My sweet little lovey is now 1 year old!!! It has been such a fun, challenging, tiring, but happy year. SO much has changed for our family in the past 12 months and we have realized the huge responsibility that is parenthood. We’ve also discovered how much you can love one little person! She is such a light in our lives and can always make me smile, even on the worst days. She is the reason I do all that I do and even though it often feels like all I do is serve her (& everyone else…), it is so worth it!
She is a very healthy, happy and smart little girl and we are so grateful to be her parents. Watching her grow and develop into the funny little girl she is has been amazing. She now mimics us all the time and learns things like blowing kisses, folding her arms and making faces right away. We love her and so does pretty much everyone she meets!
To celebrate her birthday, I threw a little party at my office (in our training room) for some family and friends!
I based the color theme off of the little yellow, pink and green mints that Vivi & I love! I had so much fun planning this party and it was pretty easy to find all the decor and food options. I collect things over a couple months as I see them at stores and then during the last few weeks I put it all together. Planning a party like this now takes so much more time since I’ve got my sweet baby to entertain all night after work. So, I just spend like 20-30 minutes a night when I can to make things like the cute little bows below. It helps me feel like I still get to have a hobby with my busy life!
At the party, we started with serving lunch; sandwich rolls, pasta salad, broccoli salad, fruit and veggie platters and bagged chips. My family helped me out with bringing the different food items, which was so helpful! I prefer to put all my energy into the desserts, as you all probably know by now. :)
For dessert we had mint chip cookies, chocolate dipped rice krispies (my favorites of the day), animal cracker cake pops, and mint chip vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream.
We played BINGO during lunch and had a great time winning some prizes as Scott called out the numbers.
Vivi got to open her presents and actually loved taking out the tissue paper. She got a ton of great books, toys, shoes and clothes. Thanks so much to everyone that loves her so much!
My dad made the awesome candle holder above for the long table (at my request). He is quite the wood-worker lately and it turned out so awesome!! We are going to keep using it for summer BBQs and outdoor parties at their house.
I made Vivi a tiny hair clip Party Hat that I adore. I used paper, ribbon and tissue paper. She looked adorable in it! I also found her birthday dress on Zulily (LOVE that site for all things baby recently).
The best part of the party was easily the cake eating/demolishing. Vivi LOVED her cake. Eating cake (well any sweet probably) at free range was her dream come true! She probably ate at least 2 cupcakes worth. Poor baby was in a little food coma towards the end. But, she had a blast and we had even more fun watching her!
We had a wonderful day and loved hanging out with all our friends and family. Vivi had a great birthday!
Here’s to year #2!!!