I've put this post off a little bit for 2 reasons. 1. We've been insanely busy the past few weeks! and 2. I'm still in denial that my sweet little baby is already a year old!
Her official birthday was August 13th, and on that day, we were all stuck in the car, driving back from a wedding. Strapped into a carseat, facing backwards, is not the best way to spend your birthday. So, to make up for it, we threw her a super, amazing, fantastically awesome Safari Party this past weekend.
Here's a few pictures of the preparations/decorations:
|How cute are these napkins! Ordered from Celebration Express.|
|Yes, we made that sign! I did the letters, Rocky did the artwork :)|
|Check out the LOOT!! (In Safari print wrapping paper of course - Dollar Tree)|
Alright, so, here's the thing. We had food. We had... lots. of. food. Unfortunately, I was so busy making/devouring it, that I forgot to take pictures of almost all of it. There were bbq brisket sandwiches, buffalo chicken dip, veggies, cheese&crackers, fruit kabobs, sausage dippers, shrimp rangoon cups (yea, they're friggin awesome... will post recipe soon), candy, sweet safari punch, chips&salsa... the list. goes. on.
Oh, and some amazing cupcakes that I literally spent close to 4 hours baking/decorating! :)
This was all I managed to get pictures of:
|The Cheese Lion. My brainchild, Rocky's handiwork!|
|So cute!! Worth the effort :)|
Of course, no birthday post would be complete without sharing some pictures of Gemma
|It all started so nicely...|
Daddy gave her a little ice cream to wet her whistle :)
She was taking this whole cupcake thing very seriously... this is as close to a smile as I got out of her!
Note the placement of her chocolate-covered right hand!
All in all, we had such a fun party! First birthday parties can be silly, I know, since technically "they'll never remember it" but really, it's for the parents to celebrate an amazing year of life with their child! I am so, so, so grateful for my little girl. She is truly a blessing in our lives, and I feel thankful to God that I get to be her Mommy. I love you Gemmaroo!!