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Jenn’s 1st Birthday Party 1980


 
 
 
 
 
 

(a.k.a. Happy Birthday to me!)
 

After just having Adaline’s first birthday party last month and with my 31st birthday coming up the end of September, I thought that I’d share photos from my first birthday party.

I don’t remember it, well, because I was only 1!  It appears as though my mom did a woodland creatures theme.  The raccoon and squirrel on the paper products are so adorable.  The little cottage cake was my mom’s first attempt at cake decorating she tells me.  By the way…she was only a month away from delivering my sister in these pictures!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cottage Cake for Jenn’s 1st Birthday

 

The Birthday Girl

 

 

 

That’s my aunt hiding in the background behind my mom. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


That’s all of the photos that I have.  If any family out there has more pictures from my first birthday party, please send them!

If you haven’t already, head over to Adaline’s first birthday party post and take a look!
 


You can take a look at my other Birthdays by following the links on this page

Be sure to stop back tomorrow and check out my 2nd Birthday!

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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A “Puzzling” Birthday Tradition


I love puzzles.  Building puzzles is something that my mom and I have always loved to do together.  When I saw that ArtsCow.com was offering 200 piece photo puzzles for $9.99 shipped…I knew I had to get one made for Adaline’s birthday.  I chose the following photo from her birthday party.

 

I received the puzzle in the mail a few days ago.  I decided to build it to make sure all of the pieces were there.  Here’s the final result.

 

Yay, all the pieces were there!  I think this is something that I’d like to do for birthdays every year (and maybe Christmas too!).  (Once they’re old enough) during the month leading up to the child’s birthday they can build their different birthday puzzles.  Hopefully they’ll enjoy building puzzles with their mommy as much as I did!  If not, I guess my mom and I will just build them anyway in honor of the birthday kid.

My only problem with the puzzle was that it didn’t come with a box.  I didn’t know that.  It didn’t say anything about a box, but I just assumed (my first mistake).  It didn’t even come in a box, it was shipped in a bag.  And the bag isn’t even a resealable one 😦  

 

Right now I’m keeping it in a zippered plastic bag.  I’m wondering if I should try to find/make a box to resemble a puzzle box or just do a plastic container with a copy of the photo on it.  Any suggestions?

If you are intrigued with how I was able to solve this mind-boggling 200 piece puzzle you might want to check out Pointless Tutorials: How to build a jigsaw puzzle so that you too can become a puzzle building mastermind like myself.

Good day to you.

P.S.  I’m sorry to tell you that the $9.99 shipped deal for the puzzles is over now.  They always have something going on sale, so if you’re interested sign up for their emails.

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Balloon Wreath Tutorial and Links Post
Ladybug Picnic Centerpiece Tutorial
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(I’ll be creating a separate post that contains all of the info and links for the supplies from this party. In the meantime if you want to know where I got something just ask in the comments.)

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Adaline’s 1st Birthday Party – Pink and Green Polka Dots and Cupcakes


Polka Dots and Cupcakes 1st Birthday Party

Here are some photos of Adaline’s first birthday party that we had on Saturday August 7, 2010. The theme was polka dots and cupcakes to match her dress. The colors were pink, green, and white. Unfortunately I don’t have a great camera so the pictures aren’t as nice as I’d like. Hopefully the details show through despite my poor photography equipment!

The Birthday Girl!

I made the number one sign out of an artist’s canvas covered in a pillow case with tissue paper hot glued to it. I saw the link on Polka Dot Market’s Facebook Page. This DIY Tissue Number Sign was featured on www.prudentbaby.com!
(DIY Tissue Number Sign Mini-Tutorial)

I found the Bonnie Jean dress at Burlington Coat Factory when Adaline was only 3 months old. I thought it would be perfect as her first birthday dress, so I bought it right then!

This sign was made by a close friend of the family who also came to the party to help take photos and videos. The sign fit at the front of our house perfectly…and she didn’t even do it on purpose! Thanks Sara!


The front of our house on party day (Boo, car!)


The super cute Happy Birthday banner is from Polka Dot Market Coupled with the dress this banner gave me the inspiration for the whole party theme and color scheme.

Happy Birthday Banner from Polka Dot Market


There wasn’t enough room inside our house for all of the guests so we rented a tent for the backyard. Inside the tent we hung tulle and hung balloons upside down. We added white linens on the tables and chairs and tied tulle around the chairs.

