When I found this vintage red dress I almost squealed. This is the kind of dress that you dream of finding but never do, or when you do, it’s badly damaged or costs hundreds of dollars! But this treasure, and a bunch of others that are equally as charming, found me about a month ago! There is a local thrift shop that changes its name so frequently I honestly don’t know what it’s currently called, but the proceeds all go to help women in the community! So it’s one of my favorite places to donate to and to source vintage clothes from!
When I saw it, I quickly prayed that it would be big enough to fit me! Then wheeled Ansel’s stroller right in to the dressing room! It was just a touch too big which is easy to fix! My mind started planning when I would get to wear it and I instantly knew it would be perfect for our birthday party that was coming up! Ansel was actually born on my birthday. I promise that when he gets older he can have his own parties but for now, he didn’t mind sharing his cake with me;) We planned a (sort of) over the top circus party for his birthday… but we wanted to celebrate making it through his first year and what a precious gift that he is to us. So we did!
Since it was a circus party, it was only right that Ansel get to be the ringmaster, so I made him a jacket out of a red baby dress shirt and a bow tie from ribbon that I had lying around! I took in my dress a little at the top and took a few inches off the bottom. There was no way I was changing this sweet dress other than a few fitting alterations! It was such a sweet piece and I couldn’t bring myself to hack it apart! When you see the after photos, you might have a hard time telling that it was even altered! Especially since the only full length picture we took that day was with my beautiful sisters!!
This vintage 1950’s high chair was a great find at the same thrift store! I have been planning *our* cake smash since I realized that I may never get my own birthday cake again! And part of my plan was a sweet highchair! I thought I would find a wooden one and paint it, but this metal chair was better than I could have ever imagined! It started out a very pale and rusted pink! But in the store, I promised Ansy that I would paint it for him! I was so happy with how it turned out!
Happy Birthday to my favorite tiny ringmaster!!
Also, can you even BELIEVE that CAKE!?!?!? Alyssa from Simply Sweet is BEYOND talented!! Thank you so much!!