It’s almost the end of 2012 already and our family has survived what was the busiest season of my life as a mommy thus far. Just some of the things that I crossed off my to-do: doing bridesmaid dutyand crafting through the night for my sister-in-law’s wedding, preparing my first Thanksgiving feast, planning like a crazy woman for Emmett’s first birthday, crafting Christmas crafts for a Jesse Tree ornament collective project with friends, and doing bridesmaid duty again for a dear friend’s wedding.
There were some unexpected events as well – the passing of a loved one, last minute trips to Los Angeles to attend the viewing and funeral, various illnesses, a period of belated postpartum depression (this will be a later post) and an impromptu family photo shoot.
So yes, please do forgive me for being so absent, but I am so glad to be back! I hope to share pictures of all of these (except the ppd – I’ll spare you the gory details) and more soon.
In the meantime, here are some photos of Emmett’s party. It ended up being a blast and came together wonderfully, though most of you know that I had quite a harried time of making it happen. Procrastination nation – population: 1.
The dessert tablescape
The dessert table – white branches with stars, birch vases, tassels from PartyCreative on Etsy (LOVED, absolutely LOVED her. I was crazy last minute, but she was ever so accommodating and delivered all the party tassels to me exactly as specified and early to boot), bunting (made by yours truly), cupcakes from a local crepe store, cakes from Extraordinary Desserts (Viking cake – a staff fave, and the blood orange ricotta torte). Not pictured: lemon tarts and random desserts also from ED and homemade Oreo pops with a white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy coating.
Thank you, reader Bees for helping me decide on the Smores bar! It was a hit and was a busy spot at Emmett’s party. We had Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Hershey’s Cookies & Cream Chocolate, regular marshmallows, pumpkin marshmallows and gingerbread marshmallows.
Top right – the teepee (made by Papa M) doubled as a photo booth. We set up a little area with a small Polaroid camera and paper props from Oh Happy Day.
The tent (also made by best-dad-of-the-year, Papa M) had a felt ball garland (made by me with felt balls from TheFickleFeltTree on Etsy – she is also FAB and her felt balls were high quality with bright, pigmented colors), a faux fire place and random camping toys for the kiddos to play with.
And for the more antsy toddlers, we set up an “outdoor” movie screen. The movie of choice – “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” complete with black-grey-white sleeping mats (another DIY with ikea pillowcases and their too-flat-to-be-pillows cheapo pillows).
Glass bottles for adult guests: Starbucks Frappacino packs from Costco – painstakingly collected and consumed over the past couple years. I’ve used these on more than one occasion!
Raffle: Prizes included a Jesus Storybook bible, some DVD’s….and the super grand prize – the homemade tent! Four winners in all.
Favors: Thank You stamp by Ampersandity (they’re closed for the holidays, but make sure to check out her stuff. love her designs!), tag (a DIY), and black favor bags (Party City). Because the ages of children at the party ranged from 3 months to 7 years old, we had two different goodie bags. For infants: a gingerbread house ornament, sidewalk chalk, kiddie Christmas tattoos. For the older children: 4 wooden colored pencils, sidewalk chalk, erasers, kiddie Christmas tattoos.
Not pictured in this post was the food – we catered Phil’s barbecue and Papa M made his famous tri-tip, with Costco Supergreen salad (LOVE), and potato salad.
Hope you all enjoyed the little photo tour of Emmett’s first birthday party. It was nice for me to go back through these photos and remember all the details. It was such a blur (it really felt like my wedding), but I have a lingering memory of good food, chilled out parents, happy kids, and sparkly lights..
P.S.: I was also swept-in-the-moment and didn’t actually take any photos. All these photos were taken by my super-talented friend!