one year old

my sweet little niece . i s a b e l l a. had her first birthday party this afternoon. my sister has been working like crazy on it and hosted an amazing party. i was able to help with some of the creative stuff {which i always love} and it was fun to make it extra special for baby {i mean toddler} isabella

the birthday girl {wearing the most adorable tutu made by my mom}

every birthday baby need a bib for the special occasion.
darling, isn't it?

and, as is tradition for all the grandchildren, my mom made the special birthday cake to be devoured by the i've-only-had-sugar-once-before-birthday-girl.

some might think she's saying 'all done'

but oh no. not this girl. she was loving that sugar.
{she's my kind of girl}

yummy food

even yummier sweets
{because what's a party without candy as the goodie bag?}

apparently these darling monogram shirts {for the boys} and flower pin shirts {for the girls} were not a good enough party favor {as explained by anna, age 7 and ethan, age 5 on two separate occasions} candy bags are a must at any party. just in case you didn't know.

party hats

the little sweetness with her new baby be blessed dolly

i think she likes her

the birthday girl and her mommy

ready for some birthday party swimming {in 62 weather}

rebecca, me, eric & amy {unintentional pattern makers that we are} enjoying celebrating our niece.

it was a great party with so many cute, creative and special details. good work, mike & hillary, on a party well-thrown and a baby well-made.

happy birthday isabella!


  1. what a pretty party. i love all the stuff. very creative, and your niece is so cute :)

  2. oooooooooh, all of your pics are so cute! my VERY favorite is her in her bakini. thanks for ALL of your help. you're the best (and i can say that here because amy hasn't really entered our blog world). did you happen to get any pictures of the banner? you know, the thing that took me forever? because i didn't! i can't believe it!

  3. You have a beautiful blog...loved todays post...I enjoyed reading your blog today.
    I love all the new blogs
    I have found. Quite a unique group.
    I love making new blogging friends..
    I have several Disney posts already on my blog and have several more to post. Hope you will stop by for a visit.

  4. Fantastic pics, Em. Hmmm....you just might be the next creatively talented photographer with an eye for design and composition. I really enjoyed reading your captions and it was great re-living the very fun day in honor of our littlest one.
    xo mom

  5. Looks like a fabulous party!