So I completely dropped the blogging ball last year and in attempt to somewhat make up for lost posts, I've decided to do a highlight reel of some of our top 2013 fun moments we had.
First up: Judah's 1st Birthday party. This party was particularly special to me since it was the last time I saw my Papa. He unfortunately passed away 5 days later, but I will always cherish the pictures that he took and the hugs that he gave while he was there.
|My favorite lion element was the candle holder. I found the perfect lion one in an etsy shop called Gnome Sweet Gnome and it was just want I had in mind.|
|Well, you can hardly see it, but I took chalk and drew paw prints leading up to the driveway and then wrote "Happy 1st Birthday Judah" but it was too bright to get a good pic.|
|So of course I had to make a sign and create a hashtag so people could upload it to social media. We're so hip.|
|Ah, the food table! I LOVED this banner. I bought a bunch of samples online and got a few fat quarters from JoAnn's and added doilies and gold paper. It didn't take long but I wanted to keep it up long after the party was over. As for what's on the table, I found the plate stand at goodwill and spray painted it. I also found the veggie stand plates at goodwill and super glued them onto candlesticks from the dollar store. And the lions were from the dollar store as well. You can't really see, but I made a couple pipe-cleaner crowns and added them to the lions to go with Judah's birthday crown. It's the little things that I get excited over. |
I picked tulips up at Fresh Market and one of my best friends, Val, came in early to arrange them and help set everything else up with me. She was a huge help that I didn't even realize I needed! For example, her and her husband refilled food the entire party without me even knowing. At one point in the party, I thought people weren't eating because everything was always full! They came early and stayed late--I can't wait to return the favor when Vivi turns one. :)
|For the cupcakes I knew I wanted to do toppers (FREE!) and I also added gold poms on some of them to carry out the "gold" theme, and then Beth commented that they reminded her of lion tails--do you see how I eat this stuff up??|
|My mom sporting her button with my little brother, James.|
|Val, Sarah, and Nat--Three of the best friends a girl could want!|
|My college roommate had a girl 6 months before Judah and had to suffer through all of my calls about being pregnant and being a mom. She's one of my closest friends and probably the most generous person I know. :)|
|Pipe-cleaner crown!!! I was obsessed with this thing. Too bad he had no interest in wearing it as you'll see below. Again, with the crowns and lions--I think you get it by now.|
|He ate this right up--but it took him forever. Very anti-climatic. It was the first bit of sugar that he ever tasted and he was definitely a fan.|
|Missing our best friend Kate who lives in Nashville. :(|
|Another partial group pic--missing Lauren, Jamie, and Betsy. We have all gone to school together since we were in elementary school and amazingly have stayed close throughout the years.|
|My brother and sis-in-law, Mal. They just had my nephew, Cooper, a few months ago and he is the cutest thing! He is currently sporting the sweetest mohawk that I show to everyone.|