Our Little Dear Is ONE!

Today, I'm so happy to bring you a very special birthday party-- Holiday Jane's very FIRST birthday to be exact!  Her birthday falls at the end of October, so I always like to incorporate a bit of the harvest season into her parties!  The theme for this party was The Woodland Parade.  It was a "real" party-- not a party staged for a blog, or simply for pictures or to sell merchandise (as so many things on Pinterest and Etsy are).  We had 65ish people in our first little home that only consisted of 1800 square feet and a tiny back yard!  

The Invitation

Invitation Front:  Handmade by Mama.  I found this print created by Danita Art and used it as the jumping off point for the party.  I couldn't quite find the right backing paper so I added polka dots to this plan pink cardstock! 

Invitation Front:  Handmade by Mama.  I found this print created by Danita Art and used it as the jumping off point for the party.  I couldn't quite find the right backing paper so I added polka dots to this plan pink cardstock! 

Back of Invitation 

Back of Invitation 

Little Birthday Poem by Mama 

Little Birthday Poem by Mama 

The Living Room Decor from our first house... it also served as our Play Room! 

The Living Room Decor from our first house... it also served as our Play Room! 

I thought my "H" made out of twigs bound by yarn was so cool, but it just didn't make that big of an impact in the room.  I painted the little pumpkins on the mantle including the "1" pumpkin in chalkboard paint! 

I thought my "H" made out of twigs bound by yarn was so cool, but it just didn't make that big of an impact in the room.  I painted the little pumpkins on the mantle including the "1" pumpkin in chalkboard paint! 

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These gable boxes were the kids favors.  So sad that I don't have a picture of the contents.  My sweet friend Becca Caney at Darling Deuce Designs created woodland applique tshirts for each of the children and I included some other woodland themed gifts as well! 

These gable boxes were the kids favors.  So sad that I don't have a picture of the contents.  My sweet friend Becca Caney at Darling Deuce Designs created woodland applique tshirts for each of the children and I included some other woodland themed gifts as well! 

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I knew with all of the activities happening at the party that many of the kids might not have time to actually sit down and make the entire project.  I packaged each project into a paper bag and each contained its own set of instructions so they could assemble them at home! 

I knew with all of the activities happening at the party that many of the kids might not have time to actually sit down and make the entire project.  I packaged each project into a paper bag and each contained its own set of instructions so they could assemble them at home! 

These were adult favors-- freshly baked mini loaves of pumpkin spice bread 

These were adult favors-- freshly baked mini loaves of pumpkin spice bread 

For some reason, every picture I have of the cake was from before the party started and there's an empty cloche sitting on the table-- oh well!  Cake from the infinitely talented Mary Holmen of It's a Mary Cake! 

For some reason, every picture I have of the cake was from before the party started and there's an empty cloche sitting on the table-- oh well!  Cake from the infinitely talented Mary Holmen of It's a Mary Cake! 

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Holiday's "Little Dear" smash cake! 

Holiday's "Little Dear" smash cake! 

More beautiful creations from It's A Mary Cake 

More beautiful creations from It's A Mary Cake 

Cookies by my dear friend Mary Holmen at It's a Mary Cake!  If you live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, you need to be friends with her! 

Cookies by my dear friend Mary Holmen at It's a Mary Cake!  If you live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, you need to be friends with her! 

Giving Mama a high five as she works on her smash cake 

Giving Mama a high five as she works on her smash cake 

She LOVED her little deer from Grammy and Grandad 

She LOVED her little deer from Grammy and Grandad 

I ordered the set of woodland masks from Mahalo on Etsy to use as photo booth props!

I ordered the set of woodland masks from Mahalo on Etsy to use as photo booth props!

My sweet friend Becca Caney from Darling Deuce Designs made Holiday quite a few outfits for her first year and blessed us with this adorable twirl skit, owl applique top and leg warmers!  After all of the painstaking details I did for this party, I couldn't believe when I went to get Holiday dressed for her party that I had forgotten to order her a headband or bow!!!!  She did have a custom crown from Becca though! 

My sweet friend Becca Caney from Darling Deuce Designs made Holiday quite a few outfits for her first year and blessed us with this adorable twirl skit, owl applique top and leg warmers!  After all of the painstaking details I did for this party, I couldn't believe when I went to get Holiday dressed for her party that I had forgotten to order her a headband or bow!!!!  She did have a custom crown from Becca though! 

Cutie Patootie! 

Cutie Patootie!