Monday, August 15, 2011

Lorelai's first birthday party

Yep, over two weeks later and I'm just now getting around to blogging about Lorelai's first birthday party. Laziness and craziness strikes again.

Lorelai's invitation
The invitation that never was...
As per usual, I procrastinated and didn't have enough time to get these invites I made printed and
sent, so I ended up sending an evite instead. Oh well.

We had her party at our house on July 30, and I don't know about everyone else, but I thought it was a perfect 1st birthday party!

the family

It was a pretty low-key event, as far as 1st birthdays can go, I'm sure. Pretty much just family, plus a couple of friends who I don't see often enough, so it was nice that they were able to come. We all just hung out and chatted, watched the birthday girl crawl around (and hang out in my arms), ate and opened presents. Wow, when I say it like that, it sounds totally boring. I hope none of my guests were bored!

Lorelai's 1st birthday party

Although I have it on good authority that the cousins had fun, if the level of noise is any indication :)

Shaun, Raina, Isaiah
Shaun, Raina and Isaiah

For such an informal gathering, I've got to admit, I did a lot of work behind the scenes on some little things that probably didn't matter in the grand scheme of things (or to Adam—he said "wow, you sure are putting a lot of effort into this party" like that was a bad thing. Silly man. He did say everything turned out really pretty though.) I tried not to stress myself out, but I really wanted to personalize this party and make it special for Lorelai.

Over the course of many nights in front of the tv, I made a crap ton of tissue paper flowers that I used as mantle decoration and hanging decorations. Thank you, Pinterest and Martha Stewart! I love how they turned out and added pops of color (for not a lot of money—I think I used 6 packs of tissue paper for $1 each at Walmart).

tissue paper flowers

I also made a personalized name banner and party hat out of scrapbook paper (on sale for $.25 per sheet, yay!).

birthday banner and party hat

Of course, Lorelai only wore the hat for like a minute, but it was worth it for those couple of pictures :)


I think my favorite decorative element though is the flowers. I picked up some fresh flowers from Harris Teeter (I didn't know what I was getting before I went, but ended up with hot pink gerbera daisies, lime green spider mums and soft pink carnations for $16 total) and put them in some recycled mason jars that I dyed blue with glass paint. I love how all the colors came together so perfectly.


I made cupcakes, and for the first time ever, made my own frosting. Usually I just buy boxed cake and frosting, but I wanted pink frosting, so I figured I'd give some homemade raspberry buttercream frosting a try. They were pretty darn tasty, if I do say so myself!

vanilla cupcakes with homemade raspberry buttercream frosting

And I think the birthday girl agreed. This was her first time having anything sweet like this, and I dare say it looks like she's got her mommy's sweet tooth!

Lorelai eating cake
Love Logan's face in the background.

Lorelai eating cake

Lorelai eating cake

I think she loved it so much she wanted to share with me. That's my girl.

sharing cake with Mommy

As for food, I knew I wanted it to be easy, so the only thing I made was some yummy skinny artichoke dip (Seriously, SO yum, it's my go-to appetizer now. I'll have to do a separate post with the recipe I got from my friend since I can't seem to find it online). We also put out chips and salsa, and got a couple of trays of pita sandwiches from Kroger. Easy peasy!

After all of the eating and cupcake smashing, Lorelai got down to business opening presents.

opening presents

Rather, the rest of the kids and I opened presents, and Lorelai tried to eat them. Of course.

eating presents

A look at the aftermath shows you that this is one very loved and lucky little girl!

present opening aftermath

All that present-opening was hard work, so she just wanted to sit back and relax with cold beer. Seriously, for some reason she kept making a beeline to beer bottles that were left within her reach. She kept grabbing at the one I was holding while I was holding her, and when I put it down, she pitched a fit and started pulling my hair. True story.

It's your 1st birthday, not your 21st, kiddo!
What do you think you're doing, young lady? It's your 1st birthday, not your 21st! :)

I'm just so glad we could have so many of the people that matter most to Lorelai there for her party. Like I said, she's a very loved little girl!

Grandpa, Lorelai and Grandma
Grandpa Houston and Grandma Cheryl

Grandma Ellie and Lorelai
Grandma Ellie

Aunt Anna and Aunt Jillian with Lorelai
Aunt Anna and Aunt Jillian

Grandma Blair
Grandma Blair

Happy 1st birthday, sweet girl! Can't wait till next year!

Mommy, Daddy and Lorelai

PS: Two weeks later, and all of the decorations are still up and surprisingly, the spider mums and carnations are still looking pretty good (and the daisies lasted until the other day)! After all that effort, maybe I'll just leave them all up until next year :)

PPS: (what, am I in middle school again with all these post scripts?!) I hit post too soon and forgot to add a couple of photos including the invite that would never have seen the light of day if not for this blog.

PPPS: haha, nope, that's it for real this time!


  1. Love the decorations - love your color choices! And if only your hubby knew how over-the-top some moms go... even for a 1st b-day! I think you did it perfectly. And Lorelai looks like she loved every minute of it. :-)

  2. It was the perfect birthday party for a wonderful little girl!
    Thank you for inviting us. We had so much fun!
    P.S.- I was extremely impressed with the decorations

  3. Those flowers & poms are so pretty! Looks like a beautiful party.

  4. Thanks everyone!! So I finally took down all of the decorations on Saturday since it was Adam's birthday and a Lorelai name banner and pink flower pom-poms don't scream "manly 32nd birthday" :) Although I have to say that a couple of carnations and mums are STILL hanging on. I'm so surprised!


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