Yesterday we hosted Pasha's first birthday party

It was so fun! I haven't thrown a party of any kind in years, and we have not had occasion to have a bunch of people over since we bought our house. You can probably guess our theme.


If you've been here for a while you've seen the stuffed panda I used for all of Pasha's monthly photos. We went to DC for my birthday in 2015 (to visit the Indiana Jones exhibit) just after learning that I was pregnant. The pandas at the national zoo had just had their baby, so we bought a little stuffed Bae-Bae which I carried around like a baby for the rest of the trip. Since then Pasha's stuff has been loosely panda themed. 

Luckily it is graduation season, so finding black and white decor was rather easy. I made the tissue paper tassels using this tutorial. It was super easy but also time consuming, so I don't recommend trying to make them all in an afternoon while baby-wrangling. Just a thought.

Of course no important occasion is complete without a new outfit. Because it is so hot, knitwear was out. Instead I sewed a pair of overalls.

This is the first time I have sewed for Pasha and I can say with certainty that there is a real dearth of sewing patterns for boys. Puperita has a ton of unisex patterns that are just darling, and as soon as I saw the Little Birds pattern I knew I had to make it. I used basic denim for the outer fabric and Cotton + Steel for the lining. Because it has PANDAS! 

This was also the first time I made button holes and it was so easy! I have been avoiding anything with buttons for myself because I was worried about ruining the project by doing it wrong, but it was so easy. I read this tutorial from Tilly and the Buttons and just jumped in. The whole project took little more than a day to sew (I had the pieces cut out a while ago). 

Because PANDAS!