We traveled back to IL a few weeks ago for Drew’s brother’s wedding and thought it would be a great opportunity to throw Harper a 1st birthday party while family was in town. We had the party at my mom’s house (where I’ve had all my parties – bridal shower, baby shower.) My sister, brother-in-law and cute niece came from New York just for the occasion!
I decided to do a polka dot theme – simple enough to tie the decorations together. I ordered a custom polka dot dress on Etsy for the guest of honor. Drew and I had to wear polka dots too!
My sister, mom and brothers helped decorate while we were busy with wedding festivities.
Of course with all the photos I’ve taken of this girl in the past 12 months – I had to highlight a few!
The decorations looked great, the food looked delicious and the birthday girl looked adorable in her polka dot dress. Everyone was ready to party…except Harper. Sadly, she had come down with a fever the night before (while at the wedding…) and was quite out of sorts the whole weekend. (She ended up having a high fever for 4 days straight, a rash from the fever, an ear infection and a molar poke through a few days later. Needless to say, it made flying home the next day pretty unbearable.) So Harper was not in the mood to be around a big group of people, but we tried to keep her comfortable and happy.
Snuggles from Mamie always help!
Hanging out with Aunt Lisa and cousin Avery!
Time to sing Happy Birthday and blow out her candle!
She didn’t want to have anything to do with smashing a cake. “What’s a cake? Why are you putting this thing in front of me? Why’s everyone looking at me?” I stuck her finger in the frosting and she did not like that one bit.
I tried to get her to have a little taste. It’s good I promise!
“Hmmm this isn’t so bad.”
After that she perked up a little bit.
Spinning around on daddy’s shoulders helped too.
So the smash cake didn’t get smashed. It barely got touched. But that’s ok – it was fun to try!
Then we went outside and played with bubbles.
It was fun to see friends and family and for them to finally meet Harper – even though she was scared of almost everyone. That’s life with a baby – you never know what to expect and you just gotta go with the flow. Thanks to my family for hosting and helping with the party! Harper is lucky to have some many people love her!