Sunday, November 20, 2011

Henry's 1st birthday party

Henry's 1st Birthday Party

Ahh, what a wonderful and positively special day! Today we celebrated our sweet Henry's birthday, and it was pretty amazing to look around the room and see so many of our most favorite people, all there for Henry. It still blows me away to feel the love on days like today, and I can't thank our friends and family enough for being such beautiful parts of our life, especially Henry's. He's a lucky, lucky boy.

I had a ton of fun creating and crafting every little detail and even making Henry's bowtie. I actually made Hank a matching one too, but he wasn't into it! ha. Being that the party was at two o'clock, I decided to do more of an appetizer/light lunch spread, so I made caprese bites (cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella drizzled with balsamic vinegar), vegan pasta salad, artichoke and spinach dip, hummus and pitas, and lots of veggies. For dessert I ordered six dozen cupcakes from a local bakery and a much larger-than-expected smash cake for Henry. The cupcakes were seriously GREAT. I tried a little of each kind, and my favorite was probably the red velvet. We also had some other flavors- chocolate sea salt caramel, carrot cake, birthday cake surprise (kind of like a fancy funfetti), and lemon supreme. Yum.

One of my favorite parts of the party was sharing a video I made of the past year. There weren't many dry eyes in the room, and it was really neat to be able to commemorate this past year in such a special way. I'll be sharing that movie here on his actual birthday (on Tuesday), so check back in a few days if you'd like to see it too! Another touch I loved was the "12 months of Henry" photos I strung on green and white baker's twine above the food area. It was neat to see them all lined up, and our guests really enjoyed it too.

Overall the party was beyond successful. Henry was in great spirits the entire time, there was enough food and drink to go around, and the "thank you" bags of cookies I made for guests to take as they left were all snatched up. All in all, it was the best day and the most wonderful way to celebrate our sweet birthday boy. 

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silhouette originally created by Mando at Immaculate Tattoo (same silhouette that is on my arm). Made into a digital file and altered by the talented Lindsay Goldner.

73 comments:

  1. Aaaaaaaaaaaaawww...what a lovely party.And great pics from Henry and your frieds and family.
    Enjoyed watching it so much <3

    Mel

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  2. Wow, you did an amazing job, Henry's party looked incredible! xo

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  3. so sweet.. :) Love it.. Happy birthday henry.. :)

    Irene Wibowo

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  4. Everything looked so lovely and it is so wonderful that your family and friends could be there to help you celebrate the first year of his life! :)

    Happy (early) birthday, Henry! (It is the 22nd, right? I think so...if I'm wrong, I'm sorry.) Evelyn says hi, and she really likes your blonde hair. ;)

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  5. you did such a beautiful job!
    everything looks amazing. : )

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  6. What a beautiful party! Glad it was such a success for you x

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  7. Ahh, such a lovely party! Everything looked perfect ^_^ You did a great job! Happy birthday Henry!!

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  8. Aww, what a great party! Looks like a great time was had by all. Happy Birthday Henry!

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  9. looks like you all had a fabulous time! we had my youngest son's first birthday party yesterday as well. it was a great day for a party! :)

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  10. hapy birthday to him!!
    the party look amazing!!
    great job!
    xoxo

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  11. So cute! I loved his bow-tie and suspenders! Adorable!

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  12. Okay, I love everything about this: the cake banner, the photos, the silhouette - it's all so simple and chic. Well done, Mama.

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  13. Happy belated birthday Henry! Honestly, that was one of the sweetest birthday parties I've seen. You put so much detail into it! I can't wait to see the video :)

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  14. What a lovely birthday party! I am just loving the whole photo banner and cake set-up.

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  15. What a beautiful party! I love the decor and desserts. you did a lovely job! Looks like he had a great time, the cake on the face pic is classic!

    Here's to wishing him many many many more joyful, healthy, lovely birthdays to come!

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  16. Danielle, what a gorgeous party! I love everything single detail! Congratulations celebrating your first year with sweet Henry! Each year gets better and better! You have a beautiful family and look surrounded by love! And that's the sunshine that helps babies grow!
    Thanks for sharing Henry's special day!

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  17. you did a BEAUTIFUL job Danielle! :)

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  18. this is the cutest thing! You did an amazing job.

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  19. Oh my goodness. Henry's reactions to the cake are absolutely priceless!

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  20. It looks like everyone had an amazing time- Danielle you made the place look gorgeous for his birthday! It's crazy to see how big Henry is getting and how MUCH he's starting to look like his daddy haha :)

    Really happy it turned out so nicely for the family overall... I kind of want some of those cupcakes, they look soooo good!

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  21. such a cool birthday party, and his little bow tie is adorable!

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  22. What an adorable day for your family and friends. I love the photo timeline you hung on the wall. And his handsome little bowtie is so cute.

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  23. that is the largest smash cake i have ever seen ;)

    the pictures are beautiful.

    happy birthday henry.

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  24. These are just wonderful Danielle! I love that you went with the silhouette from your arm for a main decorating theme!

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  25. Happy Day! A good looking family you have there. :)





    You're carpet looks so soft and comfy. Weird thing to say??

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  26. It was an amazing 1st Birthday Party for a wonderful little boy!

