I can’t believe I am writing this post! Since when did my baby grow up? I was completely caught off guard by it I almost forgot to plan a celebration for her! Thankfully a month was plenty of time to put together our laid back backyard birthday party (It’s especially great to have friends and family so willing to help out last minute 😉 )
The party officially kicked off at 4 pm with immediate family ready to shower Amelia with love and kisses while Jess and I finished preparations and food was delivered. In typical baby fashion, Amelia had two terribly short naps earlier in the day so I was worried about her stamina with so much attention on her. Thankfully, she prevailed and was a sweetheart the entire time. She let endless people pass her around, take pictures of and with her, and almost never stopped smiling. Phew!
For our backdrop I chose a pink and gold theme and kept the decorations simple. Pink flowers were scattered through the house and gold balloons on the mailbox and high chair to cover our color scheme. Outside I hung pink and gold banners I found at Target, strung up twine and used clothes pins to hang pictures from Amelia’s first year of life. We also had a game of corn hole in the backyard, however the heat kept most party-goers inside. Amelia was dressed in a precious outfit I found on Etsy and was a huge hit! (Etsy is the bomb!)
We catered the majority of our food to help make our day as simple as possible. The main course hailed from Moe’s BBQ and pork, mac and cheese, and baked beans fit well with our backyard vibe. Amelia’s personalized cookies were made by Whisk Cookie Company based in Birmingham and were so stinking cute! Her cake was our centerpiece and absolutely gorgeous. We ordered from our friend at The Cakerie, who took inspiration I sent and made it her own. It was vanilla buttercream on the bottom and strawberry on the top. Yum! I made Amelia’s smash cake with a sugar free cake mix and covered it with real icing and funfetti sprinkles. I found the cake topper online thanks to Pinterest (the best website ever!). Amelia spent her first few minutes of smash cake time trying to wipe the sprinkles off her hand until her daddy stepped in and let her taste the icing. She then proceeded to stick her entire icing-covered hand in her mouth. So fun!
Following the smash cake experience we took the party outside for pictures with the birthday girl! Friends and family donned crowns, hats and other props to really make the pictures casual and cute! I’m hoping to take these pictures and create an album with notes guests left as they walked in.
Promptly at 7 pm it was time to put our sweet birthday girl to bed, and she was more than happy to take her lovie and paci and crash for the night. Post bedtime, friends stuck around for backyard chats on the patio, allowing Jess and me to relax and kick our feet up.
Overall, the day was a complete success and we created memories we will treasure for a lifetime. I want to thank friends and family for coming out to celebrate, Tom Coiner for taking these precious pictures, The Cakery for an amazing cake, Whisk Cookie Co. for delicious cookies, and my baby girl for making the first year easy on her amateur parents. On to year 2!