And the back:
I also painted the outside hoop black, which really added punch to the white and pink.
And here's how I wrapped them up (cute, glittery chipboard letters).
We gave the birthday girl three of my son's favorite books. My Monster Momma Loves Me So, The Escape of Marvin the Ape and Dex: The Heart of a Hero. Even though she's just one, she will hopefully enjoy them as much as my son (still) does. The illustrator for all these books is Mark Buehner. He's got a great style and will hide images within the pictures. Everytime you read them, you find new things.
We also included a picture puzzle by one of my favorite artists, Charley Harper.
And then peeking out of the top, a little orange octopus I found on etsy!
Such a happy little girl.