All four of our kids’ birthdays fall around the same time of year, so around here, the end of summer is known as Birthday Season. This year, an Ice Cream Themed Birthday Party it was!
Each year, since my oldest turned one, birthday season has included one big family birthday party! Our relatives live out of town, so we invite them down for one big bash and celebrate all together.
As our family has grown, this has been extra helpful – one day, one theme, one cake, and a whole big mess of presents from the grandparents.
This year, Amelia was turning one,
so we highlighted her first birthday
all while also celebrating her brothers and sister.
My cake dreams were brought to life thanks to Melissa Danforth
and you know chocolate chip cookies from Chick-fil-a are always a part of any celebrating we do around here.
Usually, the night before our family rolls into town, I prep the party table. This way, everything is just about ready to go when they arrive.
The table is usually home to most of the food (Pizza was added to this table after these photos were snapped.), and then drinks are usually set up on the kitchen island.
My party decor typically includes Amazon Prime boxes wrapped in paper that coordinates with my theme. Sometimes photos are attached to the face of the box – other times, I simply use them to give height. This sweet sprinkles-themed paper is from Hobby Lobby – so are most of the other decorations (and candies) included in this post.
While I love snapping photos of my decor and capturing images of my birthday babies, the pictures in this post were taken by my incredibly talented friend, Tara Marie Photography.
On Aubrey’s first birthday, I remember thinking, I wish I had someone here to snap photos for us. For this birthday bash, I’m so grateful I reached out to Tara. She popped in before we ate and grabbed photos of my decor as well as images of our family.
This one of our family is so precious to me, and she also snapped some of our kids with grandparents, but we’re keeping those photos under wraps for now. Shutterfly is helping me create some sweet Christmas gifts as we speak.
One year old – Amelia, the most cuddly gal in town. It is impossible to get enough of her sweet smile – she is pure sweetness (unless you take her graham crackers away from her, then everything changes).
This birthday party tradition has been so special for our kids. We’re not sure we’ll always do it this way – we’re actually considering moving toward a Birthday Trip tradition, but that’s still to be determined. It’s hard for me to give up party planning – I love every second of it (except cleaning up afterwards), but we think a trip could be really special, too – especially as our boys are getting older. I’ll keep you posted.
Friends and Resources Shared in this Post:
- Melissa Danforth (If you need a cake, she’s your girl!)
- Alison McKown with Just Add Confetti (Your designs are THE.BEST.)
- Tara Marie Photography (She snapped photos, so I could enjoy our celebration – I’m so grateful!)
- Giant Stand-Up Ice Cream Truck Available Here
- Hobby Lobby (You are the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you for being you.)