Monday, May 6, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers: Party Time!!!

Party time has come and gone, and I'm so excited to share the excitement with you all!  First up our theme- April Showers Brought Our May Flower.  

Of course, I didn't know April showers would actually bring us May snow showers, and we had snow on the ground the day before E's birthday. We had planned to have the french doors in our living room open to our back patio and have seating out there as well, but of course, that didn't pan out.  Things were a bit of a tighter squeeze, but I think it turned out nicely.  My sister-in-law came in a couple of days early to help with all the party prep, and everyone pitched in the day of.  It was definitely a group effort.

The food table was my main decoration point.  Each of the foods had a flower theme.  We had White Cheddar Poppy-Corn, Snapdragon Spinach Dip, Pretty Peony Pinwheels, Sunflower Sandwiches, Petunia Pasta Salad, Violet Veggie Shooters,  and Blooming Button Mushrooms.

And my favorite... a Cloudy with a chance of Fruit Pizza station.

The cake had a layer that was rain themed, and then petals for the bottom layer.  It was delicious.  We also had a smash cake for Emersyn, along with an old wooden highchair I found at a flee market and painted pink.

The favors were little flower shaped sugar cookies- "Pockets Full of Posies".  I put together a slideshow of Emersyn's first year, and I made her monthly photos into a banner.  The drink station was set up right by the front door, along with a print I made highlighting some things about Emersyn.

Here's that print up closer, and the decorations in our dining room.
By the way, I waited until the last minute to order that print because a 5th tooth had been in the works for a couple of weeks.  And, she totally popped the 5th tooth AFTER I ordered the print haha.

Our little family:)  In this picture you can see the growth chart that was our gift to E- handmade by her daddy.  I cut out the stencils for the numbers and he painstakingly dremmeled them out, and stained the board.  We're excited to get it hung and see how she grows over the years!

And then there was cake!!!  E has quite the sweet tooth and she was very entertaining!

These days if you ask Emersyn a question, she'll shrug up her shoulders while we say "I don't know".  It is so cute.  She picked it up in less than 20 minutes, which is impressive until I tell you we've been trying to teach her to blow kisses for three months.
 Oh how we love this kiddo.

E wasn't really digging in in the unfamiliar highchair, so we let her go to town on a mat on the floor.
 She did not disappoint.
Yup, I got frosting all over in the process of cleaning her up and had to change.  Totally worth it.  Frosting is surprisingly moisturizing:)

We had a great turnout, and several people drove several hours to celebrate our girl's special day.  We're so thankful she has so many people that love her.  The bottom picture is my bestie, Jessica, and her little boy, Knox, who is a couple months younger than Emersyn.  Someday we'll be happy we have these photos of them for their wedding slideshow. Muahaha.
 Near the end of the party we made sure to get photos with our families.
It was such a wonderful day!


  1. Such a cute party theme! Looks like she had a great time!

  2. I can't believe she's one!! She is just adorable and the party and all the details were darling!!! Great job, mama!!

  3. What a fantastic party! Everything looked perfect...including E's smash cake pics, haha! I can't believe she's 1 already!!!!

  4. Oh my, what a gorgeous party!!! And a lovely birthday girl. :) Such cute details and a day you'll remember forever! (And you are lookin' good yourself, Mama!)

  5. I love her and her expressions with the smash cake. Again, well done, mama!!

  6. Cute pictures! Where did you order the chalkboard print? Love it!