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MACY JANE’S FIRST BIRTHDAY

My sweet Macy Jane just turned one and I am so excited to share pictures of her party with you! I had so many projects planned for her party, but wasn’t able to complete them all because this has been a BUSY month for us! I always take on projects very optimistically, (for instance, I thought we could easily knock out a laundry room renovation in a weekend and it ended up taking a month!) so right up until an hour before her party I thought that I would be able to finish everything… but reality set in at the last minute, and I did abandon a few projects. I just have to remind myself that now is not the time for perfectionism. I want to enjoy my sweet baby girls more than I want to make sure that everything on my list gets crossed off! So, here is the party that I was able to create, without driving myself and everyone else insane!



I wanted classic cupcakes, so we had two flavors: chocolate and strawberry cake. Both flavors were frosted with cream cheese icing, pale pink shimmery sprinkles, and some of the cupcakes were topped with cherries. The cherries were definitely darker than I had planned. I just didn’t think it through completely. I didn’t want to use maraschino cherries because the juice would have run on the icing. In hindsight, I wish I had dipped the cherries in pink chocolate (and maybe sprinkles too!), then used them to top the cupcakes. That would have been pretty!



This is the same cupcake stand (made by my very talented dad) that we used for Clara’s “Olivia the Pig” birthday party. We just use double-sided tape to temporarily adhere the ribbons to each level. It’s so easy to change the ribbons from one party to the next.


Did you notice the pretty hot-pink cupcake liners? Such a little detail, but they make me happy! I love the intensity of the color. It’s such a cheery change from the typical pale, pale pastel liners.

Now, if you know me at all, you know that I LOVE containers, boxes, cubbies, bags… any system of organization gets my heart beating just a little faster! I have always been that way. Now pair that with the resourcefulness that I learned from my mother and this is what you get: I’ve been saving Macy Jane’s formula cans for awhile now. My hubby kept looking at the growing pile of what he thought was trash with a raised eyebrow. He’s too patient to actually suggest that I throw them away, but I know he wanted to! BUT… I saved them, knowing that I would eventually have a project for them. And, now I’m thankful for that hoarding tendency because we used them at the party! Here they are:


I peeled off the formula can liner and then decoupaged pretty scrapbook paper on the outside of the cans. DONE! It was such a simple, cheap way to bring some exciting color to the party table AND organize plasticware AND showcase yummy candies! The lollipop bouquets are marshmallows on lollipop sticks dipped in chocolate and sprinkles and arranged in my formula cans! Here’s a tutorial. It’s incredibly easy and the kids LOVED all of the sugar! We also had pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and sprinkles … the adults seemed to like them more than the marshmallow lollipops.

I made the party hats from scrapbook paper, then added a white knit ruffle (with raw edges). I finished them off with tiny rick-rack trim on top of the ruffle and hot pink ribbon ties.

The birthday outfit is always one of my favorite projects. This year I made a tutu skirt for Boo-Boo. It’s the first time I’ve ever made one like this, but it will definitely not be the last. It was adorable on her! When I make another one, I’ll try to remember to take pictures so I can post a tutorial for you.

Here’s Macy Jane in her tutu, enjoying her birthday cake. You can see the progression as she figures out what we’ve placed in front of her. It takes her a few minutes to realize how yummy cake is and get really excited about it!







At the end of the party – when we were all on sugar highs – Allen discovered that Macy Jane’s tutu doubles as a headdress. Adorable baby!

We are so thankful that God has blessed us with this incredible year with Macy Jane and we treasure the present moment but also look forward to the future with excited anticipation to see her little personality blossom. She is a treasure!
- Brooke

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