Today I am excited to share with you an amazing first birthday party that one of my blog readers, Jessica put together for her sweet one year old baby. Jessica is also the daughter in law of a couple at church – a family I love!!
The party Jessica put together was amazing. So much love and care went into it.
Jessica had been told by people told that a first birthday celebration was just for her, since the baby won’t remember. This may be true but Jessica wanted to…
“celebrate big, make a fuss, hand-make every decoration, stay up late cooking and crafting and gluing, and invite all of Annalise’s little friends and their families over. I’ve been thinking about this party, this event to celebrate the life and miracle of my angel baby girl, for months, but I couldn’t articulate to myself why I wanted such a big fuss. Then I read a post from this blog and was struck by a short quote from a mother who lost her daughter to a choking accident two weeks shy of her second birthday. In a letter to her son on his first birthday, she wrote, “Dearest Little Peter Boy, I didn’t know that your sister, Lucy, would have only one birthday. Just one. We had a small party for her. And it was sweet and wonderful. But after she passed away, I realized what a big deal birthdays are. Another year alive. Another year with our loved ones. And I vowed that I would make your first birthday a huge celebration. And we did! It was all I could have hoped for and more.” I agree. They’re a big deal and they are indeed a miracle. One which I do not take for granted and Annalise’s party was my way of expressing that and reveling in it. I thank God for my precious baby.”
I have to say I totally agree with Jessica!!
The theme of the party was Sweet Pea,which is her daughter’s nickname.
Jessica carried that fun theme through all the details of the party and created a beautiful, not to be forgotten event!
For Jessica, the name of the game was THRIFTY. She wanted to put together a fun party from scratch without spending a lot of money. Look what Jessica did with some dollar store finds. It is amazing what a little spray paint, glue and imagination can do!
Glass bowls and candlesticks from the dollar store become lovely serving pieces!
A little inexpensive tissue paper and craft paper and look what you have –
I also love what she did with this fun little sign she found at the Dollar Store that fit her theme so perfectly!
After: So much cuter!
Jessica’s attention to detail was wonderful. She printed off labels at home to dress up and personalize her water bottles.
Jessica then took an out grown tutu she already had and stuffed it into a vase and had an amazing party decoration
As you can see Jessica is also an amazing photographer so her sweet pea will remember this amazing first birthday as she relives it through the wonderful pictures her mother has taken.
Thank you Jessica for sharing your party with us. The love and devotion you have to your daughter shines through every detail.
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