First birthday parties are interesting as a mom and a blogger. There's a little bit of pressure to make it amazing. I'm fully aware that this pressure is somewhat imagined but it's still there, so thank you Pinterest! Some of you have simply fantastic parties for your babies. And I wanted to, believe me I wanted to! I sometimes wish I was one of those girls, the ones who could do something so fancy and pull it off so beautifully (seriously, Avery's First Birthday Party? GORGEOUS!!!). However I am me and because I am me I "planned" Everly's birthday party in December. And then actually planned it two days before pulling it off. So maybe it's not Pinterest-Perfect but it was definitely Sue-Perfect and that's what I was going for! We did a (sort-of) Bug themed party because her nickname is Baby Bug (or Buggerly) and because I found this cake on Pinterest and wanted to do a whole party around it. Pinterest is where all great ideas are discovered these days, right?
My mom has pictures of me when I was 1 digging in to my cake so I knew we would need to have a cake smash for E at her party too. She loved that frosting but wasn't so interested in the cake part. And once she decided she was done she stuck her foot in the cake, stood up, and walked away trailing frosting and cake chunks behind her. Aaron was a sweetheart and made both the cupcakes and the cup-of-dirts. Shelly put the caterpillar cake together once the cupcakes were ready. My mom was my inspiration for the sugar cookie bar and it was a huge hit! The kids especially loved frosting their cookies and dumping as many toppings as they could fit on one cookie. There was chicken salad, veggies, and chips for the adults. I made a giant batch of the chicken salad but it was devoured anyway!
This day was absolutely wonderful for Everly, Aaron, and me. We were surrounded by people who love us (although we really wished Aaron's parents could have been there!) and we laughed and played and celebrated the birth of the most amazing little girl in the world.