. . . for Lauren and Lauren: the planning has begun

June 1, 2014

the planning has begun


Truth be told it started a long time ago, but I think it may be acceptable now to actually be planning Addilyn's first birthday as it's only a month and a half away.  Her first birthday.  I'm in partial denial that my baby is about to be one.  I hear other moms write that and say that but for real.  Time goes by so fast. 

I never thought I wanted a big first birthday party or really much of a party at all, until I had a baby.  I want a party.  Not a huge one, but a celebration.  And truth is, it is far more for Chris and I than Addilyn.  As a matter of fact I am convinced that the parents should be the one receiving presents at first birthdays.  Or really any birthdays for that matter.  Congrats on surviving your first year of parenthood, right?  Maybe I should add that on the invitations. 

Anyway . . . so the party planning and craft making.  

A friend of mines little boy turned one a month ago so I took the opportunity to have a crafting buddy and we made this polka dot tablecloth and a wreath like this together.  


I'm almost done with her invitation.  Let me tell you, taking these pictures was not pretty.  There truly were only five somewhat acceptable pictures of the 100 we took.  Which is sad because Addilyn smiles all the time, yet impossible to catch on camera.  

I've used Tiny Prints for her birth announcements and our Christmas cards and am happy to use them again. There are so many options and it's so hard for me to make a final decision.  I can't decide between thisthis, or this one.  I love the theme of bright colors and polka dots, so any of those would be perfect. 

Let the indecisiveness begin. 

My goal is to have a photobook for months 0-3, 3-6 and 3-9 done to have out at her party.  I just finished months 0-3.  While it took me forever, their photobooks makes it really easy to use.  With idea pages, cute backgrounds and a millions options.  (Which is part of why it takes me so long.)  I used Shutterfly to make a pregnancy photobook, and one of Addilyn's birth and first week.  I see an abundance of these books in our future.  

I want to make Addilyn a onesie like this and cupcake toppers like these.  The ideas and projects I could do are somewhat overwhelming, so the goal is to make things as long as it stay enjoyable to me!  Time to start using nap time for projects!

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21 comments:

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Wow! I can't believe it has been a year. My how your life has changed. She's such a doll.

J and A said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I'm so excited to see what you do!! It will be awesome. I love the theme!! I wish I was there to craft with you. And HOW has it almost been a year?!!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Can't believe our babies are almost 1!!!I'm in full planning mode too! And we decided to throw a big bash exactly for the reason you said....for us surviving the first year (plus if we sell the house this will be our last "neighborhood party" too!) Can't wait to see what you come up with for Addi's party. The polka dot blanket is adorable and her pics cracked me up although I understand the furstration of pics not going the way you imagine these days!

Savanna said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

It is hard to believe that they are already going to be 1. 1st birthdays are the best. By far, they have been my favorite parties so far.

Sharlee said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I love the idea of Shutterfly books out. I'm a bit overwhelmed at the thought of creating three different books though. I have a private blog where I just write to her. I'm thinking of printing it each year to give to her as a gift. As for parents getting the presents, Amen!!

maria said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Ooh, fun! Party planning is exciting! Almost a year hey? It does go by so, so fast! Micha's second birthday is coming up, I can't believe it!

Denise said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Good luck with the planning.

Lindsay Ropella said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Oohhh how fun!! I just helped my cousin plan her son's first birthday party a few months ago. It was a lot of work but so worth it!! Can't wait to see how it all comes together :)

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

She's going to have the best birthday ever thanks to you! I love the photos of her on the blanket! She's so precious!

Liz said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

This is not possible!!! One year old already?!?! My vote is for the second invitation you linked :)

Agnes Mayer said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

It does go by fast. YOu should see my son's birthdays!!!! It's like planning a small wedding!!!!!!! But I love every minute of it.

Agi:)

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TheTinyHeart said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I can't believe she's almost a year old already! Have fun planning the party. I love all the invitations you're considering!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Helene in Between said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

i love 1st birthday's! of course you have to celebrate! what a fun time!

Brianne Bracco said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Coming up on 1 already?! Loving the party crafts to far! :)

two birds said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I love planning my kids' birthday parties. Each year I make a homemade cake shaped like whatever they love at the time. They are always hideous, but I love doing it anyway! Have fun planning!

Susannah said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Yay! I can't wait to see how her party turns out! :-)

Ashley said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Ok wait - how has it almost been a year?? Can't wait to see your plans come to life!!

Jessica said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Cannot believe that she will be ONE so soon! Sounds like an amazing party is in the works and those photo books sound like a great idea!

Laura said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

No judgment here for already starting the planning. the 1st birthday is a big deal! I can't believe she is already almost 1... crazy how fast time goes by. have fun planning! I can't wait to see how cute it all turns out!

eliz said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Oh man..planning for the BIG 1 is so much stress...I felt it was more work than planning for my wedding...hahaha good luck!

Christina Schergen said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I can't wait to see photos!!!