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  27. That's not just sometimes sweet...that's all over the place, every wakin' moment sweet... Watch out..glue your eyes open so you don't blink and all of the sudden find 'em standin there lookin' you square in the eyes...sniff, sniff...

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  28. Happy birthday Henry!! One day, when he's older, he'll look at those pictures and feel so very blessed to have you as his family! :)

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  29. what a special little guy! You did great. Happy Birthday Henry!

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  30. What an adorable birthday party!! the 12 months of pictures is so cute and Henry's face with the big Mickey, priceless!!
    So cute!!
    And, I know Natalie!! Small world.

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  31. Happy Birthday to Henry!!!
    What a fantastic party. Everything looked beautiful. The little details you put into it are amazing. I'd say it was a very successful 1st birthday :)

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  32. What a special party! <3 You're right- Henry is a very lucky boy! =] It's pretty funny that his smush cake was so big! I love his monthly pictures!!

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  33. How sweet! I love how Henry has his thumb in his mouth in most of the photos--too cute!! And the bowtie!!

    You did a wonderful job with everything! I especially like the photo garland. I'm making a note of that for when we have little ones. ;) It looks like you all had a very special day.

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  34. look at that hair!

    i lovelove the banner/collage that you made for henry's 12 months, so cute!

    those cupcakes and caprese... yum!

    well done, mama!

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  35. This is the cutest 1st birthday party I've ever seen! Love the cupcakes and the pictures of him each month! So so adorable.


    ♥ LW

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  36. Henry sure walked away with quite the loot of toys! Looks like it was a great day. Love all of the crafty little details you put together.

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  37. woah lucky little guy! Everything looks so amazing!!! and his little outfit is adorable. :))

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  38. Happy 1st Birthday to Henry! What great photos of a special day.

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  39. Oh, what a beautiful celebration. You are such a precious momma. I love your heart for your family. The day looked absolutely perfect!

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  40. beautiful party, mama! beautiful family and beautiful little boy!

    happy happy birthday, little henry!

    xoxo

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  41. looks like so much fun!!! great party :)

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  42. What a beautiful party!
    When he grows up, I'm sure he'll appreciate all the trouble you went to to make sure his party was awesome.

    My parents just put me in a dress, and put a cake in front of me for my first birthday, haha.

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  43. Henry is the luckiest little guy! His tiny little bowtie and ukulele just kill me! Hardest pangs of baby fever I've gotten in ages! Looks like a beautiful party and happy birthday to little Mr. H!

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  44. looks like everything turned out just perfect! so glad it was a good time with loved ones. Henry is one lucky boy! <3

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  45. my goodness! what an amazing little party. happy birthday henry.

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  46. Practically Perfect In Every Way (Mary Poppins ref)
    But can we just zero in on those cupcakes--my word they look amazing!

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  47. Happy birthday Henry! Looks like a great party.

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  48. It looks like it truly was an amazing party! I especially love the pictures of Henry smashing the cake. Oh happy day!

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  49. Henry's party looks and sounds like it was a wonderful day. What a lucky birthday boy. And I am chocking up all kinds of inspiration and ideas from your catering and decorations - so beautifully done!

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  50. 100% awesome! What a wonderful celebration! It looks like Henry had a fantastic time and was surrounded by all that love him. Congratulations Henry on a fabulous first year!
    Toni, Dave and baby Frank xo

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  51. I almost drooled looking at those Sea salt caramel cupcakes. Glad the party was fun.

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  52. you did such a good job! i'm definitely going to be remembering your party when we have our own for our baby boy in 4 months!
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  53. looks like such a nice time! and henry is becoming a little man! so cute!!

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  54. This is such a blast! You guys clearly had so much fun. :) Happiest of birthdays to Henry. He may not remember this awesome shindig but I'm sure he'll look back on these photos and feel pretty awesome :)

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  55. so adorable, well done dani!!!

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  56. What a darling party!!! You did a fantastic job.

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  57. Amazing photos! He will have such sweet photos to look back on when he is older! I love Hanks face when he is holding the cake... priceless! He looks so happy! What a great weekend! Happy Birthday Henry!

    Hayley
    http://theweekendfile.blogspot.com

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  58. Awww happy birthday to Henry!! The party looked awesome, you did such a great job with everything Dani!! Wish I could be there to give the little guy a hug but give him one for me and know we're sending love from Hawaii <3

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  59. Thank you for sharing such a special day in your family's life. Looks like it was a success! I love the theme/decorations! Happy Bday, Henry!

    ox,
    Christina

    www.becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com

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  60. Wow you really went all out xD Looks like it was a beautiful party and I hope he had lots of fun!

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  61. You did such an amazing job on the party! It all looks so amazing! Happy Birthday, Henry!

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  62. Happy Birthday Henry!!

    The party looks awesome!!

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  63. What a great party! You should be a party planner. Seriously. Such great ideas! What a lucky boy :)

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  64. You have the sweetest fist birthday! It is so lovely.

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  65. wow wow wow what an amazing party! really enjoyed seeing that! thanks for sharing!

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  66. awwww! happy birthday (a little late) henry! so sweet! henry is so loved. and your family is so beautiful! happy one year of mama-hood, danielle!

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