August 17, 2012

on her first birthday...

First birthday! 
I was a little bit worried about Eisley's first birthday party. I over-thought it for a long time before settling on a small-ish get together at the duplex—refusing to obsess over decor and food and taking perfect photos. I mean, really, the whole point of this party was to gather the people most important to Eisley's life and just…have a nice afternoon. Eat some delicious food, visit with each other, watch the wee one run around in circles while she tries to figure out how to grab an unattended cup of lemonade.

Once I decided to calm down over the whole thing, it ended up coming together quite perfectly. (Aside from the lovely heat-wave that decided to sweep over this part of the country. Sweet mercy.) But it did truly end up being just what I wanted it to be. And I'm thankful for that.

So, here are way too many photos to give you a glimpse into Eisley's big day:

First birthday! 
We managed to fit fifteen people into our tiny duplex. I KNOW, RIGHT? 

As far as decorations, I kept it simple and easy (and inexpensive). I used a doily-garland idea I found on Pinterest, and a Martha Stewart "Happy Birthday" banner that I'd bought on clearance years and years ago. I taped up a few of her birthday cards on the wall, and created a little wall-hanging that displayed photos from Eisley's first eleven months (more on that a little later). The tableware, tablecloth, and napkins were in shades of pink and yellow—all purchased from the dollar store. Booyah.

I bought cupcakes from a local bakery, and used the cutest little cupcake toppers in the world (a gift from a sweet friend!). Food-wise, we had a couple salads, hummus and pita chips, crackers and cheese, and two kinds of lemonade.

First birthday! 
We scheduled the party for the afternoon, to be sure Eisley was in a social mood after her morning nap. The party lasted two hours, which was the perfect amount of time! (See above for Eisley having a good ol' time with my bestie, Marianne. Who is now possibly Eisley's bestie, as well. Get in line, sister!)

First birthday! 
Here is the wall hanging I made. I had no idea what it was going to turn out looking like, to be honest. It was one of those projects that started with a vague idea and a bag of random things from Michaels and leftovers from my crafting nook.

Here's a super-quick rundown: I purchased a thin piece of wood from Michaels and used some pretty-patterned cardstock for the background. (I used Mod Podge to attach the paper! I'm obsessed.) For her name, I took way too long writing out the letters and cutting it out of regular paper and then tracing it onto some coordinating cardstock and then cutting it out of the cardstock and then realizing that THIS IS WHY PEOPLE BUY CRICUT MACHINES OMG. I also used Mod Podge to attach the name to the board once it was finally completed.

I cut out strips of fabric for the bow I used to hang it, as well as the ones to display the photos. Each photo was attached to the fabric strips by my go-to crafting product: washi tape. It's pretty much the best thing in the world because you're able to tape down the photos (it's remarkably strong!) and also remove the tape without tearing the photos to bits afterwards. Hurrah!

It only took a couple hours to complete this project, and I'm happy with how it turned out. I think I'll re-use this little display to decorate Eisley's someday-bedroom. We shall see!

First birthday! 
Okay, I think we all need an Otter Pop break after that. Yum. And now on to the cake smash!

Photobucket OMG CAKE. 
I bought Eisley an extra-special "big daddy" cupcake for her cake smash. I had visions of grandeur when it came to baking her a mini layer cake, but I think we all knew that wasn't going to happen. (I mean, let's just be honest here.) I loved how it came out, though, and she was thrilled when we plopped it down in front of her.

(We put her highchair in the center of the room so we could all stare at her while she ate. Because that's not awkward at all. Oh, the things babies must go through!)

Cake smash! 
"This is glorious. And confusing."

Cake smash! 
"Well, fine. I guess I'll just take a nibble."

(Not pictured is her chucking the cupcake onto the ground right after this, and then bawling her head off for two minutes after everyone laughed. Poor girl is easily startled. But I did get her to calm down after a bit and she returned to her sugary treat.)

Cake smash! 
"Frosting and a tiny little bird! Does life get much better than this?"

Cake smash! 
"This mound of cake and sprinkles will be my most wondrous creation."

