She had quick turn around time and I could choose an
orange CTR shield the towel in addition to her name and baptism date.
I also made her a guest book for friends and family to write her a note so she could have
a record of all the wonderful people that came to celebrate with her. I used the photos
that Syl took and had the book printed by Shutterfly. It was a good way to also let
Isabella have her pictures from shoot with Sylvia all together and be able to look at
them whenever she wants to remember her special day.
We served light refreshments after the baptism - or course with an orange theme!
I made number eight sugar cookies and my sister and I frosted them with orange
buttercream frosting. I was going to frost them with royal frosting, but Isabella informed
me that it wasn't her favorite and so we changed plans. We also had orange lollipops,
orange Airheads, orange licorice, Cuties and white powdered donuts. I made cute
wraps for the water bottles that said "Orange You Glad I'm 8!"
And do you see the quilt?! I asked my mom 3 years ago when JT got baptized if she
would make Isabella a baptism quilt. When she came to visit this summer we worked
together to make a rough sketch of what I was thinking and what Isabella would like.
It turned out even more beautiful that I could have imagined. I will share more pictures
of it later along with more pictures of her dress!