vivi’s first birthday party!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I’m excited to post the photos from Vivi’s birthday party today!  It was such a perfect afternoon, even if it was a bit overwhelming for the birthday girl herself.  I just felt like it was worth a huge celebration for our little family.  We made it!  Chip and I made it through our first year of parenting, and Vivi survived her first year with parents who still have a lot to learn.  I am so excited we have reached this milestone, and equally as thrilled that her birthday will be a yearly kickoff to a wonderful season of celebrating Christmas and family.  Vivi’s birthday “theme” was Vivi.  I wanted it to reflect her, and hopefully let some of the guests learn a little more about our little Peanut.  We ended up having quite a crowd (guess that is one of the perks of being the first baby of your generation on both sides of the family!), but much of them don’t get to see Vivi as often as any of us would like due to time or location, so this was a chance for them to see a slice of her life.  The menu featured grown-up (or at least slightly more interesting) versions of her favorite items: lasagna cupcakes, pecan kisses, blueberries & brie, banana pudding, and sweet potato chips,  along with a few other items just to round things out.  One of my favorite parts was the “wall of Vivi” where we hung up each of her monthly photos.  I really hadn’t looked at them all side by side, and it was so fun to see how she changed each month!   (I used Scotch poster tape, and it worked perfectly!  Not a scratch on the walls, and the pictures stayed up well after the party.)In the backyard, we had a fire with some seating and played a slideshow of Vivi’s first year, which was really fun.  The Peanut Theater sign is one of my favorite “keepsakes” from the party, and I’m hoping to find a spot to hang it more permanently.  We had popcorn and coffee and Chip and I quietly sang happy birthday to our sweet girl (who is easily overwhelmed by large crowds making noises all at once).  It was a perfect afternoon, and such a treat to celebrate with those who love Vivi most.  To top it all off, below is Vivi’s beloved Uncle Kemble, in a tribute to her monthly photo shoots:

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32 responses to “vivi’s first birthday party!”

  1. Heather says:

    What a cute party! And I love the photo at the bottom! Hilarious.

  2. Katie says:

    This is the cutest 1st birthday party I’ve ever seen! So sweet 🙂 Congrats to you and your beautiful family, thanks for sharing!

  3. Jamie Baker says:

    how fun!  what a sweet party.  oh, and i died laughing at uncle kemble. ha!

  4. Thenewdiplomatswife says:

    a beautiful party for a beautiful family !

  5. Kendra says:

    ha! uncle kemble gave me just the laugh I needed today. hysterical!

  6. Steph says:

    So fun! And so glad we were able to be there to celebrate.
    Kemble’s pic is priceless. HILARIOUS!
    Love you!

  7. Julia Fain says:

    what a gorgeous party! 

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  9. Julie Slappey says:

    So cute Joni!! Looks like you made memories. So cute. Love the party! The photo of Uncle Kemble is priceless!!

  10. Naushin says:

    This party, and those monthly pictures of Vivi, are just so perfect! Well done to you, Mama, for keeping up with it and for doing such a good job with everything.

  11. Lynne says:

    What an adorable and lovely party.  You were just spot on with every little detail.   Thanks for sharing!  Uncle Kemble’s pic is priceless!

  12. One word – ADORABLE. I love that you created a gorgeous party, but it also looked like SO much fun! So many parties can look like ‘display only’ but this not only looked beautiful, it looked like a great place to be. And that final photo? Hilarious!

  13. Candace says:

    Haha! I know uncle Kemble! We went to high school together! I love your blog! Happy birthday Vivi!

  14. Susan says:

    Looks great, and I really wish I was a graphic designer. You make anything look amazing! 🙂

  15. Longlloyd says:

    Wow what a wonderful day. You are such great parents and the party looked unbelievable. The decorations are so creative.
    Love Paulette



  17. Julie Q says:

    This is the coolest post ever!! What a wonderful party

  18. kelly says:

    I’m a little embarrassed to say I’m getting choked up just looking at these beautiful pictures! The evening slideshow is such a clever idea.
    Also, on an earlier post I said I was curious about how the “no gifts” request would turn out. How’d it go? 

    • Joni Lay says:

      Aww, thanks Kelly!  The gifts turned out perfectly.  She did get some from others besides her grandparents, but it ended up being just right.  Most of those who brought gifts were close family members, and I was glad that none of our friends felt obligated.

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  20. Kristina Carter says:

    this is seriously one of the sweetest birthday parties i’ve ever seen.  thank you so much for sharing this with all of us.  she’s beautiful!

  21. Lmtxoxo says:

    Loving the use of black & white chevron fabric for the photoshoot!  I did a Black Friday post on my blog similar showcasing black & white rooms on!  🙂  Pinned this on my Pinterest!

  22. Jessica Tyler says:

    Best first birthday ever! Classic but original.  Bright, yet serene.  So beautiful and personal.  Great job!!

  23. Laura Hill says:

    Congrats on One year! I remember my little Emily’s first birthday like it was yesterday. Did she get to smash a cake (or even a cupcake)? Maybe that just a Southern tradition though. You are a beautiful mother and the love that you have for your little Vivi is so evident in this blog. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us.

    • Joni says:

      Hi Laura!  Sorry for the late response.:)  We did give her a cupcake the day before (on her actual birthday!) and she liked it ok, but it wasn’t quite the enthusiastic response I was hoping for, haha.  We didn’t do a smash cake at her party, because I just knew she wouldn’t do well with everyone watching her, so we just held her and sang happy birthday and gave her some of the banana pudding on a spoon.  Thank you for the sweet comments!

  24. Nicole says:

    This is the most beautiful birthday celebration… EVER! I’m in love…

  25. This is the cutest, most thoughtful birthday party I’ve seen.  I am in love.  Thanks for sharing!  We sadly, were in the middle of a cross country move for both of my daughter’s birthdays (she is 2.5) thanks to the Air Force.  We celebrated as a family, but I’ve always wanted to have a big celebration!  Hopefully for her third!  There are so many great ideas here!  I’ll have to use some of them and make this next birthday and party to remember!  

  26. love all the cards and printouts!! where did you get them done? what a lovely party and thanks for sharing!  Glad I discovered you through Jen!

  27. Kendra Metzger says:

    so impressed with your creativity.. looks like she had a wonderful first birthday!

  28. Aflier47 says:

    where did you get that striped tablecloth?!  SOOOOO perfect of a party!

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