Cake smash! 
"Okay, folks. I'm done. Wait, are the Olympics on back there?"

After cleaning her up as much as possible, she opened her gifts (well, I opened her gifts—yay!) and she had too much fun with all the new things to play with. Everyone was so thoughtful and generous! Eisley was quite the social butterfly the entire afternoon, and did so well! It was such a special day with so many special people. I'm so thankful we had this day to celebrate our little girl.

So sad to see everyone leave.

Eisley lingered by the door after our visitors had left, and seemed a wee bit forlorn. I guess this means we need to have more parties?

23 comments :

  1. Oh! That ruffle-tush! She is such a doll and is seriously making my ovaries do flips.

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  2. First birthdays are so special. And congratulations to you - I felt like it was a major parenting milestone. Looks like you had an excellent party with lots of fun for all. I love the picture collage.

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  3. So glad you were able to rein in your more extravagant impulses and stick with something simple and lovely. Looks like a beautiful celebration. :)

    Love love LOVE that first black and white photo of her with the cupcake.

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  4. She looks so gleeful about that smashed cupcake! So cute!

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  5. Awe, such a sweet party! :) The wall hanging is adorable! I seriously need to get some washi tape soon... so fun!!!

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  6. Whahahaha, that smashed cupcake... so cute!!! She had the biggest fun!!!

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  7. I absolutely love the wall hanging you made! So cute and creative, I think I will make one for my myself :) Looks and sounds like it was a sweet gathering for your little one. Happy birthday Eisley!

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  8. so adorable! i love those little bloomers!

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  9. I can't believe she is a whole year old. Love love love. Happy birthday, Eisley!

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  10. her birthday bloomers are ADORABLE and made me squeal. SO precious! happy birthday eisley!

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  11. I can't even really handle this. Seriously, I cannot. Eisley is amazing and perfect in every way.

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  12. So, so, so, so cute. Happy birthday Eisley!

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  13. OMG she's a year old? That's crazy! It looks like it was a lovely party. :)

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  14. Awww this looks like it was a simply precious party! The "This is glorious. And confusing," photograph is breath-taking. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Looks like Eisley had a wonderful first birthday! I like that you didn't go crazy with an over the top themed celebration. I have been starting to plan Eli's party and I don't have a specific theme in mind, because let's be honest, it's not like he *loves* trains or jungle animals or certain colours...he just wants to pull on the dog's fur and eat peaches.

    Your photos are beautiful!

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  16. HAPPY TIMES. And, really. Miss Wishcake and her Cupcake. Te he he. That's what I am callin' the two of you from now on. So that would make Jay a... hmmm...

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  17. Oh this was so fun to read. My son's first birthday was Friday. So it was great to see your ADORABLE pictures. What a sweet girl you have. Isn't this the funnest time so far? They are learning so much and the expressions they give are hilarious. You are such a good photographer, wish you were at our party! Thanks for sharing such a sweet party with us! Just loved this!

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  18. What a sweet little party. Those smash cake (or is it cake smash?) photos are so cute! I love love love those decorations, so simple + lovely!

    And I know what you mean about worrying about parties. We just celebrated my sister's birthday and I felt the same way. The party looks like it was a hit! :)

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  19. sounds like the perfect little 1st birthday party. love all the decor ideas! i'm currently planning my little's 2nd birthday and i may be borrowing a few of your ideas ;) we're having a small fiesta for my little guy. oh, and i LOVE that last pic. so stinking sweet!

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  20. LOVE those cake smash pictures, just so cute. glad her birthday was such a success!

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  21. Aw, everything looks perfect! Love the decor and cupcakes! I can't wait until my baby girl gets to have her smash cake- less than 4 months away. Oh my.

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  22. so. cute. and the cupcakes look delish. and her cute little ruffles! omg. <3

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  23. This is perfect! We did the same kind of thing for Meredith's birthday, only the cupcakes weren't as cute because I made them myself, and a baker I am not. :)

    I love the wall hanging! I think it would look great in a nursery or kids' room.

    I so wish Eisley and Meredith could be friends! They would have so much fun. :)

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