We celebrated the baby's first birthday this past weekend. Bittersweet - still can't believe she is a year old already.
For her party, since we dubbed her the "golden child" at only a few weeks old, I decided to have a sunshine party... which evolved into a sunshine and lemonade party... which became more about lemonade than sunshine, but what the heck. Our colors were yellow, of course, and pink. The party was mid-afternoon so we only served cake and lemonade. Translation = easy.
Here's the dining room all set up for the partay.
I was pumped to use my mason jars for the lemonade. I stole the ol' Pinterest trick and used cupcake liners as the lids and poked tiny holes for the straws to go through. I ordered the straws from here.
Here is the table scape up close. (Why do I always think of Sandra Lee when I say table scape? I kinda hate that word actually, but what else do you call it?)
Almost everything is from Target or Hobby Lobby or here, but if you have a question about something specific, please ask away.
I made a white cake with pink lemonade icing. The dots are just upside down candy melts from Hobby Lobby.
Her smash cake was so stinkin cute, I have to say. I just baked an extra 6-inch cake and iced it with the same icing. Added the straws and the bunting banner (made from scrapbook paper and string!)
Saturday was actually Chad's birthday so I also bought his favorite cake as a surprise - Edgar's strawberry cake. Yum.
I made her invitation on PicMonkey and I was so pleased with how it turned out...
Printed them at home on card stock and found the yellow scalloped cards at Staples; I just stuck them to the yellow cards with double sided tape.
The buffet was decorated with a banner, pictures of Emma Kate, flowers, lemons and lemonade.
(Drink dispensers are glass and they are in Target's Threshold line for the home. They are also stackable which I thought was neat. Online price says $18.99 but they were $14.99 in store. I sort of splurged on these but I justified it because I know I'll use them again and again. Same goes with the white beverage tubs on the table that held the ice and mason jars; I had nothing to hold drinks and I know I'll use them over and over so I bought those too.)
I brought my big gallery wrap canvas up from the foyer to display over our treat table. Just hung it on a command hook using some burlap and pink ribbon. This is one of my favorite pictures of her and describes her so well... sweet and smiley [almost] all of the time. :)
Favors were lemon drops (the old fashioned kind, from Hobby Lobby) packed in baby food jars and tied with ribbon. I soaked the jars in hot soapy water for several hours to get the labels to come off (rather than scrubbing each one with Goo-Gone and a rag). And I primed and then painted all the lids.
They turned out so cute, although we always forget to hand out our favors. So now I'm stuck with 62 lemons and 6200 lemon drops. Awesome.
The mantle... my usual party stuff: banner, balloons, pictures and a chair for the birthday gal.
I was excited this year to use my Silhouette Portrait machine for the letters on the banner. There are endless possibilities with that thing and I love it. Thanks Mom!
I decided to let the kitchen table be a kid's table; I made some cupcakes with the batter and icing I had left over and just used extra decor and lemonade. Yellow tub from Target dollar aisle (in the $2.50 section.)
I printed off my favorite picture from every month of her first year out on card stock and glued the pictures to scrapbook paper and made a banner out of them. Also a popular idea from Pinterest.
Little Miss Sunshine woke up just in time for her party and didn't quite know what to think about the house full of people.
So thankful that our family and a few other babies were able to join us to celebrate this girl. We watched a slide show of her first year on the TV while eating our cake. Notice EK on the couch next to the adults. I tried to pick her up at one point and she totally shunned me. She just wanted to sit there like an adult.
Attempted family photo = Epic fail. Sam was feeling horrible.
Brother and sister helped blow out the candle.
Looking to mom for permission to touch her cake.
Big sis had to let her know how it tasted before she would dive in...
She was so calm and just stared at everyone while slowly inching her hands towards her cake. Definitely a 3rd child. She didn't care to put on a show or be the center of attention; she was just cool, calm and collected as she took bite after bite.
Then it was off with the bib. But first we paused because she looked like a nun.
Ready to open gifts!
Sweet, sweet girl.
Emma Kate's best friends Charlotte and Mason (they will all be the same age in school)
And their mamas are all some of my closest friends: Sara, Courtney and Jamie (with Gage, who is Sambo's age). Met them all in bible study 6 years ago and love them all so much.
MeMama and EK in their matching pink!
Best buds Gage and Sambo playing the drum outside
Emma Kate wanted a turn too. This girl loves being outside.
We had so much fun celebrating our precious baby.
I will post soon with a one-year update and more party stuff.
Love you all and thanks for being patient with my lack of posting!
Happy 1st birthday, Emma Kate Morgan! We love you so much, baby girl!