Gracie.s Birthday Recap

Sunday afternoon we had Gracie’s first birthday party. We had a really nice afternoon sitting outside in our backyard under the shade tree. The kids played, the adults ate and chatted, and the birthday girl went to town on her birthday cake. All the makings of a great day!

Gracie decided to wear butterfly wings instead of a birthday crown. I think it was a smart choice. Crowns fall off, but wings are forever. I found the wings at Target in the baby section (next to some killer shoes, which I will have to go back for later…). I thought they were a steal at $5.99.







Gracie also wore sunglasses. Like the diva that she is.



My mom made Gracie’s smash cake and my sister helped her decorate a dozen cupcakes for everyone else. I loved the cake. She cut mini marshmallows in half and dipped the sticky side in colored sugar, then placed the marshmallows in circles around the cake to make it look like petals.





Gracie thought it was so beautiful that she didn’t want to touch it at first. It was less of a “smash” cake and more of a “finger poke” cake.








Before she got too goopy, we tried taking a few family pictures. Which NEVER goes well. With two small kids, someone is always picking their nose, or moving, or looking the other direction.






After cake, we played outside with the kids and opened presents. It was such a beautiful afternoon. Oh, and Gracie got a microphone. So, life was grand.






When Gracie started getting grumpy (she skipped her nap), we moved inside so that she could rest a bit, but she ended up playing even harder on the living room floor. We took all her presents out of their boxes and the kids played for over an hour with everything. It was the first time Gracie had sat with the “big kids” and actually played before. She’s such a big girl now that she’s one!




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19 Thoughts to “Gracie.s Birthday Recap”

  1. Aw, happy birthday, Gracie!

  2. kelly h

    She is the CUTEST! happy birthday Gracie!! Also, the family pictures cracked me up 🙂

  3. Aww she looks so adorable! Love the butterfly wings & yellow dress! yellow really suits her 🙂

  4. Beautiful birthday party for a Beautiful little girl!

  5. Tiffany

    Looks like a great 1st birthday party. Gracie is a doll. Glad she had a great time.

  6. Yay! Happy birthday, Gracie girl!

  7. Happy Birthday, Gracie! It’s been so fun watching her grow, Katie. Also, I love that picture of her and your mom forehead to forehead. That is one of my favorite ways to snuggle my gal!

  8. Gracie looked beautiful, looked like you all had a great time.

  9. Love her Cindy Lou Who hairstyle. 🙂

  10. Those pigtails just slay me! Hope you’re enjoying yourselves in COSTA RICA!!

  11. Kat

    Oh goodness….she is so adorable! I love her little wings and pig tails. Happy 1st birthday Gracie!

  12. Lynne

    That photo of her on the slide is fantastic. So glad the weather cooperated and you had a great party. I have never heard the cake called a “smash” cake before. Perfect name for it!

  13. Elsie

    You and your babies make me so broody! Beautiful photos, it looks like she had a birthday party full of family, friends and fairy fun 🙂

  14. Where in the world did you get that adorable yellow dress? Yellow is my favorite color and I happen to have a couple of cute girls who would look so cute in a dress like that!

  15. Laura

    Happy birthday, looks like fun. Have a wonderful trip. Costa Rica is on my list of places to go, hope you enjoy it! I can’t wait to hear more about it and see pics.

  16. The wings and the pony tails = cutest thing I’ve ever seen! What a beautiful baby that you have! Glad that the party went well 🙂

  17. Rachel @ The Ongoing Planner

    She is adorable in those pigtails! Looks like a great first birthday!

  18. Kiersten

    Aww glad that gracie had an awesome birthday. Great idea with the wings. Made her even more precious!

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