I just don’t even know where to begin this post. Petite’s birthday celebration was amazing because we celebrated the first 365 days of her life. It was overwhelming – with out of town guests, a large family guest list, a DIY list as long as my arm, AND Easter – the celebration seemed to last for 3 non-stop days. I’m certainly not complaining — it was a celebration of life that was overflowing with love.
Just please excuse the pictures.
My pride as a mother and a photographer is bruised by the lack of quality photographic evidence of all the wonderfulness that happened that weekend.
So bruised, in fact, that I wasn’t going to share at all.
Then I went on a little hiatus. Contemplated giving up the blog all together. Found my big girl panties in the laundry room and, well, here we are.
Thursday : The decorations start to go up. This? The only image I have of the countless yards of crepe paper I sewed into ruffles and the beginnings of the precious entry table all set up with the favors.
My insanely talented friend Maria created the chalkboard art. She’s amazing.
The cake, after two batched of botched swiss meringue buttercream, is finished.
Friday morning, the Birthday Girl in her bib Uncle G bought her. ::love::
Friday, dinner: pizza and champagne at Jojo and Douxie’s. Carrying on the tradition from my first birthday! We also had a “rainbow” cake – white cake with rainbowed fillings.
A big wagon and a petite wagon!
We practiced clapping to “Happy Birthday” for a month ahead of time. Everyone was surprised when she “knew” the song. I know — she’s brilliant.
Saturday, bright and early. Party started at 11. Nap time be dammed next year – it’s gonna be in the afternoon!
Lots of carnival food for the party! I collected the containers for months whenever I’d see them!
Gold cake balls and pink cupcakes with chevron washi tape flags.
Rock candy and sixlets.
The cake and dessert table.
Birthday girl lost her headband and cardi somewhere along the way. It was an insanely cute outfit, though. She was perfectly content to go from Aunt to Cousin to Friend the entire party.
Jojo made batch after batch of cotton candy.
The ONE and ONLY picture I have of the three of us from that day. Le sighn
I think that first birthday parties are really for the adults. It’s like a “Hey! We did it! We’re still alive, she’s still alive! Let’s celebrate!” party… Next year? We’ll have beer and cupcakes at the park. Everyone is invited…
Ps – Thanks LMG, Jojo, FMG and everyone else who passed my camera around all day to get me SOME images from the three days! I appreciate you! xo