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I can’t believe our baby is one! Where did the last year go?? I’ve been thinking a lot about what life was like during this time last year as we patiently (okay not so patiently) waited for our beautiful baby to make her appearance. Honestly, I can’t remember what life was like before I got pregnant and it was just Matt and I. Esther’s arrival was a long-awaited promise and she has filled our lives with so much joy and light.
Planning Esther’s birthday was a lot of fun but I faced some mental obstacles I didn’t expect. Even though I knew that she would not remember this party in the long term, I still wanted to make it fun and memorable for us. I am by no means a party-planning queen or expert at most things DIY. However, I felt the pressure that the first birthday sets the stage for all future birthdays; I felt that if I didn’t do enough for her first birthday then every other party she has will flop. Any other moms face this when planning their baby’s first birthday?
Anyways, in my classic procrastination fashion, most of the party supplies and decorating happened within the hour before our guests arrived… I am incredibly grateful for my husband’s help in getting the house cleaned up for our guests. In the end, I really didn’t need to stress or worry at all because everything turned out great and I appreciated the simplicity of it all.
Without further ado, here are her party details:
Starting with the food table we had Minnie Munch Snack Mix, Pretty in Pink Punch, and vanilla cupcakes. All the decorations were bought from Party City (or should I say, Party Heaven?). The punch was frozen cans of strawberry lemonade and sprite. Super simple.
Here is how I made the Minnie Munch Snack Mix: I put parchment paper on a pan, layered pretzels, popcorn and pink & white chocolate candies from Party City. Then I melted chocolate melts and drizzled them on top. Once the chocolate hardened it was ready to serve. This could easily be modified for ANY party – and it’s crazy delicious.
These cupcakes are healthy AND delicious! I got the recipe from Yummy Toddler Food. (Quick plug: if you have young kids, she has some amazing ideas for healthy meals, how to deal with picky eaters, and how to have patience through every stage) Since the icing had honey in it, I opted to not put it on Esther’s cupcake because I didn’t want to risk introducing honey just yet. It made for a less messy cake smash but gave me peace of mind.
One of my favourite Minnie Mouse decorations (that is actually still up!) is this string of monthly photos.
Everyone loved it and even Esther loves to pause every time we go down the hall to look at them. It’s so fun to see her growth over the last year displayed in that way.
I can’t wait until she’s a little older and has opinions about what kind of parties she would like to have. And I know that however we end up celebrating her birthday, it’ll be a party as long as she’s there.
Here are some more pictures from her party:
P.S. I am so thankful for having a photographer in the family!