Monday, 1 October 2012

Happy 1st Birthday Esra Aaliyah!

This is going to be a long post.

Yesterday was my little Sunshine's 1st birthday. I honestly can't believe a whole year has gone by so quickly. I actually feel very emotional about it, it feels like yesterday that I held her in my arms for the first time. My whole life has changed since becoming a mother and I really do understand the true meaning of life and appreciate every single day a whole lot more.

Esra Aaliyah you are our world, we thank god everyday for blessing us and love you more than words can explain. You are our little princess!

Allah seni nazardan korusun biricik kizim!


Esra's day started with smiles and was happy to be riding around in her new smart trike!


We had a small family gathering which was nice and intimate.The party was supposed to be a 'garden party' at my mums but we had some fantastic wind action in London yesterday that made everything start flying left,right and centre. So, we had a warm indoor party instead! Here's the 'sweet' setup.


The giant pink cupcake cake was purchased from Asda.


I made little favours with cupcake cases!


I personalised some bubbles for the kiddos also with cupcake cases.


Some more sweet action...


I made the cupcakes!! *so proud* They tasted so yummy, they were vanilla cupcakes with vanilla butter cream frosting topped with pink glitter and pearls. I used pink food colouring to achieve the desired tone to match the actual cake. We also had another walnut cake to munch on.


I made some paper flowers by scrunching up cupcake cases for some added colour which now live on my makeup area. Yes, the theme was 'pink' and 'cupcakes', I'm sure you guessed that by now.


Foodwise, we went all Turkish. We had 'Lahmacun' which my mother in law made, 'Cevizli lokum', (walnut bread), peynirli pogaca, (buns with cheese filling) kisir (cracked wheat with fresh mixed salad), and potato salad was all made by my mum. Yes we had pink plates, cups and cutlery! :)


 I snapped some photos of Esra in her party dress in the garden!


The dress was from Gap but I'm afraid it's very old, my mum purchased it for her in the sale when Esra was just a few weeks old. The cardigan is from Zara, the tights are from H&M, I made the headband from a clip and added the crochet bits.


Now for the fun part. 

I did a little indoor photo shoot of her Eating cake for the first time. I taped the balloons to the wall and used the 50mm lens on the canon 600d to get some cute shots, although silly me forgot my tripod.


Yum!

SHE ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE CAKE! Uh oh.....

The tutu and top were both from H&M, the shoes are from Next and I made the headband.
Thank you to my family & friends for showering Esra with the most beautiful and thoughtful gifts. We are truly blessed. Also a huge thank you forall of the sweet messages on Twitter and Instagram.
I heart you all!

xXx

72 comments:

Hola Bambi said...

Esra is absolutely gorgeous, happy 1st birthday xx

The pampered pout said...

Esra is so cute, doesnt seem like a few months ago i read the post when she was born, i have just had a baby girl 10 weeks ago and time is flying already x

Supergirl said...

Happy birthday for your little angel xxx

Sharon said...

Happy 1st birthday Esra, she is so cute wish her many more to come. Time sure flies!

hannah maggs said...

bless her getting stuck straight into that cake :) shes beautiful, happy birthday little one! i remember the very first time you posted about her too, i cant believ its been a year. you must be so proud of her. her party day looks wonderful xx

rubanxrose said...

Happy Birthday! Such a great celebration!

asmaa said...

Happy belated birthday to Esra! Mashallah she is absolutely beautiful. It's so strange and wonderful how much they grow in such a short space of time! And all the effort you put into her birthday, inshallah one day you will all look back on these pictures together and smile :) xx

Beauty Balm said...

she is beautiful! Happy 1st birthday Esra x

Shadowy Lady said...

OMG Mushine everything is GORGEOUS! You need to be on Pinterest I swear I'd re-pin everything you put there :D And happy birthday gorgeous Esra, it's been so nice to follow your journey so far :)

Btw the food looks yummy too! I'm Persian but I love all Mediterranean food (Persia, Turkish, Lebanese, Greek)

Muhsine Emin said...

Thank you all so much :)

@Asmaa InsAllah :)

@Shadowy_lady Thanks hun :)

Alisha said...

