March 27, 2011

{Ava's 1st Birthday} The Party

Yesterday we had Ava's first birthday party here at our home pool side. We couldn't have asked for a better day, and for better family and friends to share it with. We celebrated with lunch, cake and gifts. Our baby girl has been taking steps all this week, she hasn't quite taken off but it was so cute to see her in her little birthday tutu taking small steps. She devoured her smash cake, and eventually went into a sugar induced nap.

The whole day was absolutely perfect. I still can't believe she's one, it's like over night she grew up and is now big. We are so blessed by her and love her so much.

Without further adieu here's the pictures from her party. It all started with this invitation I won from Jess at Party Box Design. 


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{cake bunting flags printed off from the TomKat Studio and tied to lolly pops sticks}

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{monthly pictures all hung on a ribbon}

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{cupcake sugar cookie favors made with my Great Grandma's recipe}

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{The dessert table. The Happy Birthday banner made in Publisher and printed off and strung with ribbon}

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{simple coloring pages made with images found online and printed off on white paper. Buckets of crayons from Target}

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{Our Birthday Girl}

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{Our Happy Little Family}

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us. Orion and feel very lucky to have friends and family who love our girl just as much as we do. To my Mom & Sister in Law I couldn't have pulled it off without your help! Thank you. 

Here are some of the fabulous vendors I used to help me pull off this adorable party for Ava, party planning is a lot of fun and I love searching and finding awesome things to make it special. 

TomKat Studio: favor tags, dessert table labels, cake bunting flags, tons of inspiration
Party Box Design: the invitations & inspiration
Little Monster Hugs: Cupcake liners & cupcake toppers
Giggles & Grins: Ava's Onesie
Zulily: Ava's tutu
Ava's Closet: Ava's headband

The coloring pages, birthday banner, all food & desserts, party favor cookies, monthly photo banner, punch, pom-poms and decor were all made myself with the help of my Mom & SIL. 



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