Wednesday, January 8

Penelope's First Birthday Party

I am beyond thrilled to finally post Penelope's first birthday party pictures.  Her party took multiple months of planning and many late nights spent crafting.  After all was said and done it was all worth it.  My mom and good friend Jessica flew into Fresno, to help me with all of the last minute touches.  Without those two, I would have been way over my head.  Tyson was also amazing through all of the madness.  He sat back and let me have my fun.  I wanted more than anything for the day to be a celebration of Penelope's first year.  It was a rough year, but what a great year it was.  I went with a heart theme, because Nellie will always be my heart baby.  I will never forget the lessons she taught all of us. 

^^^ I ordered a chocolate smash cake for miss P and an almond flavored cake for everyone else to enjoy. ^^^

^^^ My beautiful friend Jes. ^^^

^^^ I made a variety of different bows for the little girls who attended, to take home. ^^^

^^^ The candy bar was filled with every type of pink and gold candy I could find. ^^^

^^^ One of my favorite decorations was this banner, showcasing the many faces of Penelope. A huge thank you to my friend Brooke for sizing and editing all of P's faces. ^^^

^^^ I spray painted these gold picture frames with chalkboard paint, to make the perfect sized chalkboards. ^^^

Before the cake smash we watched this video.  

^^^ We laughed and cried. ^^^

^^^ Penelope with her Great Grandma Betty, who she was named after. ^^^

Tyson's parents had the brilliant idea to rent a bounce house for all of the kids.  Needless to say, it was a hit.  Between the cotton candy machine and bounce house, the kids were well occupied. 

^^^ My father-in-law was sweet and stepped up to the task of making all of the kiddos cotton candy. ^^^

And finally it was time to watch P dig into her smash cake!  I had looked forward to this moment for so long.

^^^ We couldn't leave GiGi out of the fun.  I'm don't know how she didn't get sick.  She had cotton candy on her fur for days to follow. ^^^

Penelope was beyond spoiled by all of her friends and family.  Everyone went above and beyond to make her feel so special.  She loved each and everyone of her gifts.  It was a blast watching her open each gift.  

It was an amazing day!  Most of these photos are from our friend Shaun.  I couldn't thank him enough, for documenting our little girls special day.  I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such great people.

confetti dipped ballons tutorial here
gold glitter garland found here
pom-pom party hat tutorial here
glitter letters tutorial here
paper rosette tutorial here
baby birthday banner tutorial here
glitter dipped mason jars tutorial here
fabric bow tutorial found here
sugar cookie recipe here
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  1. This is beyond perfect! I love everything!

  2. Oh my goodness Janessa - Everything turned out BEAUTIFULLY! What an amazing daughter and family you have.

  3. MOM OF THE YEAR!!!!! I am in awe, you never stop amazing me with all your talents, can you please share some of that with me;) now I have to go pick my jaw up off the ground... AMAZING!!!

  4. You are ridiculously talented; by far the cutest birthday party I've ever seen!

  5. Such a cute party!! Good job mama!

  6. Nessa,
    I just found your blog this week and I just LOVE it! I love your photos, the way they look, your presentation and the way you write your recipes and your talent! You have a beautiful family!
    I'm a new follower and best of luck to you in 2014!

  7. Where is your shirt from? Love love this party!!!

    1. I purchased it on Brickyard Buffalo a long time ago. I notice they post similar ones every once in awhile.

  8. Yes where is your shirt from?? Beautiful party!

    1. I found it a year or so ago on a site called Brickyard Buffalo. Check them out, they seem to post similar tops.

  9. This is beautiful, and EXACTLY what I wanted for by little girls upcoming first! Thank you for the tutorials and photos - so appreciate it!

  10. LOVE all the details! I'm working on my daughter's 1st bday party now. It's just a few weeks away. I love the photos in the heart shape. Are those Polaroids? If not what size prints are they? Thank you!

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