Hudson turned one in February. I initially decided that he would have the same circus theme as Macy’s first birthday, “Under the Big Top”. But Macy made the suggestion to do a winter theme with animals instead, so “Arctic ONEderland” was conceived! I choose the color palette: black, white, blue and orange first, then I created the Arctic Friends characters: penguin and polar bear in an acrylic painting to make the theme completely original. Inspired by the new trendy and lavish dessert tables, I focused with much excitement on creating my first one in that style. I made sketches for the table layout, sourced colored candy, made all the treats and designed printables in photoshop to unite the colors and characters. Keeping the background and vessels white was perfect for the winter theme and simplified the task of finding and matching pieces during set up. And I have to add that I packed up the entire collection and flew 900 miles to set it up!