Since chapels birthday fell right next to Thanksgiving and her birthday party was the week of Thanksgiving I knew I wanted it to be fall-ish but I didnt want it to be a "Thanksgiving party."
I wanted it to be all about being thankful.. just not about turkey ;) So I tried to go with that. I just used the thanksgiving/fal decorations we already had around the house. I also wanted it to be girly though too... so lets just call this Chapels apple, fall, thankful, pink, gold, glittery, white pumpkin, first birthday party. mmmmkay?
Also, I really really meant it when I said I wanted the party to be about being thankful. I mean obviously a one year old isnt going to remember her birthday party. I still wanted to do it though because we did it for River & Wylder.
But I especially wanted to do it mostly FOR our friends. As a way to say thank you for loving, supporting, encouraging, and praying us through the last year with our 3rd child, during our first year in Cleveland and Freeland's intern year. This last year has been surprisingly full of joy and I know the Lord is to be praised for that. And one of the ways he provided and spurred us on was through the help of our friends.. so I told Freeland a huge part of my heart for doing the party was as a way to do dinner and fellowship and FEAST with our friends to tell them Thank You! And truly to celebrate all the Lord had done!
Can I get an amen?
Moving on, here are some pictures from the party:
(Also, I cant help but mention I wanted to scream because it was a SUPER dark and cloudy day so I didnt get great pictures like I envisioned. The end)
note: I spray painted those leaves gold for something else and didnt use them. But my point is - once I spray painted those (and a picture frame, some mason jars, & some pumpkins) gold ... I basically wanted to spray paint ALL THE THINGS gold! Holy. Its addicting.
we pulled this table up from the basement so the kids all had a space to sit and eat. Its stayed up in our living room since. The boys love having it there.
That sign behind the cake (that we never hung up. oops) said "Let our lives be full of both Thanks & Giving" I just wrote it out basically exactly like the Lindsay Letters print - because I didnt have time to order anything .. so I cant take credit. If you like the idea of that you can order her print ;)
also, you should know, probably my most favorite thing of the entire party was her candle. Im not kidding. (well, its a tie between the candle and the 'one' sign on her highchair. I guess I love me some glitter all the sudden) I just sparkled the same candle we used for River & Wylder with Martha Stewarts glitter. But that glitter is so stinkin gorgeous that it easily became my favorite part!
(ps: GLITTER ALL THE THINGS!)
Apple Pie from Simply Delicious Pies (per usual!)
PS: Their caramel apple pie is probably my favorite.. since you asked. And River now associates all pie with it being an apple pie. Smart kid.
we put out a Thankful Tree for everyone to write what they are thankful for too. I love it.
note: these caramel apples didnt turn out. So it ended up being the biggest waste of time. But I guess you cant truly mess up a caramel apple. It just became a suuuuper messy gift for people to enjoy. (the caramel didnt harden. My bad. It wasnt until my last batch that they turned out)
I did make these little coloring books (that I printed for free from online) for the kids to take home too.
We did BBQ brisket sandwiches, fall salad with a maple balsamic dressing, rotel cups, toffee apple dip, macaroni and cheese, pizza dip, and my most favorite ever sweet & salty chex mix.. also known as crack.. I wanted to do more. But I resisted the urge and tried to keep it simple. I also tried to not over analyze and critique and change everything. Because thats what I wanted to do. (cough cough.. the pizza dip didnt turn out.. cough)
my mom makes these rotel cups. They go quick. Thats all im sayin. (want the recipe? let me know)
and the best surprise for the kids was half way through the party Mimi and Bapa showed up! This is the first time any of our kids have been able to have a grandparent at their actual party.
Or I guess a better way to say it would be to say - the first time a grandparent has been able to be there to celebrate at one of the kids birthday parties!!!
Since there were older kiddos at the party we did do one little game. The whole doughnut on a string game. It was hilarious to watch.
all the young kiddos got to cheat and hold the doughnut.. but all the older ones had to eat the doughnut without using their hands. First one to finish wins...
Bapa joined in on the game too.
Mateo finally hopped in there and finished it off:
this was my first time ever doing a game at the kids birthday parties. Now that there are older kids around I feel like we should. Basically, what I am saying is .. we will be doing this doughnut game at every kids party going forward.
and after the kids were all sugared up we did cake & pie. Chapel loved the cake:
at first she was super girly about it.. then she dug in:
and brother came to try to help her out:
after cake Chapel opened up her gifts. Our friends spoiled her rotten. And Im happy to share we finally have some girl toys in the house. The boys LOVED all of them too. Especially the tea set. And Wylder wouldnt let go of her Elmo or her dolls for the rest of the week. That boy and his sweet little heart.
After the gifts Chapel crashed. CRASHED.
I forgot to mention the entire day she basically screamed and cried.. which made getting ready for her party super easy or enjoyable. (or not) I later realized she was super sick and I had no idea until we took Wyder to the doctor later the next week. Poor thing. I felt awful. (for her and our poor guests that we prayed didnt get sick) So after all the partying and non-stop fussing (except for when she had cake) she was done. We spent the rest of the night with friends and then the boys got to enjoy my mom & mark being here.
It was a blast and a special day. Im thankful to have a little girl to throw parties for. I originally wanted to do a breakfast party --> and Im determined that I will do one .. (because CHELLO .. easiest party ever) but it didnt work out this time. One day though. One day. I loved celebrating sweet little Chapel and celebrating and remembering all the Lord did this last year! It was an incredibly special celebration for sure. The boys still talk about it too.
Also - Im really thankful for all the bloggers who create free printables. Thats basically what everything from her party was from. What a blessing. I will go back and list the sources because they definitely deserve credit.
PS: anyone curious.. here is Wylders 1st birthday party and here is Rivers 1st birthday party (also here and here)