You know what one of my biggest fears is? Throwing a party and having no one come. Know how to get rid of a fear? Have it happen. Ha! I’m kidding… kind of.
I knew I wanted to keep Hailey’s birthday small and within a budget, but it didn’t mean I didn’t want to put effort into it, so a lot of effort was put forth!
I seriously wouldn’t have gotten it all done with out my mom’s help. It took a full day of prep work and the whole family pitching in on the day of to get things ready.
Then, throughout the day, I kept getting messages from people that couldn’t make it for one reason or another. My heart sank a bit. My party shrunk to half it’s original size. At first I was disappointed. I really wanted Hailey’s first birthday to be special.
Then, with David’s help, I got a reality check. It WAS special. All four of Hailey’s grandparents were there, her Uncle Kris and Aunt Cara traveled from afar and any friends that showed up were there to celebrate her big milestone. I put my petty pouting aside, took note off the special people that were there, reflected on the wonderful year that had flown by and focused on my baby girl’s big smile.
Sometimes even my optimistic self needs help gaining perspective. Once I focused on what was important, a party ensued!
And what’s a party without food?
I decided on heavy hors d’oeuvres. Shrimp cocktail. Fruit skewers.
BBQ chicken sliders, deviled eggs.
A veggie tray, chips and onion dip.
Mac ‘n cheese bites. Oh, and cake, of course.
I made vanilla bean cupcakes and vanilla buttercream frosting… from SCRATCH. You guys, I actually scraped a vanilla bean! That was a first for me, if you can’t tell from my proud gleam. I also made Hailey a smash cake. With sprinkles!
One of my best decisions was having Magen come take pictures at the party. Her natural light photography is gorgeous. I trusted her skills and it allowed me to relax and enjoy the party, knowing she would capture the moments. I highly recommend her!
She snapped away. She even caught Hailey’s friends on camera, too. Hi Garrett !
As people arrived, we ate, mingled, then got right down to presents!
Looking at the above picture, I can’t help but hear Cookie Monster’s voice coming from Hailey saying PRESENTSssss!!
Hailey was showered with books, toys, clothes and lots of love.
After every ribbon had been untied and chewed on, it was time for cake.
We all gathered, sang and prepared for cake chaos!
Hailey stuck in a finger, licked it and didn’t seem to get what all the fuss was about. My ferocious eater was rather apathetic about cake.
She explored in gently, but her favorite part was feeding it to me.
I guess the girl doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. Like mother, like daughter! Everyone else seemed to think the cupcakes were delicious.
The day was gorgeous, so Magen snapped some pictures for us outside.
Then, we played around for a bit while the party died down.
At the end of the day, I couldn’t have cared less how many people were there. Hailey was surrounded by love from near and far, thanks to a stack of cards she had to open. It was a beautiful day with family and friends, celebrating Hailey’s one year milestone.