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Matthew’s 1st Birthday

July 25, 2011 in baby, cookies, cupcakes, life, misc., musings - 9 Comments - 2 min read

We’ve been anticipating this day for some time, and now it’s gone.  My baby is moving from an infant into a toddler.  And while I’m excited about it, it does make me a little sad.  Pretty soon he’ll be going to school, and before you know it, he’ll be off and gone to college.  And we certainly won’t be able to put him in a dump truck and ride him around the living room.

And he’s going to need his first haircut, as mullets just aren’t in fashion anymore.  I am going to miss that little mohawk though!  As promised, I said I’d show you pictures of his birthday party. Matthew’s nursery is jungle-themed, so I found these really cute printable safari-themed birthday invitations on Etsy.  So adorable!  Everything coordinated.  We had a small gathering of family and friends at a park near our house.  The weather was perfect and the company couldn’t have been better.  Here are the sugar cookies I made for favors that matched the invitations.  The tiger:

The lion:

The giraffe:

All three of them together:

And all 18, drying:

Since they were party favors, I put each one in a cello bag with a thank you card.  Oh the cuteness is killing me!

We had our birthday party at the park near our house.  We invited our family and close friends to help us celebrate.  Here’s the display table with all the food.  It was a little breezy Saturday, so if you look closely, you can see a napkin covering the lettuce and a package of napkins on top of the plates so the wouldn’t blow away.  (I should have fixed that for the picture, but apparently, I forgot.  Oh well, such as life.  Thanks to Katie and Cody for putting the happy birthday banner together!  It looks so good.)

(I apparently removed the napkins for this close-up though.  Go figure.)

There’s my little lion.  Hi cutie!  I was originally going to place him on top of a cupcake to give to the birthday boy, but it was quite heavy, and I was afraid it’d sink into the buttercream frosting.

My good friend Carri-Anne helping me swing Matthew.  Swinging is one of his favorite things to do.

And lastly, here he is eating his first cupcake.  His first birthday cupcake, with the help of Grandpa.  (They’re matching.  I just noticed that–how funny!)

Putting this party together was a lot of work, (thanks to my hubby for helping me with many of the details, especially manning the grill!), but children have a way of doing that to you.  But it’s totally worth it. Thanks also to our family and close friends for helping us celebrate this milestone.  It would not have been the same without you! Much love, xoxo


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  • cookingwithelise August 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, those favors were just beautiful! I could feel the love that went into every detail of Matthew’s first birthday party. You are very talented. Loved it so much I told everyone on my Cooking with Elise fb page! Please stop by and visit…I love company!

  • Noelle July 26, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Love the pictures. The giraffe cookie is my favorite (and Ron’s too). You did a great job! Wish we could have been there!!!

  • Katie July 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Wow! This is really awesome, Holly. You should send this into a magazine or something… :) I wish…we wish…we could have been there. He’s so adorable. I really can’t believe he’s already one! Yikes. Snail mail coming your way…I had to take the wrapping out cause it wouldn’t fit…hehe… I try to jam as much as possible into a flate rate! :) Miss you guys…so much!

  • Aunt Ruth July 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Your party favors were adorable, Holly!!! Happy Birthday to Matthew!! Grandpa looks like he’s hoping Matthew won’t eat that whole cupcake! ha!

  • Jennifer Tarleton July 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Happy birthday to sweet, Matthew! It looks like it was a wonderful party :)

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