Loralai’s First Birthday Party

This past Sunday, we held Loralai’s 1st birthday party (a week late because of JD’s work schedule… thanks again, police schedule).

I wanted the party to be casual and low-key, just a gathering of good friends and family to celebrate our little one’s first year.  I found some ideas on Pinterest, and went to work creating a few simple decorations.

I’m in love with this adorable, personalized bunting I made.


The pictures were such a simple way to add pops of color and birthday cheer to the house and highlight favorite moments from her first year.  Plus, they were so easy to make.


I also really liked the idea of putting out a book and having all of the guests sign it as a keepsake for her to look back on one day.


I did light snacks and appetizers for food, and focused on making things as easy as possible (especially since I knew we’d be busy with JD’s fight the night before).  I made some meatballs in the crock pot and put out veggies and dip, fruit, chips and the beloved Brie Cheese Appetizer I ordered the cake from our local Harris Teeter, who will do a free matching smash cake for 1st birthday parties, and I think the cake turned out really cute.


Of course, L was the main event.  I thought about making a tutu for her, but I found one on sale and decided to save myself the hassle.  Personally, I think she looks festive and adorable.


She put on quite a show with the cake (good thing we took off her cute outfit first)!  At first, she started eating the frosting quite daintily, but eventually she really dug in.  When she realized she could make everyone laugh by flinging cake everywhere, well, that’s when the fun really started.

L and the cake



Overall, I’m really happy with the way things turned out.  It was the laid-back party full of friends, family, and love I’d envisioned.

Love, and plenty of adorableness.


Happy 1 year, Loralai!

DSC_0470_2In case anyone was wondering, JD had a black eye from the fight… I edited it out though 🙂