3.23.2013

Claire's Birthday

We threw a little get-together for Claire's birthday last Wednesday. She's not a huge fan of crowds and is just starting to get over her stranger anxiety, so we kept it pretty small. We were really glad to have Allie and Macey in town for the occasion and also invited our friends, Libby and Jon. Libby's mom happened to be visiting that week as well, so she rounded out the group!

Eating a cheese stick and celebrating Pope Francis. Now that's a good birthday!

We spent the morning watching the election of the new pope. Claire was very excited that the decision was made on her birthday and, of course, she has a soft spot for the name Francis! Allie and Macey were a huge help with the party preparations while Claire took her afternoon nap.

Claire's Birthday Party

We served homemade pizza and salad with cupcakes and fruit for dessert. I think Stewart's soda bottles are so cute {not to mention really tasty!} so we had those to drink and kept them chilled in this beverage tub. 

Claire's Birthday Party

When I saw these pom-poms on the dollar rack at the craft store, I just couldn't resist.

Claire's Birthday Party

The birthday girl had a special bib and cupcake onesie, both from Carter's, as well as crown she grabbed from the previously-mentioned dollar rack and wouldn't let go of without a fight!

Claire's Birthday Party

I made the table runner and napkins using these Michael Miller fabrics. I'm thinking they'll be brought out of for all future family birthday celebrations.

Claire's Birthday Party

I also made this banner out of Claire's monthly fabrics. It's hard to tell in this picture, but it says "Yay for Claire" because it was exactly twelve letters and because I'd love to bring it out for other occasions like her baptism day and patron saint feast day. I may even have visions of using it at her graduation party one day...

Claire's Birthday Party

The mantel got a little extra flair as well, in the form of a display of Claire's monthly pictures.

Claire's Birthday Party

I used a scrap of chalkboard leftover from covering up our fireplace for the display.

Claire's Birthday Party

Allie made and iced all the cupcakes and even supplied the super cute liners!

Claire's Birthday Party

She used this cupcake recipe and we displayed them with this cupcake tower. I really like that it's collapsible, since we don't exactly have a lot of room for party supplies.

Claire's Birthday Party

After dinner, we watched the year-in-review video we made. Claire is kind of obsessed with it. We've watched it several times in the past week and she just loves that cute baby on the screen. I really want to know if she recognizes herself!

Claire's Birthday Party

Then we opened presents, which Claire was far more interested in than compared to Christmas. Although she was mostly interested in chewing on the rubber mallet that came with the drum in the very bottom of that picture...

Claire's Birthday Party

We gave her a Pride & Prejudice board book, a toy camera, and a homemade quilt. I'll share more on that next week!

Claire's Birthday Party

We concluded the party with cupcakes and singing happy birthday, of course!

Claire's Birthday Party

We splurged on these festive side plates, which will also hopefully become a family birthday tradition.

Claire's Birthday Party

The first thing Claire did with her cupcake was eat all the icing. A girl after her mother's heart!

Claire's Birthday Party

That much sugar in a very small tummy led to some grumpiness really quickly.

Claire's Birthday Party

So, she was whisked into the bath and put to bed shortly afterwards, where she slept very soundly thanks to all the excitement!

Claire's Birthday Party

The next day, we realized that we didn't get any pictures of Claire with her guests. So, naturally, we put her in the same outfit and pretended like we didn't just forget.



The birthday girl blowing out her candle and digging in. It was a very special first birthday, indeed.

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