Last month, Addie turned one and we had a big birthday party with family and nurse friends. I was so thrilled that our NICU/ PICU girl that had spent 10 months in the hospital, would be able to have her birthday at home. It was a dream come true and a HUGE answer to prayer. The Lord blessed us with Addie’s health so she could be home for her birthday, and I am ever so grateful. To get ready for her birthday party, we had a beautiful lemonade themed 1st birthday photo shoot for her birthday invitations. The lemonade birthday party theme was perfect because life has really given us lemons, and we are truly making lemonade out of it.
Although I didn’t get to have many pictures from the actual party (because I had a fussy Addie and there were about 50 people in our house) other than the ones we were tagged in on Facebook, I made sure to take some pre-party photos and wanted to share them with you all. I planned the party all by myself (as Mathew was in the process of quitting his job and starting a new one) and just had a little help from family executing what I wanted the day of the party. I am really proud with the little details and how perfect everything turned out.
For the front door, I wanted something fun and different. Guests were greeted along the sidewalk by balloons and pretty lemonade signs, but I wanted the door to reflect Addie’s journey from the past year. Each month I took a picture of Addie with some fun stickers and so I printed them, made tassels from tissue paper, used colorful bakers twine, and miniature clothespins to hang them on the door. Our guests told me they really loved seeing how Addie had grown over the past year, and it made me happy that it turned out so well!
I had this chalkboard from my pregnancy where I attempted to track how big Addie was with different fruit sizes with my Baby Bump Monday posts. I wanted to do them weekly, but I was always so tired! I repurposed it for Addie’s birthday, added some cute props, hand sanitizer (for Addie’s health reasons), and a Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink book for guests to sign as they entered the house. The Pinkalicious book was PERFECT and totally seems like how Addie is going to be when she is old enough to truly use her lemonade stand.
Many of our readers sent Addie birthday cards prior to her actual birthday party. I asked everyone to mail birthday wishes to Addie so we could display the cards for her birthday, and I ended up using metal rings and a double hole punch to turn the cards into little books! I still don’t know how many cards we got because a month later, we’re still getting late cards in the mail! Hopefully I can give a final count soon, but it was well over 100 cards. We loved reading each and every card that everyone sent to Addie. We spent many nights in her nursery just sitting with her, showing her the pictures that kids had colored for her, and read the sweet words of encouragement that everyone sent. Some letters made us cry, some made us laugh, and others had us just smiling. It truly was amazing to see that people all over the world were sending their love to our baby girl.
For the party, we made pink and yellow lemonade and had mason jar wine glasses with pink and yellow daisy lids and as the party favor. Our party was really for adults because Addie can’t be exposed to too many children (due to their ability to have so many germs), so this was a fun way to give everyone a little something. A HUGE thanks to Mathew’s cousin Kevin and his wife, Alicia, for giving these to us to give away!
Addie’s lemonade birthday cake and lemonade smash cake were my favorite things from the party. We got the cake done in a town called West, and the baker/decorator did an AMAZING job. It seriously looks better than I even dreamed, and I’m so thankful we hired this lady to do it (and for my mother-in-law who graciously paid for it!) It was not only gorgeous but it was incredibly moist and delicious. I feel like sometimes you either get a beautiful cake that doesn’t taste very good, or vise versa, but this cake took the cake! Ha! I’ll have another post up soon with pictures from the actual birthday party, and Addie’s face while she is smashing her lemonade cake is priceless! I can’t wait to show you all.
The high chair was decorated with more bakers twine and tassels made from tissue. I actually used a Martha Stewart fringe cutter to make the process go faster and have even tassel cuts. We also had this fabulous little lemonade crown custom made for Addie from Deluna Handmade on Instagram. It didn’t quite have the same shades of yellow and pink as her birthday dress, so we made sure to keep it off to the side for cake smashing time. I figured she was going to have to take her dress off for the smash cake, so the crown would be a cute little touch for her to wear during that time. She also had a pretty necklace that her nurse let her borrow for smash cake time as well. It was the finishing touch!
Right before the party, Addie took a nap. Heck, she pretty much slept/fussed through the entire birthday party because I think having 50 people in the house was too much for her to handle. I had this precious lemonade dress made by my friend Kristin and my mother in law bought this matching headband at a local shop here in Waco. Addie also had a bracelet from our friends at Shop Kendall that had pink and yellow beads with a little lemon hanging off. I wore my matching bracelet that day and it was a great addition to our outfits!
So there you have it! A few of the wonderful personal touches from Addie’s cutest lemonade first birthday party! I can’t wait to show y’all some of my favorite pictures from the party once it began, and I hope you loved the little details as much as I did. This birthday party was a huge labor of love and I was so thankful that Addie was home from the hospital to enjoy it.