You are so creative! I hope Esra had a fabulous 1st birthday. Very well done to you! X

Nazia @ MascaraMagic! said...

MashAllah, she is so beautiful =)

I loved seeing the icing all over her face!

x

EilidhPie said...

Oh she is just beautiful! Love the cake pictures! Happy birthday Esra! Xo

About Me said...

Shes adorable. Happy first birthday Esra. I remember being pregnant at the same time as you, my little mans birthday should have been today aserll but he was 2 weeks late lol. Xx

Fatma said...

Hersey çok guzel olmuş sade ve sık en onemlısı Esra çok guzel Allah nazarlardan korusun ınsallah d.gunu pastasını senimi yaptın?esranın elbısesınebbenzerlıkte ama başka renkte bır elbıseyı dün nextte gormuştum bır dahamı alısverıste alayım esraya çok akışımı elbıse bu arada kaç kısıydınız?

Sabina said...

Oh my gosh,too cute.she is one beautiful little girl marshallah.
great post! You have given me ideas for sophia's first birthday :). Xx

Mehreen said...

Everything is beautiful !!!! We did a small intimate party for our pumpkins 1sttoo :) looks like she had fun! She looks like a
Princess ! Xoxo Mehreen

Makeup and Macaroons said...

Happy Birthday Esra! She looks absolutely adorable and she has beautiful eyes like her mummy. Looks like she had a lot of fun! xo

Tiffany MS Makeup said...

Happy Birthday to Esra!

I cant believe its been a year since she was born, how time flies! Glad shes an adorable, healthy child!

I EL F said...

What kind of camera do you have?

Lilladylife said...

shes just beautiful!!!! congrats on turning one!!!!! bless her

Sugar And Smile said...

Happy 1st birthday to Esra. She is beautiful, mashAllah. And well done on making her party soooo cute!! I want a birthday party like that now :D x

Katie said...

Happy birthday, Esra! May all your wishes come true!

She truly is adorable.

LottysLuxuries said...

She is so beautiful! This makes me even more excited for the birth of my first baby daughter in January :) I hope I have the time to make all the beautiful things you have made for her too! lol x

Laura said...

Stunning photos of Esra and a beautiful party xxx

Claire said...

A true princess! A great post, gorgeous pictures and precious little girl! Happy Birthday Esra x

Patricia said...

she's gorgoeus :) happy belated bday! x

Muhsine Emin said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely words! X

@Fatma büyük pasta asda'dan. Küçük cupcakeleri ben yaptım, büyüğüde ben yapacaktım ama uğraşmak istemedim. Frostingin rengini tam tutturdum kekler kardes oldu :) 15 kisi falandik.. X

Jen said...

Aww, she is just the cutest little girl :) xx

jensbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.com

Beny Boom said...

wow i actually cannot believe its been a year already...Happy Birthday little Miss Sunshine

Chloé Hollywood said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful ESRA <3
Her birthday was so Gorgeous and I am in love with the photos you took at the end They need to be framed tehy are so precious and pink and girly. Congratulations Love this couldn't be more perfect...

LOve,
Chloé.

MsEclectic said...

What a perfect day for a perfect little princess. You are all very lucky to have each other. Love and kisses xoxo

Dubai Fashionista said...

Happy 1st birthday to your precious little princess!!! She's so cute Mashallah!!! My sweet baby girl will turn 1 next week Inshallah and your birthday post is so inspiring!!! Thanks for sharing :)
xoxo

Sian said...

Look at those big beautiful eyes! The party looks amazing, you went to so much effort! xx

Pinkplayboygirl said...

Happy Birthday to youre little princess! Beautyful Photos! <3 Pink:)

Holly said...

She is so beautiful and her party looks amazing. She's very lucky to have a mummy like you, you made it lovely for her x x

dunia kecil indi said...

what a cute birthday celebration :) and esra is so cute too <3 i love yhe pink cupcakes, look so yummy.

beautyphoebs said...

oh my she is beautiful! i think this is one of my favourite blog posts ever, truly adorable! great birthday party ideas too. lots of love xxx

Luxe. said...

