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Monday, September 12, 2011

{As Promised} The Party Deets.

The Party was held at our home last Sunday, September 4th, and it was awesome.

It was the first time I had ever put on a party since moving to this house a year ago. I honestly had a blast planning everything, but I'm very relieved it is over with. Shit is stressful! I told myself I wouldn't go all out for this, but I ended up going overboard {to my standards! I am SO not a party planner!} & I am glad I did. Even though she won't remember it, I have pictures & memories for a lifetime!

The theme was "Our Little Sunshine" & I incorporated yellows, light pinks & white in the decor.

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When I first started thinking about themes a while back, I was absolutely inspired by this awesome 1st birthday party thrown by one of my favorite blog momma's &even though I don't "know" her, I felt inclined to ask her permission to go off of her idea. She said yes :) THANKS, KATIE!

I also got A LOT of inspiration here.

All of the cutouts {except for the pennant banners, which I made} you see are from Love the Day Designs. Lindi was so great. I just ordered & paid for the pdf file, she e-mailed it to me & I printed them off & cut everything out.

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Food: We went pretty casual & served lunch
Turkey, ham, cheese{s} & rolls for sammiches
My mom's famous salad {I'll post the recipe sometime. Foodgasmic.}
Homemade mac' n' cheese {ya. I cooked. pick up your jaws from the ground}
Chips/dip

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Drinks:
Mellow Yellow {I had to be cheesy with the theme}
Chick-fil-a Iced Tea Lemonade {mmmm}
Water
Beer
Chardonnay {duh}
Mimosas {were a total hit, since the party was held at noon :)}

Dessert:
Local Bakery cupcakes. YUMMM!
Gooey butter cookies. Sister made those. OMG. To die for.

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Party Favors:
"1" Sugar cookies from Local Bakery wrapped in cellophane bags w/ribbon.
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Sunflower Smash Cake:
White cake made by my amazing little sister.

Party Attire: {pre-smash cake}
Light Pink, yellow & white dress from Target {$6} that I randomly bought when I was 18wks pregnant. How perfect!  She wore a party hat while opening gifts, but that stayed on all of 5 minutes.

Also, these tiny pink ballet flats, that we picked up at a little boutique a few weeks ago.

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Everything went so smoothly! Claire woke up from her morning nap right as the guests were arriving, so she was in a great mood. She totally knew the party was for her. Such a little diva ;)

The Guests helped themselves to drinks and we had a slide show of C's first year playing on our t.v. in the background for people to watch while Momma & I were putting the finishing touches on lunch.
{I would put it on here, but it's 20 minutes long, ha!}.

We did the normal party routine: ate, & socialized, did gifts and THEN, it was time for the Smash Cake.

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Oh, the Smash Cake. We sang Happy Birthday while Claire just stared at all of us, then I presented her with the cake. I was TOTALLY convinced she would have nothing to do with it. Boy, was I wrong. Good thing I stripped her down to her dipe beforehand! She was ALL OVER IT.

Promptly following the cake, the guest of honor was escorted up to the bathtub to get cleaned up & to take a nap. She was beat from all of the festivities. She didn't even get to say goodbye to most of the guests!

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Following her nap? A post Birthday Party photo shoot. After everyone was gone. We found out that day that she LOVES balloons. So cute.

See the picture of the three of us? That is only the second picture we have EVER taken as a family. And? the angle absolutely sucks. Boo, hiss.


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And then we tried out our new toys while momma finally got to sit down. and eat.
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All in all, it was a fabulous day. Next time, maybe I won't put so much time into the decorations. I don't know why I expected people to actually notice them. I mean, I practically got arthritis from cutting out everything & NO ONE EVEN APPRECIATED THEM. HAHA!

Hopefully you enjoyed the Party re-cap ;)

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25 comments:

  1. Everything looks great! And don't have any regrets about the decorations - when you look back on the pics it'll all be worth it. And there really are only a few BIG birthdays in each of our lives and ONE is def one of them!

    And I want the recipe for the gooey butter cookies! I literally have saliva dripping out of my mouth just because of the name. :-)

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  2. Awww this looks so perfect! I'm really impressed! Looks like it was a total success :)
    Bravo!
    Bisous:)

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  3. Wow. Looks amazing. Love the these! So cute! Good work.

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  4. ok i totally loved her theme. and the color scheme and (drinks) were awesome...wish i was invited haha

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  5. What an adorable theme! You did an amazing job!

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  6. I NOTICE THE DECORATIONS. Ha, I may not have been at the party, but I think you did a fabulous job! Good job fellow mama! Claire looks absolutely adorable & I can totally relate to your family picture... we have 1.

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  7. everything looked great, what a fantastic first birthday. I went pretty over the top too with plenty of stuff that I don't think anyone but myself appreciated! But it mattered to me! :) We had that same dress that I also bought on clearance when I was pregnant & that Cat keyboard, really really want to get that for Addison, the girl is obsessed with kittys. Happy Belated Birthday to your little Claire!

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  8. You did such an awesome job! I love the theme and all of the decorations. It's definitely okay to go all out for the first birthday party (and it's fun!).

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  9. Well I think they decorations were adorable! Even if no one noticed them!

    Looks like a fabulous party, great job!! And those shoes? OMG adorable, and they look sooooo tiny! My lil man must have BIG feet!

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  10. Love all the yellow! Everything looked perfect!!

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  11. You sure fooled me that you are not used to planning parties. It all looks wonderful!

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  12. It all looks amazing! I love the theme & Claire's dress and shoes are ADORABLE!!!
    I went all out for C's first birthday and don't regret a minute of it. Now I'm trying to figure out what we're doing for her 2nd since it's almost 2 months away (I know...hyperventilating over here!)

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  13. Beautiful Lauren! I just LOVE all of the details!!!!

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  14. Love it all! Do you have any leftover cookies? :)

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  15. That's such a cute idea!! Great job!

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  16. Soooo cute, laur! Love all the pics & I LOVE the pic with the smash cake!!

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  17. so so cute! I LOVE All the yellow and those pink ballet slippers? Um, KINDA makes me want a girl. These pictures are awesome. First bday parties for our kids....it's something else, isn't it??

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  18. You did such a great job! I love all the yellow (I did a bee party for Gabs' 1st). And we have the same high chair! :-)

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  19. Soo adorable...I'm planning my one year olds party in November... ahh so much work & I'm not that good when it comes to decorating :/ lol

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