I'll be the first to say that Pinterest started to put a lot of pressure on me to throw the most perfect first birthday party ever.
I take that back. I was the one that was actually putting all the pressure on myself!
After playing with a few ideas of how I wanted to handle Hadley's birthday, we decided to invite just our family members and throw a small, sweet celebration for her. A small part of me was sad that we weren't going to be in either Tennessee or Alabama where our friends love Hadley so well (we are blessed in the friends department big time!), but I was seriously overjoyed that Jamie's and my parents and siblings were all going to be flying and driving to Manhattan to play with us. Getting everybody together is tough these days!
We set the date for this past Saturday, November 15th, just two days shy of her birthday.
My mom ordered her dress (something she really wanted to do - thank you Mom!), I planned a snacky food and drink menu, I picked up a few crafts at Joann's during the Veterans Day discount weekend (score!), and Jamie helped me clean the house in preparation to receive everybody.
One reason I love entertaining is because it makes us scrub our house. If I have people over once a week, my house gets super clean once a week. Makes sense to me! :)
Should I have ironed the table cloth? Oh well!
Look at those cupcakes! Made with lots of love. :)
So were the pretzels.
Basically everything I made was made with love. My food creations always seem to struggle in the presentation department. :)
I picked the theme "You are my sunshine" because that is her favorite song, and I'm not kidding.
I listened to the Elizabeth Mitchell version a lot while I was pregnant and missing Jamie, and we started playing and singing it for Hadley as soon as she was born. Every single time (and I do mean every single time) we play that song in the car, she gets quiet. Instantly. Many of you who have been in the car with us know well exactly what I'm talking about. I'm sorry for making you listen to it 88 times in a row.
And for you Hadley, your first birthday present will be snow.
Doesn't every one year old have a black eye on his/her birthday?
The party was relaxed and a good time to just hang with everybody. Our little extrovert, doesn't-know-a-stranger-EVER baby girl was definitely not herself and was pretty mope-y, but we initially chalked it up to her maybe being a little overwhelmed by the houseful. She didn't have much interest in opening her presents (she usually loves boxes and paper and tearing into everything), but she did love all of her presents once they were opened! Our family spoiled her with gifts that were equal parts thoughtful and generous. We were feeling the love.
I was bursting (!!!) to do the smash cake with Had because I was confident she was going to love it.
She didn't. She tried a few pieces here and there, and I was bummed out again! Shortly after, we took her temp and discovered she'd spiked a 102.6 fever (her highest fever to date). Awesome! Perfect timing! I felt so bad for her. Good thing your one year well-baby appointment (and shots!) is in three days, girlfriend.
She snuggled with me in the recliner under a heated blanket the rest of the afternoon/night before she crashed hard (obviously her snuggles were heaven). I also crashed hard around 9 p.m. (after announcing to everyone that I am, in fact, 85 and needed to put myself to bed), but I heard they all stayed up and laughed until midnight. We are thankful we have enough space in this house that both sets of parents and both of our brothers were able to stay here (we are really loving that basement I tell ya!).
Thank you to our families for making her day so special, and thank you to our best friends who loved on her from a distance with your gifts, video messages, text messages, etc. We love you so big!