Prince George Turns 1 -- Let's Celebrate His Birthday!
We set our DVRs so we wouldn't miss a moment of his parents' fairytale wedding. We obsessively cataloged his mother's always-appropriate maternity outfits. We waited (and waited) for him to arrive, then let out a collective "awwww" upon seeing him outside of St. Mary's Hospital in London. We discussed the historical significance of his name and pored over every detail of his lavish christening. Now, in seven short days, we'll celebrate the first birthday of England's Most Important Baby.
While rumor has it William and Kate will keep Prince George's birthday party guest list limited to close friends and family (aka not us), that doesn't mean we can't fete the royal tot anyway. Parents is throwing a #GeorgeTurns1 "Royal Birthday Party," and to help get you in the spirit, we asked some of our favorite bloggers to share the creative ways they're planning to ring in the big day. Read on and get inspired!
Go uber Brit and make these adorable fascinator party hats for you and your kiddos. Our Everyday Fun blogger Amanda Kingloff shows you how to pull off the craft using white paper cups, colorful washi tape, and feathers. Let the kids pile on all the embellishments they want -- the more, the merrier! Follow Amanda on Twitter @AmandaKingloff
Want a dessert fit for your little prince or princess? Whip up a batch of these play dough cupcakes from B-Inspired Mama blogger Krissy, and decorate them with tons of sprinkles. They're perfect for little fingers -- and did we mention they're edible? Amazing. Follow Krissy on Twitter @BInspiredMama
No royal birthday party is complete without accessories, and we're swooning over these pipe cleaner crowns from Mommy Shorts blogger Ilana Wiles. All hearts and beads and gold, we may just make an adult-sized version. For a friend, of course. Follow Ilana on Twitter @mommyshorts
Wondering what to get the kid who has everything? Handmade Charlotte blogger Rachel Faucett, picked the classic Froebel Gifts as the perfect present. Plus, our own Goodyblog showcases other awesomely British gifts fit for the wee royal -- think king- and queen-inspired piggy banks, double-decker bus stroller toys, and other ultra-modern items. Follow Rachel on Twitter @followcharlotte
More Fun With Prince George
Remember the world before George? Us either -- but take a stroll down memory lane and see the prince's progress from bump to full-on baby on our photo timeline. And while you're at it, show your Team George pride by casting a ballot for your fave royal name with our fun This or That game.
On a related note, can we talk about what a year it's been for Prince George? Like all babies, he's been getting the hang of sleeping through the night and practicing his walking skills. But unlike most children, he's been on the receiving end of lots of worldwide love and attention. News of his birth reportedly merited more than 25,000 tweets per minute. He stole virtually every heart and headline during the young family's trip to Australia and New Zealand. Vanity Fair has devoted its prime real estate -- the cover -- to honor his first birthday. And don't get me started on the very real Prince George Effect, where everything from his adorable outfits to his swaddling blankets sell out in mere hours. The New York Times has already anointed him a trendsetter, while Forbes wonders if the third in line has what it takes to save the British economy. Mind you, he's not even 1 yet.
Still, we understand the excitement surrounding this mini royal. Like every baby, he represents the best of what this world has to offer and the hope for a bright future. Happiest of birthdays, Prince George!
Tell us: How do you plan on celebrating Prince George's birthday? Share your #GeorgeTurns1 Royal Birthday Party ideas on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.