Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Natalie's FIRST Birthday Celebration

Natalie turned one on the 9th and we celebrated as a little family. We had spaghetti for dinner (Natalie's favorite) and gave Natalie a small cake to herself.  It was very simple, but the perfect way to spend a Monday night.

Then on Saturday, we had the big birthday bash!!  Thank you to everyone who came over to celebrate with us.  The theme was Minnie Mouse.  Shannon from Sweet Stellas provided meal inspiration and the adorable handcrafted decorations.  My friend Lisa made the fantastic (and super delicious) cakes.  Here are some photos before the party began.

The Birthday Girl waiting for her guests to arrive - the bow lasted all of 30 seconds

I realized that I forgot to take a picture of the cheese slices that were cutout as mickey's profile - I couldn't find a cookie cutter so Ryan made me one - he's so good to me :)

The fruit cups had little pink and purple bows on them - I may have gone a bit overboard ;)

We began the party with our favorite activity - eating!  Everything was so delicious.  I have to thank my parents for all their help in getting ready.  My mom runs circles around me in the kitchen and my dad served as the grill master (who even brought his grill since ours is not functioning properly).

I absolutely love having our whole family together.  Our friends are so close with our family so these parties become a big social event.  I nearly lost track of time since I was talking so much through the meal! After our great conversation, kids playing and lots of eating, Natalie (aka - the other kids) opened gifts. 

I absolutely love birthday parties, but I especially love first birthday parties for the smash cake!!  Here is a play by play of Natalie's cake experience.  


Thank you family and friends for making this day so much fun!  We are so thankful to have you in our lives!!


  1. so cute! we`re doing Minnie Mouse for Breanna`s first birthday too

  2. We did Minnie Mouse for Ci's first birthday, it was such a fun theme! Natalie was so funny with her cake! Love it!!!! :)

    Happy belated birthday, Natalie!!!

  3. Looks like she loved that cake alright!! I have a feeling that we are goin gto be doing Minnie for a Rebecca's second birthday. Good thing I kept a bunch of the Mickey items from Aiden's third birthday last year.

  4. Awesome job! Looks fantastic. :)

  5. Aw- I saw the pictures on fb but I love what you did! The cake smash is awesome!! We have 1 year olds now- crazy!

  6. Great cake pictures of Natalie. Love that little girl!!!!!!!!!
    G & G Maggie

  7. Everything turned out so good!!!! And girl loves her some cake! I wish Jackson would've dove in like this. She could teach him a few things :) yay for one year olds!


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