Luckily, fabrics with big prints combine best with simple designs, so I had the perfect excuse to just go for a simple bodice+skirt dress. I used the Hanami pattern once again (sorry about that, but Norah just wears that drop waist so well). I left off the flutter sleeves and used a hidden zipper in the back.
The fabric is Park Landscape from Michael Miller. Because Norah was so fond of her deer dress, which is way too short now, I had been looking for a similar wildlife print several times over the past months, but never found anything I liked. But then a few weeks ago, I bumped into this one on Etsy when I was looking for something completely different. The shop where I bought it from, Jean Marie's Fabrics, was a great find. Shop owners Shawna and Winona Jean are super nice, and I just love it when Etsy shops spontaneously refund any overcharged shipping costs. Not for the money; simply for the kind gesture.
A birthday also means a new crown for Norah. Every year I make a crown in a new fabric, and an assorted bunting. This year I used Echino Decoro Rhino in Mustard (from FabricWorm).
The number four is made from velveteen iron-on foil from Noeks.
No birthday party without a campy birthday cake! Norah picked a picture from one of her favorite Tiny books to be printed onto her cake.
Ava, meanwhile, reached her own milestone yesterday: her first solid food! Next milestone: effectively swallowing the stuff. In the picture below, there's more mashed vegetables on her face than ended up in her stomach.