So this post has been long overdue and I apologize in advance for how lengthy it is going to be. It’s hard to believe it’s already February and 2016 is in full swing! I have made a few new years resolutions, some of which I have kept really well…and others I have honestly struggled with….like BLOGGING! But I’m a work in progress. This year I have resolved to pray and study my bible more, workout more, eat healthier, do more meal planning, and clean out basically every area of our house. I would say my key word for 2016 is BALANCE. I would love to hear your resolutions and what has been working and not working for you this year. Do you have a key word or a mantra you have attached to 2016? If so I’d LOVE to hear about it.
So speaking of resolutions we’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing trying to make room for all the new toys and clothes we have acquired since November. I’m proud to say I’ve finally packed away all the baby clothes we have outgrown into Ziplock Space Saver Bags, which btw I highly recommend doing especially if you are pressed for storage space like we are. I’m still working on the abundance of toys though! AHHH! Don’t get me wrong…we are SO SO SO appreciative of all the love and presents but WOW…we only have one kid…what do people with lots of kids do?! I’m really trying not to allow our living area to be inundated with ALL the toys at once so I try to put the toys on a rotation. It seems to work pretty well and helps baby girl not get bored. I’d love to hear your ideas and tips on storing baby clothes and toys too!
So let’s get to the point of this post… shall we?! I am excited to share some pictures from our baby girl’s first birthday party with you all. First, I have to thank our Aunt Diane for taking some great shots with her camera, because I was really too busy to take pictures during the party. Also, thank you to our Aunt Denise for being our amazing cake cutter for the day! Full disclosure…I did not make these beautiful cakes. They came from the Victorian Tea Room in Muscle Shoals, AL. All the cakes had European butter cream icing (which is my FAV icing of all time probably!) & the cakes were vanilla with caramel filling and strawberry. We kept it simple by serving just cake and ice cream, but we also had Smart Food Cheddar Popcorn for something salty. For the ice cream we got individual Blue Bell cups (chocolate & vanilla) so we didn’t have to bother with scooping ice cream for everyone. I think it went over quite well.The theme was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star so I decided to purchase a party package on Etsy for about $15.00 that included the invitations, signs, banners, cupcake toppers etc., and all I had to do was print and cut everything out. I tried to find the link for you all, but unfortunately the shop I used is now closed. BUT there are many, many shops on Etsy that do this sort of thing so I highly recommend trying it out for your next birthday party or shower. Here is one of the signs that I printed and framed for the cake table. To add a little shabby chic touch I took a few mason jars and chalk painted them, then distressed them with sand paper and filled them with real dried babies breath that I bought at Hobby Lobby. For drinks we had bottled water that Luke and I decorated with labels from the Etsy package. I printed them on sticker paper from Staples (I recommend getting the full sheet sticker paper) and then cut them out and stuck them on. It was easy but a bit time consuming.
For the favors I have to give a shout out to my good friend Amber for helping me make these cuties. It was definitely a labor of love but very simple to make. Just make a double batch of rice crispy treats, cut them out with a star cookie cutter, insert a popsicle stick, then melt down vanilla candy melts and add one drop of green food coloring and one drop of blue to create a turquoise color, drizzle the treats and top with pink sprinkles. I used the printable thank you from the Etsy package and printed them on sticker paper, cut them out, stuck them on and voila! Oh and I was able to make them a few days in advance by freezing them and then thawing them the morning of the party. They tasted as fresh as ever, and you would never have know they had been frozen!
Now let’s talk about the outfit…after all what is more important than the outfit? For the top and bottom I just kept it simple with light pink sparkly leggings and a white onesie with gold polka dots…both from OshKosh. The tutu is homemade by yours truly and I really was pleased by how it turned out.
So those are the highlights from our little girl’s first birthday party. It’s so hard to believe that she is already over a year old now. Every day she amazes me with not only her ability to learn, but also her ability to teach me so many things. She teaches me to slow down, love life, and appreciate the little things. It’s so easy to lose focus of what really matters in this world, but I’m so thankful I have a loving daughter and husband to help remind me what is truly important.
I hope this inspires you to create something special for someone you love. Here is a link to my Pinterest board that helped inspire me! Feel free to follow me there and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too. I plan to post more recipes, monthly favorites & reviews, and hopefully focus on faith, nutrition and fitness soon! Let me know which posts you enjoy the most! Thanks for stopping by and God bless!