isla’s first birthday

I love birthdays. It’s the only day you get to celebrate the pure existence of a person. This birthday was especially significant since it was my little Isla’s first. It also marks the anniversary of our little family becoming three.

So without further ado, here are tons of photos and details of the celebration I put together for our little lady.

I went with a glitter/sparkle theme and used the colors mint, pale pink, peach and gold to pull it off. I made most of the decorations myself and baked (with the help of my mom) all of the tasty treats.

Here is a link to my Pinterest board that I made to collect inspiration.

The invitations had sparkly bows on the front and fun, playful sparkly polka dots on back. I made each of the bows, but I promise, I didn’t individually sparkle the polka dots, I bought that paper and cut it to fit the back of the invites.

I served a dessert buffet, mostly full of cake, but there were also glitter almond sandwich cookies, peppermint patties and vanilla meringues. The large mint colored cake and the small peach cake was Smitten Kitchen’s Golden Butter Cake. The medium sized peach cake was Champagne Glitter Cake inspired by Appolinas.

I decorated the cakes with buttercream frosting, sanding sugars and disco dust. Unfortunately these photos don’t really do the cakes justice, they really did sparkle.

I found this sparkler candle from a little shop in Ballard way back in November and knew it would be perfect for this little fete.

Guests sipped on pink lemonade, a sparkling cocktail made with champagne, grapefruit juice and grenadine and small cartons of organic milk. And there were also paper straws in complimentary party colors.

I covered our kitchen table (BJ finished it just in time) in white butcher paper and lined homemade party hats down the center. I had crayons on hand for guests to draw while they were hanging out.

Inspired by Confetti System, I made tassel garland from crepe paper, mylar and rope trim. I hand cut confetti from the scraps left over from the tassel garland which I scattered down the table and around the desserts. All of the desserts were displayed on my jadeite cake stands which sat on top of a pink striped tablecloth.

I also made a Fancy Frill Balloon using crepe paper, tinsel and a gigantic 36″ round balloon. If huge balloons don’t make you happy, I’m not sure what will.

We had so much fun celebrating our little girl. The weather was perfect and we had a full house of people who we’re so thankful to call our friends. Isla rocked the celebration despite the fact that she only had one nap.

Believe it or not, this is the best group photo we got of (most of) the kiddos.

PS: thanks to my parents for all of their help. There’s no way, I could have pulled off all of this without their help. And to my husband, because, obviously. Thanks, also, to dear Megan who came all the way up from Seattle just to celebrate little I. She was also our official photographer. 🙂

PPS: Isla’s little dress was custom made by my talented mother. I don’t have a great photo of the whole thing, but it has the cutest cap sleeves and bubble hem. Thanks, Mom!


half birthdays

Our little girl is six months old! She weighs 13 lbs. 10 oz. and is 26 inches long.

This kiddo has quite the personality. She doesn’t ever slow down and loves to be around people. She’s constantly kicking her legs, twisting and turning all over the place and wanting you to hold her up so she can stand. We’re going to be in big trouble once she starts crawling. She is quite the chatterbox, she talks to herself all the time and this month started saying “mama.” It melts my heart every time she does it. She is also getting to be a pro at sitting up by herself.

This month we started our first solid foods. She’s had bananas, peas, sweet potato and avocado. Her favorite is definitely sweet potatoes. She makes this adorable “mmm” sound whenever you give her a bite. It’s such a fun new stage, but it also makes me feel like she’s growing up so fast!

Happy half birthday, sweet girl!

Oh and we’re going to need a new monthly button since this one suffered from a large bite out of it!



happy half-aversary!

Happy Half-aversary to my wonderful husband, which means we’ve officially been married for 3-1/2 years. We started celebrating our half-aversary for some reason (probably because I wanted to have an excuse to go out to a nice dinner and celebrate something) the first year we were married and it’s stuck ever since. Pre-baby we might have gone out for dinner to have a little mini celebration, but tonight I think we might just open a bottle of wine at home and enjoy our little family.

I am so blessed to be married to the most handsome, loving, thoughtful, hard-working man I know. He is a wonderful father to our little Isla and a perfect compliment to me. I love you, BJ!

This is us on our first half-aversary.

And 3-1/2 years later…

And since it is our half-aversary, it is also Isla’s half birthday! Happy half-birthday baby girl. You are just what our little family needed. Thanks for making us parents, it’s the greatest responsibility we’ve ever had. We love you!


five months

I realize that next week is Isla’s 6 month birthday, but alas, here I am, posting her 5 month photos.

Side note: I finally took a hint from our professional photographer Jen Fox and moved these photos to our bedroom where there’s better light. I think it helped a lot, although I’m still no great photographer, I’m hoping to remedy that situation with my Christmas list.

Anyway…here are Isla’s 5 month photos…

Our little Isla Girl is feeling not so little these days. She’s almost 13 lbs. and 25.5 inches. She is quite the chatterbox and wiggler. She’s rolling from her back to front and kicking around trying to move herself forward. She’s working on sitting alone but can hold herself up for a few seconds before tumbling over. She loves to laugh and has the amazing talent of sucking on her toes when she’s lying on her back. She loves being outside in her stroller, going down slides and meeting other babies and friends. She’s teething a bit, but no teeth bumps yet. Isla took her first flight to Minnesota this month to meet her Aunt Amy, Uncle Mark and lots of other friends and family. It was quite the trip and she was a trooper as we toted her all around the Twin Cities.

We love you Baby Girl, we love seeing you grow up and learn new things about the world every day!


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