It took me a little while to decide what theme I wanted to have. I'm not a "pink" fan and most girl birthday decor is pink. I'm also not really into princess themes and Lyra is too young to be attached to any kind of character, so I decided to just keep her theme from her bedroom...purple elephants. Next year she will be able to decide what she wants.
I was trying to avoid having the party at our house because we had just moved in less than two months ago and I wasn't sure if I was going to have the house looking decent enough to host a party, but my "nesting mode" kicked in and I was able to get it done. I also wasn't sure how I would feel about handling the stress of hosting a party with so many people. I typically stress over keeping the house clean when just a few people are over so I knew I would have to allow my house to be a little dirty until after the party. lol. I had never hosted a large party before, so I was nervous about that. There were definitely hectic moments once everyone arrived, but it was great to see everyone. I wish I had had time to chat more with everyone, but I guess that's to be expected when you're trying to keep your one year old entertained and happy and keep the party moving in a timely manner.
Next year, we will definitely have Lyra's party somewhere other than the house, so there is less work on my part. I will have another 1st birthday to plan for and host at the house a few months after, so that will be more than enough.
|Stayed up late the night before making cupcakes FROM SCRATCH!|
|I made the cupcake toppers!|
|The banner I made|
|The high chair skirt I made from tulle|
|I was very proud of these cupcakes and they tasted really good too!|
|The set-up...Wish I had better lighting to see this pic better|
|A little closer look|
|I made this sign and hung it on the front door|
|Valentine roses Aaron gave me made for good table decor, along with the crafts I made|
|Having a snack|
|Time to open presents!|
|She was SO excited about Minnie!|
|She never went all in...was very clean about it! lol|
|Playing with her buddy Teddy|
|Loves to pick the flowers outside|
|Finally crashed for a nap!|