Sunday, May 20, 2012

laney's bday...part 2

warning: this post is alternately titled "the one with all the pictures"

we had laney's party on saturday, may 12th (the day after her first bday) at my mom and dad's house. our house is not very conducive to lots of parking (or people) so my parents were gracious enough to offer up their house (thanks mom and dad!!)

laney's nursery is decorated with lots of sweet little lovebirds and since her surgery at five months, we've sort of had a recurring bird theme throughout her first year. The Lord has reminded me over and over to trust that if He cares for the birds of the air then surely he will take care of us! so, to me -  it was an obvious choice to have a little birdie party for our precious laylay as a reminder of how the Lord has protected her and blessed us throughout this past year.

i used her bedding as inspiration:

and her sweet little birthday outfit:
the invite we sent out to our family and friends. (minus the blocked out address) 
{we decided to keep the guest list small since laney is not exactly a social butterfly these days. i didn't want to completely overwhelm her.}

ashley from great grabbie designs designed all of the paper and printables for laney's party. not only is she amazingly talented, but she is so sweet to work with, too! with some elements i was 100% sure of what i wanted and sent her every last detail and others i gave her free reign. both turned out exactly as i had imagined! thank you so much, ashley!!!
make sure to check out her site for all of your printables, invites, stationery, and even blog design!! :)

and now on to the most important part....
the food! :) 
since the party was in the morning, we had a few breakfast-y items and snacks.
*birds in a blanket (aka...chicken minis) 
(you can't have a party without chick-fil-a!)
*worms (gummy worms)
*bird seed (chex mix and marshmallows)
*fruit flappers (fruit on skewers)
*nest eggs (chocolate covered donuts with a donut hole on top)
*sweet tweets (cupcakes!)

the cupcakes and favor table:
the precious egg cartons are from shop sweet lulu (love!!) and i filled them with "bird's nests" and little birdies (peeps).

and we can't forget the "bird bath" :)
we had water, punch, and juice for the kiddos
we also had bird feeders for the guests to take. they were super easy to make (just a little flour, water, gelatin, bird seeds and a heart shaped cookie cutter). i hung them by the door with this little poem:

one of my favorite things was the "guest book."  We had a canvas out for all the guests to make a thumbprint on and sign their name. i went back and added the details after the party. i still have to finish it up, but here's a sneak peek:

guests could also write a note to laney:

the mantle was decorated with "bird's nests" (i used wreaths and just laid them flat) filled with eggs (polka dot balloons). i also had all of laney's monthly pictures across the mantle and a few of our favorite bible verses. i didn't get a picture of the whole thing, but i'm hoping my dad did (*hint*!) i didn't get a picture of her birthday banner either, so if you have one of those, send it my way! :)

hope you enjoyed looking at some of her birthday decor...
next up, THE BIRTHDAY GIRL and her friends! :)

invites, printables, and more: great grabbie designs
egg cartons and straws: shop sweet lulu
bird feeder recipe: found here
punch recipe: found here 
birthday outfit: smocked by stellybelly (on facebook)
pictures: 375 photography

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