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Elizabeth’s first birthday party

March 30, 2017

I know this blog is generally thoughts on faith and home, but how can I not share some pictures of our daughter’s first birthday?

We had about 40 people in our home (adults and children) including friends and family. I had started in January collecting some decor when I saw something I liked, but honestly didn’t spend a lot.Β I used a lot of things I had such as the pink shutters, burlap, lace swag for her high chair, clothespins, hats for the photo booth (my great-grandma’s!), vases, etc. My dress was even something I had, from living outside London, England eight years ago! Who would’ve known then I’d wear it for my daughter’s first birthday πŸ˜‰ I bought her cutie dress here at Children’s Place and her headband here.

I ordered a cute happy birthday sign, some simple photo booth props, and some pink artificial flowers from Michaels. I bought some fresh baby’s breath, and did little gummy candy treat bags for the kids that came. I had decided to do a small cake for Elizabeth (chocolate with whipped cream icing and strawberries on top), and cupcakes for everyone else. I didn’t want to be cutting and distributing cake to that many people! I took my mother-in-law’s advice and kept food simple. Our party was from 3pm-5pm, so it wasn’t around a meal time. Aside from cupcakes, we had pink lemonade and coffee, a veggie tray, bowl of strawberries, and a yummy cheese and chilli dip with an assortment of crackers. It was simple and I’m thankful we did it that way, as next year we may just do hot dogs and balloons πŸ˜‰

We are so very thankful for everyone who came to celebrate our girl! As the crowded room began to sing happy birthday, I choked up, holding back the tears. Everyone was standing here with us loving on our girl, and my heart was ready to explode. It’s indicative of the year we’ve had.

We weren’t just celebrating her first birthday, in my heart, this weekend’s celebrations were about becoming parents as well; to all the change it meant and how it has grown us. There’s no one else I’d rather by my side than Troy for this journey, and to have family and friends surround us this past year has been invaluable. Thank you all, you know who you are xo

Here are a few pictures of set up, her first taste of cake, and some guests…

Happy birthday sweet pea!!





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