Tuesday, November 18, 2014

celebrating a FIRST birthday

On November 2nd we celebrated Charlotte's first birthday.  It was so nice to have her party on her birthday.  Luckily, Derek got off of work and we were surrounded by friends and family to help birthday-girl party!

As all moms know, planning around nap times is essential in order to avoid melt downs during the party.  We thought a 3:30 party would be great with Charlie's schedule.  However, I was at a loss of what to do with the food.  After doing some searching on Pinterest, I came across a "popcorn bar."  I thought it would be perfect!

I was going to do a general fall theme but then the idea of a "Charlotte's Web" party sounded too perfect.  I had to do it before she was old enough to tell me that it was too cheesy ;)  I worked with Courtney to help come up with the invitation.  I sent her some inspiration which is essentially a rustic theme with a touch of Charlotte's Web.  Well, she blew me away her ideas!  I also had her design the popcorn bar signs and details.  Highly, highly, highly (!) recommend her.

Anyway, let's get to some pictures!

The favors were a used copy of Charlotte's Web.  The detail on the outside can be used as a bookmark.

These are the seasonings for the popcorn bar.

The chalkboard sign I created for our chalkboard...took me forever!  However, I have a template so let me know if anybody needs one :)

I did a collage of her smash cake photos done by the talented Jax

Popcorn Bar

Thanks to Anne for suggesting a cookbook for vegan cupcakes...they were so delicious and a huge hit at the party!

Mix-ins for the popcorn

This was Charlie's "look" all day, ha!  She was quite overwhelmed by all the people.

Charlie hanging out with all the guests including one her size...little Hendrik 

I could not stop smiling after the party...it was just so wonderful to have so many friends and family at our house celebrating our daughter's first birthday.  It's one thing when you have people supporting you, but it is completely another when they are there for your child.  We loved every second and could not thank everybody enough.

As far as our little girl, she's grown up so fast.  Remember this tiny thing?

We are so thankful that she is our daughter and couldn't have asked for anything more.  Happy birthday sweet girl :)


Faith said...

What a creative theme, love it! Great details, you did such a great job! I just might have to steal it for the future ;)

Happy birthday Charlie!

Becky said...

What a fun idea!!! I would be all over those seasonings!! :) What a beautiful little girl!! :)

Anne said...

Loved it all! The popcorn bar was so yummy (I might be stealing this idea for the future!), as were the cupcakes. Still so impressed with how cute the invites/decor turned out, and I forgot to tell you how much I loved discovering that it was a vintage/used copy of the book when I got home. So glad we could come celebrate Miss Charlie with you - Hendrik had a great time!

Lauren Nicole said...

What an amazing party idea, love all the decor you created!!!!

Courtney said...

I love that idea for a first birthday. And you definitely couldn't beat the theme =)

Leah @ Everyday Love said...

I cannot believe Charlie is already one! I feel like it was just yesterday, I was secretly sending things with her name your way. You did a wonderful job with the party, love the theme and all of the little details.

Kristen said...

Oh I love the theme! So cute!! Happy 1st to Charlie!!!

Jordon said...

so freakin cute!!! omg I love it!

Sarah said...

Still can not believe she is 1!!

Ericka said...

What an adorable party! The theme was perfect and all of the decorations and details were so cute.

Pegster said...

Wow, what an awesome party and such beautiful details. I am so proud of you and the hard work you put. The pics just look amazing.

Happy birthday to your little Charlie.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

What a great idea...happy 1 year to you Charlie!!!

Kristin said...

What an amazing party!! LOVE all the details!!