Guess How Much We Love Lavery :: 1st Birthday

Posted on Jul 5 2012 - 8:48pm by Kelley
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Yesterday, Lavery turned 1! We celebrated with friends and we had a great day (despite the party being held outdoors in 100+ degree heat!) We decided to share the party with some friends, because two of Lavery’s buddies share the same birthday and another a week later. To accommodate both a girl and a boy party, we went with a picnic theme and then chose a different book to represent each baby (although the two boys shared the same book.)

Overall, it turned out great even with the insane heat wave hitting our area right now! Who would have expected the weather to be over 100 degrees right now in NC!?

In the end, all of the babies had a great time and all of our guests did too, and that’s really all that counts!

I am so in love with her invitations! I came across The Opened Envelope and found they had a “Guess How Much I Love You” baby shower themed invitation, so I e-mailed to see if they come up with a birthday invite. Right away they responded with an option, and I told them what I wanted to switch up and they came up with this. It’s perfect!


We all took to Pinterest for inspiration on our themes and to pull them together with a picnic!

My original inspiration for “Guess How Much I Love You” came from this blog, Pizzazzerie. The theme of her son’s party was “Guess How Much I love Two” for a second birthday. We went with “Guess How Much We Love Lavery.”

Landyn’s favorite book was “Guess How Much I Love You” and we read it all the time with both kids. I was so excited to give this a theme a girly twist!

The way the party worked with four babies was actually kind of cute and creative if I do say so myself! We had an overall picnic theme with the overall decor and we had food for all of the guests, then each baby’s book had a theme table with theme snacks and decor.

“Guess How Much We Love Lavery”

For her table, I put the hubby to work to build the backdrop to look like a fence. To go with the “girly twist” I laid down a pink tablecloth and set some fake green grass on top. I was able to borrow some photo prop tree stumps and I used the bigger one to set a pitcher with sweet tea on and a smaller one at the cake table.

I put together a sweet nine month shot of Lavery and added “Guess How Much We Love Lavery” onto the theme and put together a birthday banner to hang on the backdrop with a photo from every month of her first year.

For food, I stuck with the “nature” theme and put together a spinach dip and veggie spread and then I filled a flower pot with organic cheddar bunnies for the kids.

For favors, I planted some carrots in mini flower pots and stuck a flower label in the dirt that read “Thank you for watching me grow. Love, Lavery” with a bible verse.

Her smash cake was made by our favorite bakery who has always done our special occasion cakes ever since our wedding, Nona’s Sweets in Charlotte, NC. They put the image from her invitation right on and I love how it turned out! Simple and sweet.

Each baby had their own theme smash cake and the overall cake made by local mama was picnic themed with an element from each book. I love how it all turned out, it couldn’t have been more perfect!

In the background, you can get a little peek at the adorable smash cake photo of lal the babies taken a few weeks before by FireWife Photography!

Lavery’s Outfit

I have absolutely loved having a girl to play dress up with! I searched Etsy for weeks to find the perfect outfit. Because, our theme isn’t an easy theme for birthday’s, I came across this awesome shop Rebekah Crisco on Etsy. I e-mailed her to see what she could come up with and she hand-painted the most perfect onesie personalized with her name.

Her hairclip was made by Perfectly Perrywinkle. I love everything she does and I showed her a picture of Lavery’s shirt and she made the perfect headband to match!

I finished it off with a hot pink tutu and some barefoot sandals to match! Here is my big 1st birthday girl all decked out in her adorable 1st birthday ensemble!

Her custom birthday hat (shown below) was designed by Dickens Designs.

Overall, everyone had a great time and we are so blessed to have some really special friends to celebrate with! Lavery had a great time and we are so excited to see how much she grows this next year!

We love you baby girl!!!

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