Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ruby's First Birthday

The days are long, but the years are short. This statement had NEVER been more true to me in my life. Ruby's turned ONE on April 15th and I'm just now writing about the party. See what I mean, where does the time go? Since I'm so good at procrastinating should I start planning her second birthday now? ha.

The first year flew by faster than any year before it. It was an incredibly rewarding and blur of a year. Boom, just like that.. we now have a very busy toddler on our hands. I could cry just thinking of how quickly time is ticking but I try to focus on all the good and just soak it up. One snap at a time.

It's crazy to think about just how teeny tiny she was, how many explosive poops I cleaned up, and how TERRIFIED I was before she came, the stress of learning how to breastfeed, I cried for weeks from exhaustion and stress. It was a beautiful blur and introduction to motherhood. This year has by far been the most challenging and rewarding year to date. It's my total and complete jam and I wouldn't change it for a thing.

I remember at her 6-month mark thinking that I better start planning a party but felt it was too soon. I probably should have started because I blinked and it was April 1st and I had a party to plan.
I had a vision and I knew that I wanted to bake her a cake from scratch and top it with the "one" sign from our wedding table numbers.

From the colorful decorations to bites and drinks it all flowed in my head. At the end of the day I wanted a pretty little party and to make sure we wer'e surrounded by our friends and family. I decided on a brunch spread of cold brew (duh!) mimosas (in a park!?! yep! we did!) donuts (because, donuts - duh!) and fresh fruit to balance it all out. I tried to keep it simple but let's be real here, I was a crazy planning mama and went over-the-top.

We gathered at a park in South Pasadena on a hot Saturday morning. Ruby was getting over a cold and was less than thrilled at times, where was her perky self when we needed it?! I hired a photographer to capture every single moment, a florist to make our flower crowns and a few arrangements for the table and phoned in some favors to make the beautiful tissue paper garlands and Ruby is one banner. I'd like to think that I thought of everything.

To be honest, I felt like it was a miniature wedding and at times I felt a little over the top but it was so much fun and she only turn's one ONCE! I let myself fully soak up the party vibes and the fact that my baby was growing up before so darn fast!

but first, coffee 

I'm all about the little details. 
snacks for the babes.

the table number "one" from our wedding day table numbers, so special to me. I plan to use them every year until she is 16. 

showing Ruby her cake

so much goodness in this photo. 

delicately tasting the frosting.  

sweet sweet girl. 

 Ruby has a lot of men in her life. 

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our girl turning one. 

Photography: Red Anchor Photo

Unicorn PiƱata: Lula flora designs

Ruby is one banner + Woolie ball Garland: Hooray Everyday

Tissue Paper Tassels: @silverlake_sisters

Snack Bags: @itzyritzy

Freeze dried fruit snacks: @littleduckorg

Teepee:  Tnees Tpees

Gold cake stand: Target

To-Go Cups: Target

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