5.28.2012

stella's 1st birthday weekend




this memorial day weekend we celebrated baby girl's 1st birthday with lots of family and friends.  we had a simple cupcake party with our little family for four on her real birthday, but this one included so much more.  and lots of pictures to prove it!  

her special day went off without a hitch as she proudly displayed her giddy grin for all the world to see.  this "i am going to try and show you all of my new teeth" grin is chock full of cuteness with a smidgen of cheese.  you know, just the way a baby girl's smile should be on her big day as a one year old.     

as the day went on we nibbled on fruity flavored macarons from natasha's pastry shop, devoured oklahoma joe's pulled pork sandwiches {which are always a winner}, and slurped down endless glasses of refreshing white peach sangria.  as if this wasn't already a recipe for party success, there was much more in store for our little stella bella.  

like presents!  baby girl got loads of new books, elmo toys to curb her latest obsession, interesting art supplies, summer clothes, a new wooden walker with a music station, a memory book of her first year, and then, from dada, the jackpot mother load of all gifts: a plush elephant rocker.  that roars.  

"seriously, they make those?" you ask.  yes, indeed they do.  leave it to dada to find it, too.  mr. elephant, who has yet to be named, takes the cake for best gift. ever.  we just adore elephants over here. 

do you remember when andrew and i each decided to get our little miss something for her birthday?  remember that awesome idea?  well, i went the literary route with these beautiful books, and her dada went the route of awesomeness and got the best present of all presents.  she loved sitting on it and even made a "raaawwwrr" sound imitating her new furry friend.  what a priceless moment we all had sitting on the floor watching stella rock back and forth, cheese grin and all.    

and then for the grand finale, le cake!  but not just any cake.  confetti angel food cake my mom and dad brought with them from iowa made so lovingly by the amish.  for real.  it was so, so  good.  not really to our surprise, this tiny lady ate her cake without an ounce of hesitation and just dug in, no shame.  she couldn't even wait for us to slice it so we let her grab a fist full of frosting to satisfy her obvious sweet tooth.  after getting her her own slice, she wasted no time licking those fingers and getting that white, fluffy goodness on that tongue of hers.  after filling that tiny belly up, she decided to be a dear and share her leftovers by graciously offering everyone watching her a bite.  dada got some serious pre-licked frosting as his bite.  thee best kind of frosting, right?

after cake we all went out on our patio and put up our feet.  embarrassing stories were told by all and of many present.  all in the name of family.  :)

so.  here we are.  baby girl is one.  yep, i said it without crying this time.  one.  year.  old.

we all have that "day after" feel going on as colorful balloons are floating around half mast in the humid air, and new toys are dispersed in our apartment in every which way.  there was indeed a special gathering here, and one heck of a day was had by all.  a day we shall never forget. a day meant for documenting.  

today however, promises lots of relaxation with leftovers looming on the horizon.  pulled pork for one week straight?  cool beans i gotta say.  and a big thank you and hug to all who came and made her day so special!  we loved having you and sharing these beautiful memories.

and so begins our adventure aptly named: summer :) 

26 comments:

  1. I love your high chair. It's exactly what I imagine when I think of one I'd like to find. Is it an old wooden one you painted? It looks similar to an old wooden one my grandmother has. I'd love to know where it's from if not!

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    1. thank you sarah! the yellow high chair was my husband's when he was growing up believe it or not! my mother in law redid it and we painted it yellow. I say, take your grandmas and go for it. We absolutley love love love it :)

      xo, amanda

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  2. Cutest birthday! Honestly, I wouldn't mind a party for me looking like this :)

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    1. thank you elise! you are just too sweet ;) have a wonderful weekend!

      xo, amanda

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  3. The best! I just love the picture of you three (with her on her amazing elephant) the one where you two are looking at her! ahhh, heart melting. Im glad her day was celebrated just the way it should! ps Im an elephant lover too. :)

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    1. that is my fav pic too ;) and mister elephant is just plain AWESOME.

      xo, amanda

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  4. Oh such sweet photos! I love! Also desserts are def my weakness! Your newest follower. Jessica

    THEJESSICALBLOG.COM

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    1. thank you so much for your kind comments jessica!! have a happy weekend :)

      xo, amanda

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  5. Wow! Looks like she had an amazing time! We had Wyatt's birthday this weekend too - didn't go so well.. 102 fever and we had to leave our own party early... you can check my blog for the post, lol. So happy little miss Stella had a wonderful day! :)

    --kendall
    songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com

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  6. This brought a huge smile to face!

    I can't wait for my little one's first birthday party June 3rd! We have been cleaning up like crazy!! And lucky you to have macarons!!

    You set everything up sooo nice!!

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    1. thank you for your sweet comments natalie :) your little one is going to be one oh so soon! are you guys planning a party?! if you are, i bet it will stunning!

      xo, amanda

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  7. Now that's the way to celebrate a 1st year!
    Every detail is accounted for!
    Absolutely adorable!

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    1. thank you sherri! you are too sweet :) it was one fun first birthday indeed!!

      xo, amanda

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  8. What a beautiful birthday! The little coral dress and the cake are perfect for her, hihi! Great pictures! :D I found your blog from another blog and really liked it, would you like to follow each other thru GFC and BLOGLOVIN? <3

    Have a wonderful week,
    Andrea*
    andrea-poof.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you for all of your sweet comments andrea! i'm heading over to your neck of the woods to check out your blog and follow you via GFC :) thanks for stopping by!

      xo, amanda

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  9. great pictures! Love the clean and fresh decor of her first birthday!

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    1. thank you melanie :) so sweet of you!

      xo, amanda

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  10. I LOVE all of the little details... Adorable! And it looks like Miss Stella had a BLAST :) I'm so glad that you all had such a wonderful celebration!

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  11. Can I just say that Stella's smile in these pictures is adorable? AND everything looks so pretty and well organized in these pictures! :)

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  12. You have a beautiful home and a beautiful family!

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  13. How adorable is this?! And that view is stunning. What a sweet party. Love the textured cake. She is so gorgeous! Happy first bday!!!

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  14. happy birthday to stella, she's beautiful! and the party looks amazing :)

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    1. thank you for your sweet comments, girl!!

      xo, amanda

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  15. I love all the colors. Looks bright and cheery.

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  16. I'm pretty sure you and I might be style sisters, both in your home and wardrobe! That being said - I'm in KC too and have to know - where did you get your outfit? It's lovely!

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    1. well, hey sister! where are you at in KC? what a small world we live in. i got the skirt at forever 21 for like $15 and the top at j crew sale rack. gotta love a good sale. hope you are having a great weekend!

      xo, amanda

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