All of the paper products were purchased at The Hobby Lobby. I got the green tumblers and “margarita” glasses at Wal-Mart back in April. Everything that I used for the Ribbon Topiaries was purchased at The Hobby Lobby. (Ribbon Topiary Video Tutorial)

I glued Adaline’s photos to paper plates and taped them around the doorway in hopes that it would look like polka dots (does it?) I hoped to do this around all of the doorways including the outside but I ran out of time.

I found the foam glitter letters at Michael’s. The white shelves holding Adaline’s photo display is usually in our upstairs bathroom. I used it to show pictures of her smashing cake, her 9 month photo, 6 month photo, 3 week photo, and one of the first photos of her right after she was born. The green tablecloth was from Wal-Mart. It’s actually a rectangle cloth on a square table that had to be strategically folded to fit properly. I certainly would never use a tablecloth right out of the package without steaming it first…nope, not me 😉

That’s the same number one sign from the first picture. I found the cupcake pedestals at The Hobby Lobby. The tiered cupcake/cake stand is from Save-on-crafts.com, we added some ribbon from The Hobby Lobby.

My mom made and decorated the main cake and all of the cupcakes. Although she’s been decorating with butter cream for 30 years, this was her first time using fondant. I think she did a great job! We got the idea for the cake from Wilton.com.

I decorated Adaline’s smash cake. This was my first time ever decorating a cake, you can see the gaps…whoops! My mom is great at cake decorating and always made fancy birthday cakes for us when we were kids. I’d like to do the same for my kids but since I have no idea what I’m doing I asked her to make the main cake and I made the smash cake. That is butter cream icing but the polka dots are fondant. I found the polka dot number one candle at a local party shop where I also got the cupcake wrappers. The wrappers were originally pink with white polka dots, but the chocolate cupcakes made they polka dots appear brown!

Adaline’s photo timeline August 2009 to August 2010

This photo timeline of Adaline was set up in our living room. Aside from the photo displays I didn’t decorate the living room because I couldn’t bring myself to put pink and lime green in our yellow and blue room. I thought it clashed too much…call me weird. I was going to make a blue and yellow happy birthday banner amongst other things but I never had the time to get around to it. There are 13 photos of Adaline displayed, one photo a month from August 2009 to August 2010. I got the photo frames at Target. They were in the dollar spot, but they were $2.50 for a pack of 3. The black “Adaline” letters are usually on a shelf in her bedroom, they’re from The Hobby Lobby.


Oh, yes ma’am, those are pink and green number one shaped ice cubes…how nice of you to notice! We had pink lemonade too, of course, but it was all gone before I had a chance to take this picture 😦
Below is Adaline digging into her smash cake. It was a banana flavored cake tinted pink (even though it looks red in the pictures).





Happy Family

Our happy family (with a very tired baby) at the “photo booth” after a long and exhausting, but totally awesome party!

Adaline and Mommy

The DIY Tissue Number Sign that I made for Adaline’s 1st Birthday was featured on www.prudentbaby.com!

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*Tissue Number Birthday Sign (Mini-Tutorial)

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*Birthday Girl…2 years old: Photos of Adaline at her birthday party
*Ladybug Picnic: 2nd Birthday

*Ham and Man Party: 30th Birthday

*Celebrating 30 years in 30 days! All of my birthdays from 1980-2009

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*Birthday Traditions: Personalized Birthday CD
*Birthday Traditions: Knife and Cake Server
*Birthday Traditions: Professional Photos
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*Happy 2nd Birthday, Adaline!

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First Birthday Party Pics coming soon


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2010-08-07 Adaline's First Birthday Party

On Saturday we had our daughter’s first birthday party.  I can’t wait to show you all of the pictures.  I found her dress at Burlington Coat Factory when she was only three months old and I knew that it would be perfect for her birthday.  I based the whole theme of the party around the dress.  The theme was cupcakes and polka dots and the colors were shades of pink, lime green, and white.  This was a family party consisting of around 20 adults.  There were no other children at the party except for my two month old nephew, so I didn’t have to plan any games or entertainment.

I hope to get the photos up soon.  First I have to go through them all (there are over 500!), then I need to edit some of them, and then I need to figure out how to add a photo to this new-fangled blog hickey-ma-doo.  Hopefully I can get that all worked out before her second birthday 😉 !

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