I’m still having a hard time grasping the fact that our girl is a year old! I may have shed a few tears over the past couple weeks just thinking about how fast this little person is growing up. This year has been nothing short of amazing and we can’t imagine what life would be like without Shelby James.
I have been mentally planning her first birthday party since the day we found out we were having a girl. That’s normal right? I changed my mind about the theme more times than I’d like to admit, and ended up settling for a color scheme rather than an actual theme. Black & White stripes with touches of Gold, Pink and Mint were the winners. When I explained it to my husband all I got in response was an eye-roll. Men just don’t get it.
We actually had two separate parties. The weekend before her birthday we had a smaller family party at my aunt and uncles beautiful new home. I’m so glad we did this as my grandpa and a few other guests wouldn’t have been comfortable at the bigger, more chaotic party. Since it was smaller and there weren’t as many kids, my sister-in-law and their newborn twins were able to come celebrate with Shelby without so many people around, which was wonderful!
Here are a few pictures from the day
I made ice cream cone cupcakes. They were super easy and cute!
It was such a fun afternoon and Shelby had so much fun celebrating with her family. Big thanks to everyone who came!
The following weekend we had another party for our friends and some family. My sister has an adorable house which she kindly offered as a place for the party. Her yard is tiny, which made for a very “cozy” party, but I think it worked out just fine.
I hand made all of the party decor. It was so much fun putting everything together after days and hours of planning. The balloon and banner tissue tassels were the most time consuming, but one of my favorite details of the day. (more about the GIANT balloons later)
I insisted on having these giant round balloons for her party. I ordered 5 (which came deflated, obviously) and planned to use a few by the gate, like in this picture and place the others throughout the yard. Easy enough. Not exactly. We took the deflated balloons to the party store the day before the party to have them blown up. The girl warned us that while these balloons are adorable, transporting them is not so adorable. She suggested we rent a U-Haul to get them from the store. Say Whaa?! We stupidly ignored her and literally had to cram these monsters into hubby’s truck and my SUV (and we only used 4!). These puppies are each 36 inches in diameter. Shelby and her party dress were squished in the backseat with $40 worth of helium. No, not a typo, it cost 40 bucks to have the damn things inflated. But I was NOT going to change my mind. Plus, I had made a bazillion tissue tassles to hang from them, so they were getting used! I would definitely use these balloons again, maybe just plan out the pick-up transportation a little better. Live and Learn.
I used my Silhouette to make the cake topper and all of the paper banners.
Some friends leaving Shelby a birthday message. Michael made the big chalkboard, which is now on our fence in the backyard for outdoor coloring fun.
Here I am all smiley ready to serve Shelby her cake, hoping for one of those perfect “baby’s-first-birthday-smash-cake-pictures”.
We tell Shelby every day how loved she is by so many people. We feel very lucky to have such wonderful friends and loving, supportive families. I wouldn’t have been able to pull this party off without the help from my mom and sister. Thanks ladies:)
As much fun as it was planning and enjoying these two parties, nothing melts my heart more than this picture our dear friend and photographer captured. There is nothing that makes me love my husband more than watching him with Shelby.
All the decor was handmade by me. I am happy to answer any questions about where to purchase anthing else you see in these pictures. Just leave a comment. Thank you for all of the sweet birthday wishes for Shelby. We are already looking forward to next year’s party!