Sunday, October 11, 2009

Don't be tardy for the party

I'd say Em's first birthday party was a (cake) smashing success!

There was lots of food. My mother-in-law's homemade mac n cheese and my mom's homemade lumpia were big hits.

There were tasty, tasty cupcakes from JustJenn, as well as homemade sangria, lemonade and water. (Well, the water was store-bought.)

There were umbrellas and a canopy to keep guests cool, and lots of tissue poms just for fun.
Canopy & tables

There was an overly ambitious butterfly mobile, which I worked on for days. Don't know if anyone noticed, though, as it was kind of high in the canopy but I still thought it was cute. Thinking it might make it into Em's room after some finishing touches.
Butterfly mobile

We also had a Wall O' Em Dash, featuring pics from her first year.
Wall o' Em Dash

Of course, there were lots o' babies. Ten of them, to be exact.

They partied hard.
Baby nap

And there was the birthday girl herself, sporting a brown tutu, birthday girl shirt and birthday bib. (Gotta love Gymboree!)
Birthday girl

There were grandmas.
With Grandma

We also had our pal Winnie, the budding photographer, who captured the following amazing shots for us.
Poms in the trees


Birthday Em with Mommy.
Em & Mommy

And what party would be complete without cake for the birthday girl?

Em DEFINITELY has her mommy's sweet tooth. She dove right in.
Dig in


Sweet hands

More, please

We had to pry it from her tiny sticky hands. (Cake-smashing video coming soon.)

We had such a fun time celebrating Em's big day with so many great friends and family.

Just when we thought our sweet girl couldn't get any sweeter...
The 3 of us

Jim: [grunts] Okay, so far, our ideal party consists of beer, fights to the death, cupcakes, blood pudding, blood, touch football, mating, charades, and yes, horse hunting.
Dwight: You're right, forget horse hunting. It's stupid.
- The Office


  1. Awww, all the personal touches and decor are so sweet! Yes, that pic is so cute!!!!! A framer! You have to put the mobile in her bedroom - it's so cute! That brown tutu...need to get my hands on some tutus for Itsy!

  2. ditto the monkey - that last one is a classic.

    so much fun! i'm now trying to figure out how to incorporate a "wall o'bean" into our shoebox.

  3. What an awesome celebration for a perfect little lady. Thanks for sharing this event with us through these beautiful photos!

  4. I'm sorry I was tardy. : (

    Seriously though, thanks again and what fantastic food and company! My pants were a little tighter today after the mac 'n cheese, lumpia, and cupcakes! So excited to finally meet your sweet baby girl too!

  5. How fun! I love all the personal touches - especially the wall o' Em. I may steal that idea!

  6. Am I correct you got "don't be tardy for the party" from Real Housewives or am I the only trash TV lover?? :-) The party looks FABULOUS! I see soooo many ideas I might have to "borrow" for Jenna's 1st bday party (yes, I know I am getting ahead of myself as she is only a month old). hahaha!

  7. Stopping by from the bump. What a beautiful party, and a gorgeous little girl.

  8. Happy b-day Em! She's a lucky little girl to be surrounded by such loving family and friends. Super sweet party; all the personal touches looked great.

  9. I cannot believe she is one already. She's gorgeous and it looked like she loved her party.

    "Don't be tardy for the party" - love those Housewives :)

  10. Everything looked so amazing! My heart skipped a beat when i saw her in that brown tutu..TOO.CUTE.FOR.WORDS!!!!! So sorry we missed out. Let's get together soon...Happy 1st birthday to your little princess!

  11. absolutely precious! :D happy 1st bday!

  12. Yummm. Lumpia. <3

  13. Happy Birthday Em Dash!!

  14. What a lucky girl Em to have a mommy that would throw such a sweet birthday party! Happy birthday, Em!

  15. seriously she is so precious! love all the party pics and um can you throw me a party? yours always look so cute and fun!

  16. Happy Birthday Em! What a fun party. She is precious!!

  17. The last one is the best. .. . . .

  18. What no picture of me changing Lei's diaper?

    That was the first time I have ever had lumpia and it was yummy. I think ate half the container.

    The bday decor was absolutely cute and adorable. I'm sad that I didn't notice the mobile. I'm sure it was beautiful in person.

  19. I love the butterfly mobile and the wall of pictures! Such great details.

    She is such a cutie!

  20. Beautiful party and beautiful baby! What a cutie Em is!

  21. I'm so sad I missed it - not only getting to see Em smash cake everywhere, but your mom's homemade lumpia! :( I'm also embarrassed that I know where the title of this blog post is from. :/