Friday, June 1, 2012

Ella Grace's 1st Birthday Party!

We had a wonderful time with our family and friends who joined us to celebrate Ella Grace's first year here with us! I was so happy and thankful they ALL took time out of their lives to celebrate with us : ) EG has so many wonderful people in her life who love her so very much. She is SO blessed! The party was at our home in the backyard. We thought that would be best for her and since we a large age range of children who attended the party, it was hard to pick somewhere away from home that would be good for everyone. I think everyone had a great time though. Mikey grilled out hamburgers and hotdogs and we had all kinds of sweet treats : )

I did not get nearly as many pictures as I would have liked to : ( One suggestion to all you Mommies, if you haven't done birthday parties yet... and if you can afford it, hire a photographer! Actually, it doesn't have to be a professional, maybe just a family member who would be willing to snap away for you. It was just impossible to be part of the fun, be a good hostess, and take pictures all at the same time. And unfortunately I came away with not even ONE picture of me and my baby girl OR a family picture of us on her 1st birthday : ( However, I did get some cute ones. Warning here: This is going to be LOTS of pictures...


The Decor
















The "Smash" Cake




The Favors


The picture on the left was taken the day Ella Grace was born, the picture on the right was the morning she officially turned 1!

The Birthday Girl's Chair



Okay. I think EG might have enjoyed this punch more than her cake! I never let her have much of anything sweet (she is deprived, I know...) so when her Daddy let her have some punch she was ALL about it!!!









"The heck with this straw business, I'm going in!"



Time for Cake!



Her first taste, testing it out...


A bigger taste test...


"Yeap, I think I can handle this!" Ha!










"Ah, this is the life..."




I'm guessing she approved since she started clapping after eating her cake : )


I decided to go ahead and break this up in to 2 posts since I had so many pictures. The next post will be mostly pictures with the family, friends and all the fun! 

Happy JUNE to everyone!!! Have a great weekend!!!