Last weekend we celebrated Quinn’s first birthday.We did it! All three of us survived her first year! Parenting has kept us on our toes and undoubtedly will continue to do so. We could not be more thankful for those who have loved us, cheered us on, cried and laughed along with us this year. Her party was a perfect way to gracefully say goodbye to one phase (though Q will ALWAYS be our baby) as we anxiously embark on the toddler years. If you know us, you know we are brunch people, so there was no better way to celebrate this past year than to be surrounded by family and friends at our home, eating and drinking some of our favorites at Quinn’s first birthday brunch!
We kept the decorations simple and cheap with this birthday banner and a photo banner with a picture from each month of Quinn’s first year. You can’t tell in the picture, but my rockstar sister even hand-braided the twine banner. We also saved on invites by sending an adorable email invitation through Punchbowl.
Quinn’s pink puff-ball tutu was a crowd favorite and I am already trying to find as many excuses as possible for her to wear it again. Her adorable doughnut onesie was designed by Ezra Ink. They were amazing. I reached out to them and told them what I was envisioning and they ran with it and it turned out even better than I could have hoped for at a much more reasonable price than I had found elsewhere!
Quinn loves to read so we had guests write her a note in her Dr. Seuss’s Happy Birthday, Baby! book. We used sharpies in order to make sure that these notes stood the test of time. It was so special to get to read not only the book, but all of the special notes to her as we put her to bed that night! I have no doubt that we will enjoy reading it to her for many birthdays to come.
If you have brunch without mimosas, did you even have brunch?! I found these glass carafes at Michael’s and used 40% off coupons (FYI: they price match Joann’s and their coupons as well!). Today I actually found them at Aldi as well for even less! Fresh fruit and these gold paper straws were fun little touches too! We also served lemonade and iced coffee!
Quinn LOVES food, so we never doubted that she would lose her mind when we let her lose on a cake of her very own. I was excited to make the cake myself, knowing that I wanted a rather simple design. I topped it off with fresh roses from our rose bushes and this adorable cake topper.
As it turns out, she and all of the other kiddos also loved these party hats from Target!
We were so blessed that Quinn’s Great Grandparents on both sides were able to join us from out of town for this special day!
One of the best decisions we made reading Quinn’s first birthday brunch was hiring Katie Gutman, a family friend and photographer, to capture this special day for us! I knew myself well enough to know that I would have been stressing out for the duration of the party, trying to capture every single sweet moment myself. Thank you Katie for these priceless photos and for allowing me to be reminded of the importance of being present! After all, so much of life happens in the blink!
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