The Big Party – The Details

It was such a relief when it the party was over. In the days and weeks leading up to the party I made six dozen cupcakes, one Ella’s sized banana cake, two dozen Oreo truffles, and two dozen chocolate dipped pretzel rods. I also made four pennant banners, a birthday sign, food cards and cards for a special gift to Ella. Thank goodness I had family in town to help me frost and dip, not to mention setup.

The invitation:

The setting: 

The food:

We asked each of our guests to write a little something to add to a time capsule we’ll save for Ella to open when she turns 18 in 2029.

I wrote this poem combining a bunch of similar things I found online. The note sheet I adapted from Elizabeth and customized it with fonts from Ella’s invitation.

It was really fun reading all the things that people wrote. In addition we added a paper from her actual b-day, pictures from every month of her first year that were used in the photo banner, one of her star balloons, her birthday candle, her b-day hat they made with her at daycare and a few other little things.

We also had a pinata, which I paper mached at home. I left the decorating up to Josh and my sister Emma.

It was a pull-string pinata so even the smallest kids/babies could participate. The older kids were definitely disappointed when they found out that there were only Annie’s Bunny Grahams inside and not candy.

Overall I think it was a success. It was touch on the hot side, but it is to be expected in July. This will be the last party of this magnitude we’ll throw for quite some time. It was wonderful having so many friends and family to celebrate Ella’s first birthday with us, but I got myself in over my head with making my vision come to life.

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