Wednesday, November 26, 2008

party recap

Here are some photos of Isabella's first birthday party. They are all jumbled and out of order because that is the way blogger loads! It was a lovely time...and Tommy and I (and Isabella, too) enjoyed celebrating with family and friends.

DIY Jones soda labels

I cheaped out on the Jones Soda personalized labels from the company ($50 for a 12 pack) but really wanted them for the party so I spent an entire evening creating my own labels. They turned out cute and ended up being more personalized than the ones they offer (because of the information on the back)...the only drawback is that you can't put these in a bucket of ice like you could the ones from the company as these do not have the waterproof laminate like theirs do. We put some in the fridge and some just sat out. Jones is a tasty soda, we think!

Party favors...I saved all of her baby food jars (stage 2) and we painted the lids and filled them with tiny snickerdoodles (that mom and I stayed up until 2am baking the night before the party). The only had to eat them within a day or two or they ended up taking on a wee bit of the paint flavor of the lid. Who "saves" cookies anyway? We topped them off with some ribbon and a tag to match her party colors.

What party is complete without your BFF and your cousin? This is the ride-on toy that Chase got for Isabella (that he fully intended on taking back after the party.) He kept his eyes on it at all times!

It has a horn that she's pretty fond of! We've worn a path around the kitchen and living room...but, just like her mommy, she can barely enjoy the ride because she's too busy looking behind her to make sure one of us is still there with her, pushing. She's not much on hanging out alone. I don't know wheeeeeere she gets it?!

So much celebrating makes one veeeeery tired!

Grammy and Papa got her a baby doll carriage which was a big hit!
Getting some birthday love from her two biggest fans...

The PB chair from my parents made a perfect "throne" on which to open all the surprises!

Cake...sliced and ready to eat!

Digging in to her little smash cake (again, we're going backward...starting with the clean up pictures)

Wondering if she was seriously allowed to make a mess with the cake...looking for some reassurance.


Playing with daddy and uncle Chris.

Two of her birthday pictures...and then a picture of her the day she came home from the hospital. 5 pounds, 5 ounces... it makes me cry each time I look at it.

Some appetizers...

A nacho bar and Cincinnati Chili...two of our faves.

before the madness

Her cake was exactly what I hoped it would be...beautiful and delicious! It was made by my very talented and sweet friend Amanda. She needs to go into business, don't you think.

And that is all for now. The birthday girl is napping at the moment and when she wakes she will have some lunch (she has graduated to whole milk now!) and then we are going to try to head out to do some Christmas shopping. I am looking forward to time off work and visiting with family over this extended weekend.


Anonymous said...

Hi I found your site while looking for Jones label alternatives. Would you consider making them for others? I am interested in buying them from you for our wedding and for a shower I am hosting. They look so close to the actual Jones label and I like that the back can be personalized too. Please let me know. Thanks you!
Katie Riggs

Meg Palmer said...

My goodness! What a party! Isabella is beautiful! Love all of the decor! Between you and Casey I feel pretty much hopeless when it comes to creativity! Who else could make those Jones labels, the cookies in baby food jars with the personalized tags and everything else? Oh I feel so sorry for my children.....if I ever have any? They are going to be like, what's up with the sheet cake from wal-mart w/out my name on it? Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Adventures of Maverick & the Mrs. said...

You are SO FANTASTIC! What a beautiful party! And are you telling me that your cake friend DOESN'T have a business?!?! Holy moly, she's good! So glad it was a great 1st birthday party!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful party and so creative and crafty! To all who read this blog and love the Soda labels: I saw them this week and they are beautiful and look 100% authentic!

It was so good to see you, Tommy and Isabella this week. Thank you for making the effort; I know it wasn't easy! Isabella is so sweet and just as cute in person as she is in all of you wonderful pictures. I can't wait to put up the pictures of all of us together!!

The picture of Isabella in her carseat when she was first born is amazing. I wanted to cry looking at it. It's just so quick, isn't it? Breaks my heart...

Love ya.

Anonymous said...

We had a blast! Always a good party at the Floyd's! We'll be hosting our 1st birthday bash soon---very hard for me to believe. You might just see some of your ideas recycled! Who me?

Casey Wallace said...

Great job on the party, guys! Wish we lived closer so we could have helped celebrate. The decor and details look amazing, Sara. I expected nothing less!

Anonymous said...

didnt know you made these! I'm ordering these from you for asap!

SAS said...

What an adorable party! You really know how to throw one! She is just precious!

Sweetpeas and Snapdragons said...

Looks like such a fun party for a special little girl. Thanks for sharing your special day!

Amy said...

Sara: WOW..I do love a good party! Those labels..and that cake. Yes..your friend needs to get cracking on her business asap.

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

aww!! so sweet!! what a little cutie you have!! looks like it was a fun party!! I hope you have a really fabulous day!!! xoxo!! Britt :-)

Melissa said...

Cincinnati Chili!!! Yeah!! Are you from Cincinnati?

You did a beautiful job!! Gorgeous!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

I love all the personalized stuff that you did for your daughter's party! Oh, and she's too gorgeous herself!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

I love all the personalized stuff that you did for your daughter's party! Oh, and she's too gorgeous herself!