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Tip Tuesday: Flashback: 1st Birthday fun!

Planning a first birthday can be fun and special.  Here are a few tips/suggestions from Miss Missy’s first birthday.

1) Have a photo session.  I have five kids and the thought of taking them to the mall for one hopeful shot of my one year old becomes an ordeal that can last several hours. Not to mention the expense. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found a pin on Pinterest that suggested using wrapping paper and having your own photo session.  I found this cute wrapping paper at  the local dollar tree and made sure that I stretched it up the wall and across the floor and had Miss Missy sit on top. I made sure she had several props (toy cake slices, and a cell phone). It literally took 15 minutes and about 6 shots with my Iphone to land this cute shot! I love it. I had prints made at Walmart and I also bought two frames from the dollar store and spray painted them pink to match her party decorations.

Photo session2) Personalize when you can. I printed out some of my favorite photos of Miss Missy over her past year. I tried to find pictures of just her. I then displayed these on a clothesline around one of my favorite signs from the girls’ room. I hung all these decorations up with command strip hooks.

first year photos 3.) Serve food that is adult and kid friendly. Don’t have just kid food if the party involves kids and adults or very “fancy” food when the party is centered around a one year old. I like to plan my party around who is attending. If I have alot of kids over, I’m not serving anything with red sauce that I will have to clean up off my carpets. In fact, I try to only serve apple juice or white grape juice for that reason. I want to enjoy my parties too. It’s impossible to keep all the food from entering the basement or spills from happening, but you can make it easier on yourself. At this party, I served something simple. Probably Chic filia nuggets and pulled pork sandwiches in a crock pot. (see….just sent the hubs out. little cooking from mom.) I had a large fruit platter and veggie and dip platter; apple slices and caramel dip; crab dip with crackers; chip and dip; a greek salad; deviled eggs; and macaroni salad. I think, if I can remember correctly, I also served a baked macaroni and cheese for the kiddos.

buffet4.) Make fun decorations that kids will enjoy!!! The kids loved helping me hang these streamers that looked a multi-colored curtain. This pink tablecloth wrapped around the curtain rod made for a good valance. We made the puff balls out of tulle. I don’t have detailed pictures of the lollipop centerpiece or the bubble gum #1 centerpiece that were on the table but here are the pinterest sites I used below:

Easy centerpiece: Take big styrofoam ball and stick lollipops into it!

decorative mantleA simple mantle of fresh flowers and more photos of Miss Missy with family and friends. This is also where we had her gift bags and boxes placed when the guests arrived.

5.) Plan the party around the party kid. We planned our party to start when Miss Missy would be awaking from her nap. It was an “open house” type party running from 3-7pm with dinner being served around 4:30 and cake cutting at 5:30. This allowed Miss Missy to really enjoy her cake and opening her presents. She was the main “guest of honor” so the day flowed around her schedule.

6.) Make or Buy a Smash cake. My sister-in-law made this adorable “smash” cake for Miss Missy. It was a cake that was made only for her. This is perfect if your  little one has any food allergies. You can tailor their cake and buy a store cake for everyone else.

Smash cake!!!

Smash cake!!!

bria and cake 2bria and cake

The best of luck in all your party planning! Hope these have been helpful!

God Bless,


Easter Celebrations!!!

Just as I sat down and uploaded my photos of Easter Sunday to my laptop, my hard drive crashed! NOOOOOOOOO

Thankfully the people at Best Buy’s Geek Squad were able to salvage all my photos and the great people at DELL sent me a box to return my laptop. So I apologize for how late this post is in arriving…but a LOT of work went into getting these pictures, saving them, resaving them and then posting….

SO….let’s talk our Easter Celebrations!!!!

AND…roll pictures of our decorations…..

mantle 2

I LOVE fresh flowers!!! Spring, for me, is about filling my house with fresh flowers starting at Easter. These tulips really helped to “accentuate” the easter decorations that I had.

Easter book display

I like to display holiday books on this little piece in our family room. It encourages the children to pick up these books and read through them.

My favorite family tradition is our annual “decorating of the school room” and the “running through the banner”. My children decorate a banner on Good Friday and we close down our school/play room til Easter Morning. When the children come down in the morning, they hear loud, joyous religious music playing, and they run through their banner that blocks entry into the school room. Here are the decorations that they found:(please excuse their messy cubbies)

school room decor 1


How cute are these little Easter cupcake toppers? And if you are like me, Easter has enough sweets so…why not use them for muffins instead of cupcakes??? My kiddos LOVED these for breakfast. I served these and some fresh fruit and juice.

Check out this view of our school/play room below. I think it turned out so nice this year:

full school room shot

And I LOVE the fragrant smell of an Easter Lily. I try to keep it alive as long as possible. It’s just beautiful!!!!

After a quick “treat” from the Easter baskets, we were off to get ready for Church. Check out my little beauties……

Then…..it was time to have the hubby hide the kids eggs.

easter egg

egg treasures

This year we decided to fill the kids eggs with candy, some cash, and some of these cute “egg coupons” that I found on Pinterest. Surprisingly, the kiddos found the coupons to be the “coveted” prize from the eggs.

You can find them here….

Here are two pictures I got that captured emptying their eggs….

shay egg results

egg results

Lastly we sat down for our Easter dinner:

table centerpieces

 tOn the menu:

  • marinated lamb chops
  • baked glazed ham
  • Martha Stewart’s mac and cheese (phenomenal….)
  • steamed broccoli
  • sweet corn
  • garlic sauteed spinach
  • some sparkling peach grape juice for the kiddos
  • malbec wine for the adults

As you can see, we had a wonderful Easter Sunday celebration!

Thanks for stopping by!