We first chose a picture of Giovanni from every month of his life (1-12). We printed up these pictures and mounted them on cardboard circles that were covered with bright colored fabric. We then put sticks on the circles and put them in planters to decorate his birthday table. It was cute, colorful and I think everyone enjoyed looking at how much he had changed over the year.
I'm sure those of you who live in the US and have more supplies available could take this idea and make it a lot cuter. And for those of you living in Brazil, this is an easy and inexpensive idea to decorate the birthday table, which is such a big deal here. A special thanks to my friend, Leni, who painted the planters and had the idea of filling them with popcorn. So cute!