Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Avery's Birthday Party

  ...was a lot of work. A lot of food. A lot of candy, cake pops, fondant, and banners. If you ever want to drive yourself crazy, look up all the birthday set-ups on Pinterest. Then try to reproduce everything you see.

 It was a lot of paper and fabric cutting, Jo-Ann's runs, Target runs, Pinterest obsessing. My lovely baby-sitter, Natalia, who is in culinary school, made all the baked goods by herself!

 Food chopping, list writing, hot-gluing, people-cajoling. I was so lucky my family came to visit--they surprised us the day before the party.

Who needs catering when you have a kitchen full of Asians wielding knives?

I focused on making the banners, which I'll have to show you later. I was seeing flags in my sleep. I had made Avery's crown a week before and we had practiced wearing it all week, so she wouldn't fling it off, like all her other accessories/food/various toys. 

The day of the party was warm and beautiful--80 degrees and breezy. Thank God, since there is no earthly way we could have fit 80 people comfortably in our house.

And the bubble machines, baby guitars, toddler drums, and cake.

 We did thankfully get to see spend time with some of our friends and family from near and far. Chris had told Gerry and Amber earlier that they were going to be the "whitest" people there. And boy did they dress the part.
Gerry even made that tee-shirt for the occasion. Amber always looks like Cat Deeley--on Cat's best day.  

Avery had a great time--'course, she had no idea what was going on. Chris and I are relieved and happy it's over. We probably won't be doing anything like this until Avery gets married. 

Til then, it's all about McDonald's for birthdays. Especially her sweet 16th--she and her teeny-bopper, Bieber-loving friends are gonna LOVE it.


  1. The decorations and all of the food look amazing. You really out did yourself. Avery looked like she really enjoyed her first birthday...she's going to town with that cupcake :) She's super adorable!

  2. Everything looks perfect! That crown is too darn cute! And I know exactly how you feel about the McDonalds Birthday's! I've been so tempted to let my son's 2nd Birthday be one of those "intimate family affairs" = AKA, I was too lazy to do anything special so I made up a lame excuse as to why I didn't even throw you a small party.

  3. Happy Birthday!! All the details are gorgeous and you look fabulous in the orange dress!!

  4. oh my! the house handled everyone beautifully!!!! love it all....

  5. Oh my god! Hats off to the one who decorated the place and arranged the food. I am so stunned to see the beautiful arrangement of this place. I am glad I came across this post, now I can take some good ideas for decorating one of the Chicago venues for my son’s birthday.