On September 11, Ella turned one year old!! Does anyone else feel like that's crazy?! Because, I sure do!
|Her party invitation|
|Our new birthday tradition started with|
Ella! Every time someone has a birthday
in our little family, the wreath will come out
for the week!
|Dessert table! All pink desserts (including|
the yummy strawberry filled Oreos in the back)
I made the table skirt with various ribbons,
streamers, and tulle. I loved the way it turned
|The pom-poms! I adored these and had a really hard time|
taking them down! A few are in Ella's room now :o)
|Her birthday banner! I started out making|
one idea I had and then changed it to this one!
I really love the way it turned out (even free-
handing each letter, ahhhh!!). The backdrop is
the same as the tableskirt, ribbons, streamer, and
|Pretty pink flowers and ribbons instead of a|
|Garland made from Ella's 1-11month pictures. In between|
each picture was a tulle puff as I called them, haha
|The favors...Good & Plenty! We liked the idea of the pink|
and white candy, so we made up a little tagline to go with it!
|Showing off her birthday outfit! The hairbow|
and tutu are the same she wore in her 1-11
|I just love this picture! We let her go to town with the|
ribbons and streamers after her party!
|On her actual birthday the next day! We went|
to church and then the zoo! Here she is with her
Nana (John's mom)
|At the zoo!!|
Ella's birthday was full of such precious moments that I hope we never forget! Including all hands on deck to get everything set up before her big party! I am so glad both John and I's mother's were in town. Plus, John is always such a huge help with stuff like this and I honestly couldn't be more grateful.
In the days leading up to Ella's party and birthday, I continually prayed that she would feel overwhelmed with love by everything that was put into it. And, through our love that she would get even just a small glimpse of God's love for her. That's why we stayed up late making pom-poms or garland or making my crazy table skirt because I had the idea at the last second. And, you know what? I think she did experience some of the depth of the love we have for her. Of course we pray she sees it everyday, but I think her birthday weekend was full of reminders for her!
Thanks everyone that came to the party and of course, our family that helped out SO MUCH!! Our little girl has been the biggest blessing of our lives and thanks for helping us to show her that in a new way :o)