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.