There are two things my little one absolutely goes nuts for:
1. her bottle.
2. cookies of any kind.
So, when it came time to plan her first birthday party, the theme was a no-brainer: milk and cookies.
Here are the invites I sent to all of her favorite people:
Of course, the birthday girl needed something appropriate to wear to her par-tay.
Here's what I came up with for her big day:
I whipped up this little head band and then made the shirt with some felt, heatbond, and simple stitching.
She supplied the bruises on her own; how thoughtful of her, right?
And seriously-- isn't my mom the cutest?
I've thrown some pretty elaborate birthday parties in the past, and I have to see this one was so simple in comparison.
But don't let that fool it-- it was one super cute, fun party.
I kept the menu really simple.
Of course, there had to be coffee for the grown-ups.
Other than that, I stuck to the basics:
cookies, cookies, cookies, and more cookies.
And cupcakes....but not just any cupcakes.
These cupcakes were filled with magical goodness in the form of cookie dough centers, based on a recipe I adapted from here.
I found the silver platters at the Dollar Tree (score of the year) and am IN LOVE with the milk pitchers that I found at Wally World.
They were quite the hit and perfect for serving plain milk, as well as strawberry and chocolate.
I then recycled the cupcake tower from Lib's party and made some cute cupcake toppers-- some made to look like cookies and some sticking with the black and white photos motif from Hollyn's first year.
I also left the tree up and used it to display more pics of the little one; with her birthday being so close to Christmas, I just couldn't resist.
I also used black and white pics. to decorate the mantel.
I had one picture to represent each month of her life so far.
The food was great, the atmosphere was better, and the fun had by those in attendance was the best of all.
And this little girl could not POSSIBLY have been any cuter.
She was so sweet and patient while we opened all of her presents.
And I think the sock monkey slippers might have been her favorite, seeing as how she couldn't stop hugging them.
Personally, I was a little partial to these.
And I'm not sure who invited nudist colony Barbie, but she made an appearance nonetheless.
Her cake (decorated by friend Lenzie- thank you :) ) was adorable, and Hollyn ate every. single. one of those cookies. I told you she fiends for them.
We didn't even get to finish singing to her before she had to sample them.
She kept trying to share, but for whatever reason, no one wanted any of her cake....hmmmm....
The finished product:
I am so thankful for all the people who adore this little girl.....
...even if some of them do try to steal her on their way out.
And again, could my friends GET any cooler?
I'm thinking not.
The odds of that happening are about as good as the odds that this baby could possibly get any cuter,
...and let's just say I'm not holding my breath on that one.
We sent everyone on their way with some cookies in tow.
And I all have left to say is that turning one sure is fun.