briar’s first birthday!

Posted on: Monday, August 10, 2015

Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves

On Saturday, we celebrated Briar’s first birthday in my parents’ backyard. I have to say, as excited as I was to throw Briar a party, I was dreading the fact that my little baby was officially making the jump from infant to toddler. I may or may not have cried my eyes out the night before as I was putting her to bed, but by Saturday morning, I felt like a new person with a renewed excitement for all the good things still to come. Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves

We had a loose “summer fun” theme for the party, so I made wooden cacti, a paper watermelon banner, colorful tissue paper tassels, and a few other handmade details. I also busted out the cotton canvas teepee, my favorite colorful rug (a Rose Bowl find!), a thrifted rattan horse rocker, and various inflatable toys.

Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar has never met a baked good that she didn’t like, so to have a whole cupcake to herself? Best day ever. She dove right in and didn’t stop until she was completely covered in frosting.

Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves

My favorite part of the party decor was definitely the wall of Briar photos from her first year of life. I had such a great time going through thousands of photos on my computer, having my favorites printed, and then taping them up on the wall. Being able to see a whole entire year’s worth of memories in one place is pretty incredible. I definitely want to do this every year!

Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves

However, the real hit of the party was most certainly the water table!¬†Every time I looked over, there were babies screaming and splashing and living it up over at that table. (I seriously think it’s one of our best investments in baby gear thus far!)

Briar's First Birthday | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar skipped her nap, ate a whole chocolate cupcake, and got to celebrate her birthday with her favorite people…it was a good day, indeed! But I think the best part of all was that she slept through the night (the whole night!) following the party! I don’t want to jinx anything, but I sure hope this habit sticks!

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has come and gone, but I’m so grateful that we made it this far. John and I can’t remember life before we had our sweet girl!

  • Candy

    What fun! You have really outdone yourself this year with all the posts about Briar and your life. The party looks like it was a definite hit and I spy Jack there! I just got to meet him and his Mom when they were in Hawaii on August 1. I will give you the same advice I gave Amy. Remember – what you do for the first child you also have to do for the second, third, fourth, and fifth! So watch it!!! LOL!
    Hugs & Aloha from Hawaii!

  • Brandie

    Adorable party for an adorable girl! Congrats on making it through the first year, mama! Also, I’ve wanted to mention this a few times on other posts where you’ve discussed Briar’s not so great sleeping habits but my girl (16 months) was a pretty horrible sleeper too until her first birthday when (and I honestly can’t take credit) she suddenly seemed to discover the joy of sleeping all night through. I really hope the same happens for you. Have fun – it truly just keeps getting better!

  • JayEssJay

    Happy Birthday, Briar! And congratulations, Mama! Looks like such a fun, laid-back party… perfect for the birthday girl! Now my brain is spinning… what would be the cactus/watermelon/teepee equivalent for February?? We’re less than 6 months shy of a first birthday around here… never too early for brainstorming!

  • Stephanie

    Happy Birthday Briar!! What an absolutely adorable party for an adorable little lady!

  • Andrea

    What a fun party! You made some beautiful decor. Well done!
    And whenever I see you rocking that top knot I always wonder how you make it look so perfect. Maybe you share the secret ;)

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