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Hailey’s 1st Birthday Party

Posted Sep 25 2012 7:41am

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!

Hailey's 1st birthday- prep

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.

Hailey's 1st birthday- monthly picture frames

Hailey's 1st birthday

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.

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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?

Hailey's 1st birthday- shrimp

I decided on heavy hors d’oeuvres. Shrimp cocktail. Fruit skewers.

Hailey's 1st birthday- fruit skewers

BBQ chicken sliders, deviled eggs.

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A veggie tray, chips and onion dip.

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Mac ‘n cheese bites. Oh, and cake, of course.

Hailey's 1st birthday- cupcakes

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!

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- smash cake

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!

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- Hailey and Nana

She snapped away. She even caught Hailey’s friends on camera, too. Hi Garrett !

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- Garrett

As people arrived, we ate, mingled, then got right down to presents!

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- crazy eyes

Looking at the above picture, I can’t help but hear Cookie Monster’s voice coming from Hailey saying PRESENTSssss!!

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- books

Hailey was showered with books, toys, clothes and lots of love.

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- papa john

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Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- ride along

After every ribbon had been untied and chewed on, it was time for cake.

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- presenting the cake

We all gathered, sang and prepared for cake chaos!

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- tasting the cake

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.

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- exploring the cake

She explored in gently, but her favorite part was feeding it to me.

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- feeding mom

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.

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- Nora

The day was gorgeous, so Magen snapped some pictures for us outside.

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- Stathas

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- Dixons

Then, we played around for a bit while the party died down.

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- hi dad

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- fun with mom

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.

Magen Marie Photography- Hailey's 1st birthday- Hailey

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