Ahh she is so cute! Great job with the party mama!x

HOLLY said...

Stunning pictures, what a gorgeous little girl xxx

mabelle said...

ne kadar güzel bi kız bu...bu arada türk müsün?

White Bazaar said...

Amazing birthday pictures, love all the things you made, prefect! She looks gorgeous! x

Ieva/Eve/Chanelette said...

This is beyond words beautiful, Muhsine! Esra is the most adorable little girl! Bless her:)) xx

Unknown said...

so beautiful! what an amazing day this must of been for your family :)

Muhsine Emin said...

Thank you all so much! :) xx

@mabelle tesekkurler, evet turkum.

Andee Layne said...

It turned out picture perfect Muhsine! Esra is just such a beauty! Cant wait to be able to give Ava some cake!!!

BerberGal said...

I've been reading your blog since before you we're pregnant and am finally commenting!
Keep up the great work and I'm wishing your beautiful daughter a very happy and blessed birthday.mashallah x

Tatiana said...

Muhsine what a wonderful post for Esra 's first bday. Can't wait to see what you will be doing for her 2nd bday. :) I was going to ask you about the crochet headbands? Have u done a post of how to do them? They are Soo cute.

Savannah Nault said...

She is so gorgeous! Look at those eyes and eyelashes. My goodness, time flies. Seems like it was just yesterday when I read your blog and she was here. Happy Birthday Esra :) (might I add, that is such a beautiful name! )

Unknown said...

Allah nazarlardan korusun masallah:)) Esranin dogum gunu kutlu olsun, nice yaslara...

Annyss said...

sooo cute!! could you please share the recipe for the cupcakes?

C.S.I Beauty Blog said...

Goodness me look at her eyes!!!
What an absolutely gorgeous daughter you have, and great ideas for the party and photos at the end!

She looks like a right sweetie!

Emily said...

Esra is absolutely gorgeous! xx

Gossiper 1 said...

Happy Birthday baby girl

SisterAct said...

Allah nazarlardan saklasin....cok tatli kizin var..masallah....nice mutlu saglikli yillara

Selamlar Özlem

Sami said...

So cute! I love the pictures... You'll have some lovely memories to look back on for sure :)

Jennifer said...

Beautiful mummy and baby :) I love the photos! Can't have enough of them. Thanks and sharing! Kisses from Malta :)

iamprecious ♡ said...

wow such a lovely baby and she is so cute girl ;)... iwsh i have a baby like her so cute ;) haha..
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Thorunn Ivarsdottir said...

omygod how cute is she!!!!
xx
Thorunn
Double-Pizzazz

Tia A. said...

Esra is beautiful! Happy 1st birthday to her. She's styled so perfectly too!

http://ThisIsTia.com | My Life In Black+White

ABI said...

She is gorgeous!! :)

gliiidaren said...

sooo cute mashallah!

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rabs said...

how totally adorable!

Nadia Akhtar said...

Mahshallah shes gorgeous! xxx

Tia said...

Fantastic what a little treasure! You are so artistic and creative I think your cakes look awesome. Happy 1st Birthday to Esra xx

Anoushka said...

the spread looked lovely and really fun! esra has changed so much! my daughter was 1 on october 1st as well doesn't feel like a year at all! we didn't have a big party i'm not very creative with that stuff but i certainly have some ideas for next year although i suppose she will be big enough to be let loose in a kid's fun house haha!

Kathy Lorcan said...

Awww so cute! Ezra is so lovely and pretty! And this post is nice too, featuring Ezra's cute photos and birthday wishes for daughter. Thumbs up and I think I'll be subscribing. ;-)

Harriet Aspden said...

what a beautiful little girl you have! She is absolutely precious!
H x

harrietdaisy.blogspot.com

messcabuy fur said...

The baby is so cute, and so beautiful.big eyes. and you are so happy!!!!

Daisy Pink Cupcake said...

What a cute party...just love her pink dress! Loving your too BTW.....I am your newest follower!
Daisy~

Marie Wright said...

She's such a pretty and cute girl!
How I love this post. Thanks for sharing.
My best birthday wishes for daughter of yours.
Have a great day!

Cheers,
Marie