02 December 2012

Celebrate Good Times

Though her birthday isn't for two more days, today we celebrated Natalie's first birthday party.

The thought of my baby turning one makes me a little teary eyed, but this is of course a good thing.

She's (almost) one! That's beautiful. That's huge and at the same time just a drop in a bucket when you look at the big picture.

She's grown so much and I am so proud to be her mama. She impresses the hell out of me every single day with the things she learns and milestones she reaches.

Anyway, if you read my last post you can imagine I didn't do the best job planning the party.

I had a vision for the decorations, knew what I wanted things to look like but didn't put a whole lot of energy into anything else.

My mother in law was the one who deserves all the credit because honestly I didn't do much.

I showed her a picture of my ideas, went to the craft store with her to get supplies for a DIY party and she took it from there.

She made the banner, baked the cupcakes (toppers were ordered from Etsy), crafted the paper snowflakes together, and let us use her home to host the party in.

She of course didn't mind and her hard work payed off. The party was a hit.

The guest list was initially around 35 people but unfortunately two larger groups of families couldn't make it because they were sick. My friend Megan and her girls were one of those groups which was disappointing but of course I understand one hundred percent. My friend Zalina and her baby Alex were also sick at home but her husband and other son showed up for a bit.

My homie Michelle and her husband came which was so exciting because it was the first time seeing her since her little baby bump started showing! She's 14 weeks along and so adorable. The hottest future MILF I know, for sure!

Natalie got some great gifts, more presents than I expected. Everyone was so generous and I appreciate their time and love. She is a lucky baby.

The pictures I took definitely aren't the best. My friend Erin was nice enough to let me borrow her camera since the flash on mine has been broken for months. I didn't take as many pictures as I should have and most the one's I did take are candid and at bad angles but they're still important and I'm still forcing you to look at them.

Hugging her cousin Bridget

Me, Michelle and her baby!

My loves

Muffin tray and chair

Probably glaring at Erin

My sister looks like she hates life

Figuring it out

My niece Sienna and her juice face (and shirt) 

My gift to her. Going to write an entire post on it, brace yourself. 

Sweet tooth

12 Thoughts :

Ali December 3, 2012 at 1:18 AM  

So adorable! I can't wait to hear the blog about your gift to her!!! And I love it when you get all sappy, Sean :) Aww. But I also love the perspective here that this is really just one drop in the bucket when it comes to the bigger picture! I've been so nostalgic lately and just wishing for time to slow down - but there is SO much to look forward to.

Shannon December 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM  

Love the color scheme! Looks like a great party.

Happy birthday (soon) sweet Natalie!! You are such a beautiful little TODDLER!

Mama December 3, 2012 at 8:33 AM  

Wow did you make all those snowflakes!?

The first birthday is such an emotional time for Moms... remember that it's YOUR birth-day too, at least for the first year people wont judge you if you make them say it to you!

Happy Birthday Mama! xo

Shannon December 3, 2012 at 8:53 AM  

Also - I'm doing a giveaway on my blog for little green pouches. Something that Natalie just may love. I know Tay does.


Stephanie December 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM  

I think the party looked great! The decoration, the cupcakes (yum!), the birthday girl in her outfit, you look gorgeous (as always), the family and friends that were there...well done!

Venassa December 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM  

It all looks so cute! I wish I had someone crafty to help me out with these kinds of things but it's all up to me. And I get lazy.
Looks like the little one had a good time though.

Megan December 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM  

Natalie looks so adorable!!! I love those snowflakes and the color scheme!!

I can't wait to see you guys in a couple of weeks!

marie December 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM  

Already? One? Wow, even for me it's gone by fast. There are so many changes and wonderful adventures in the first year, I am glad you are enjoying it so. And even though Natalie couldn't fully appreciate the cuteness of everything she will in the future. Everything is just adorable.

Jazz December 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM  

Ahhhh Natalie looks so old on these pics! Every time I come on your blog she looks like she's grown so much. That year has gone super fast. I have a feeling she is going to be seriously tall as well! She and your nieces look so adorable!
Looks like fun and those cakes look amaaazing.

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls December 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM  

What an adorable party! I especially love the penguin cupcakes. I cried at my little guy's first birthday because it seemed like time was flying so fast. If it helps, it's been 2.5 months since then and he still feels like a baby to me :)

ana December 4, 2012 at 12:13 AM  

Awww cute! Happy Birthday little Natalie :)

Krista December 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM  

Aw Happy Birthday to Natalie! Your MIL did a good job with the decor and you did a great job with the sweet kid ;)