I changed my blog over to my website because 1) I hate Wordpress and do NOT understand it at all and 2) I wanted a fresh start. Unfortunately, I am technologically challenged in the greatest sense of the phrase and so I wasn't able to simply "transfer" the page here. So! I am sad that I lost a lot of content and followers, but wanted to bring one of my favorite posts from last year over, and will be blasting this new blog address to everyone soon!

Our little man is ONE! I can't believe it's already been a year since he was born. I can't believe how much more wonderful and blessed our lives are every day with him. I won't get sappy here (but I did create a coffee table book with pictures from his first year and pretty much bawl every time I read the intro page... that I wrote. Who am I?) Anyway! We threw Press a fall themed first birthday party, and totally lucked out with a beautiful November day! It was such a special morning filled with friends and family... and lots of kiddos to keep it lively.

I couldn't think of a really "theme" for the party, so we just stuck with general fall. Lots of mums, pumpkins, hay bales, and a navy/brown/gold color palette. We had an amazing photographer capture all of the details and I'm kinda completely obsessing over all the photos and reliving the special day!

Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions catered for us and took my basic idea of "BBQ, mac & cheese, & brussel sprouts" to the next level with root beer pulled pork sliders, a mac & cheese bar with toppings, and an amazing roasted brussel sprout, mushroom and tomato dish. We had some apple squeezies, rice cobs and Pirate's Booty out for quick snacks for kids. We also did a Caramel Apple Bar, with slices to drizzle with caramel, chocolate and seasalt, and little applesauce "shooters" so babies could partake in the fun, too! For cocktails, we had cider beers and some other specialty brews, and a special apple sangria cocktail with prosecco, cognac, apple cider, and pomegranate. For the kiddos we did apple juice boxes and apple cider. We put out lots of toys to keep everyone entertained, and at the last minute I found some edible markers (Gourmet Writers) and set up a cookie decorating bar outside for the older kids--MAJOR hit and I highly recommend for parties! (Click through the gallery below for more photos!)

We asked guests to bring diapers as a donation instead of gifts, and are excited to take Press with us to drop them off this week at Children's Mercy Hospital. (UPDATE: We dropped them off, and they were SO IMPRESSED with the amount--two pallets!-- and generosity of all our friends! THANK YOU!)

And last but not least- the cake! Press isn't much of a sugar guy (he prefers hot sauce, lemons, and any kind of meat...bizarre) but he LOVED his cake from 3 Women and an Oven! I made the little cake toppers to complement all the banners I had made for each room, and laid out cupcakes from Judie's Bakery in the same triangle pattern. Add some balloons and a little fire (candle) and we had one happy one year old! I know he had as much fun as we did celebrating the first of many birthdays with such amazing friends!

He was SUCH a ham the entire day... Not that he usually keeps to himself or holds back on smiles, but I swear he knew it was all about him and he. was. loving it.

Here is my favorite picture our amazing photographer took right when he was waking up from his morning nap before the party. I mean, this is probably my favorite picture EVER. In the history of the world.

Enjoy your second birthday in the basement of Chuckie Cheese, buddy! We love you!


Photos by Alea Lovely