To celebrate Evie's Birthday, we hosted a party down at Graham's parents' house. We invited family and friends. Graham and I neither one are big-time party people who go all out (on decorations, invitations, food, etc.), so we tried to keep things simple.
*Preparation: Because Evie's birthday is so close to Christmas, I knew that we wanted to get an invitation out soon so people could have the date saved. I waited until after Thanksgiving though, knowing that people would be more focused on replying and figuring out their December schedules after Turkey Day. I brainstormed with Graham (aka me bouncing off ideas on him and having him reply with a yes or no), and then made a list of everything that needed to be done, organized by when it needed to be completed (week before, day of, etc.).
*Invite: I sent an invitation out through Evite.com (which let me send a link to Facebook friends, so that was easier than figuring out everyone's emails), and instead of having people bring Evie a birthday gift, I requested food. Which, if you know Evie (or remember back to any of my previous posts), is quite a good gift because the girl loves food!
*Food: I made cupcakes (instead of a cake) and sugar cookies (for decorating), and had guests pitch in to cover the rest of the food items. Her party was at 4 pm, so we didn't need a full meal, just snacks.
*Decorations: All we added were some balloons on the mailbox outside (so people would know they were at the right place), a sign on the door (so people would know they were at the right place), and some party streamers with pictures of Evie attached. During Evie's nap a couple days before the party, I created an "All About Evie" poster as well. We also borrowed "ONE" letters and a "Happy Birthday" banner from Graham's sister.
*Entertainment: I created a slideshow of pictures from Evie's first year and had it playing on repeat on the TV throughout the party. We played Christmas music softly in the background as well. We had a cookie decorating station where guests could decorate their own cookies! We made the sugar cookies that morning and then had various colors of icing and sprinkles on the table for guests to choose from. We had recently ordered Evie's "big girl" car seat and still had the box, so I wrapped it in wrapping paper and created a tunnel for the kiddos.
All in all, I had a fun time planning and executing this party! We had so much help, and that's literally the only reason we had as many things (food, decorations) as we did. We had 22 people there (including us, family, and babies) so it was definitely bigger than I was originally thinking. Most of the food was devoured (and Graham took the leftover cupcakes to work with him the following day, which the nurses loved!), so we planned for the perfect amount.
My mom was in town which was perfect because it meant I didn't have to remember to take pictures during the party. Evie loved her cupcake, although she was shy about it at first with everyone watching her.
This girl is a champ at opening presents and is ready to open more on Christmas! She got lots of books, a stuffed animal, a headband, and a fun little bike! She isn't quite tall enough for it yet, but she loves using it as a walker or being pushed on it.
Now, for a trip down memory lane with pictures of Evie :) Enjoy! (Want to reminisce with me back to those newborn pictures? Check out this post!)
Anyone have plans for Christmas? We will be going to New Mexico with Graham's side of the family to go skiing! I'm excited as I've never been skiing before. Plus, it is always great to spend time with family that you don't get to see often!
My scripture for this week is Proverbs 31:26: "She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness."
Graham's scripture for this week is Words of Mormon 1:7: "And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me, according to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in me. And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all things which are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his will."