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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Macie's birthday party!

Macie's birthday was so much fun! Although we were sad that some of our friends couldn't come, all of our guests are so very special in our lives!  I decided that I would do 75% of the decorating myself, even though the 'Rec center where we held the party would decorate as part of the cost.  Nope, this Mama figured this was my only chance/year when Macie wouldn't have a say in what we did.  :)
A long long time ago, (like when she was in my womb) I knew we'd do a fancy cupcake theme.  In fact, my friend Janette named Macie "Cuppy Cake" when she found out I was pregnant and predicted that she was in fact, a GIRL cuppy from the get go.  :)  So, I began to search online for ideas for the party, and despite the mother of all websites (Pinterest) failing me, I sort of came up with my own ideas and projects.  It was easy to think I'd do pink, purple and yellow, and then miraculously I found the same colored items in a first birthday girl theme at the party supply store!  I kid you not! :)  I worked frantically for a couple of weeks to construct all the decorations, and even though it doesn't really look like that much in this gigantic (and otherwise, NOT girly decorated) room, it really was a lot of work! :)  I plan to make another post with "how-tos" of decorating, so that I may add to the fabulous Pinster world! :)  For now, I'll just tell you about the party...
Here is Macie playing with the ring toss rings while we get things ready

They are swallowed up by this huge room, but there are my cupcake liner hanging flower balls (I made them up!) :) 

Our guests!

Macie with her gorgeous smash cake!  It turned out so perfect I cannot stand it!

Her little pink, purple and yellow "cupcake" cake.  LOVED IT!

First chocolate of her life!

Some of our guests, some came later for swimming

Digging in!
Little Zach and little Liam


Great friends!

Daddy encouraging Macie to go for it!

Our besties the Swilors :) 
An up close of the favors- I made cupcake crayons, rubber duckies and a cupcake eraser

Tearing it up!



Hugo, Lucy and Liam


Zach and Luce

Our beloved Andersons.  They came early to help us set up and we couldn't have done it without them!  Seriously, we had less than 20 minutes to set up!  If they wouldn't have been there it would have been impossible!
Macie's buddy Duke (He works for Lee and babysits for us!)

Zach playing the ring toss game

Ring toss!

Nicki and Luce!

Zach about to play stick the candle on the "1"

Melissa helping Zach with his sticker (he won!  Blindfolded!)

Luce will stick her sticker on now

The room
Cupcakes and sweet treats bar


"1" made of cupcake liners (Thank you Pinster!)

Cupcakes from a fancy bakery here in town.  DELISH!

Zach, Lee, Macie and Liam

Joe and Zach, Liam and James

The Stahlers (Lee works with Karl) and Kaylee coming to say hi to me!

Little Zac

My birthday banner.  This I truly came up with all on my own! :)  Cupcake liners!  Turned out perfectly!  I even painted the clothespins pink.  I'm so crafty! :)  hee hee

Daddy and birthday girl

To-go treat bags

LUCE!  Macie's bestie!

Julie and Kaylee, Duke and Grace (with Macie) and Lee

Month by month pictures.  Now you know why I took them! :)  I got the idea online but I made my own cupcake liner labels.  That was all me!  God had to have given me these ideas b/c I don't have that much craftiness in my pinky finger!

Favor table
I made the tissue paper flowers

Gift table

Table filled with our favorite people

My Marybeth "MB" Love her!

Me and my birthday girlie girl

Lee rolling Macie to greet her guests

More stick the "1" on the cupcake

The winner!


Bro and Sis

Liam takes a shot at it

And now....THE FUN PART!!!! Thankfully, my dear friend Nicki had her camera (and always does) and Michael sat out and snapped tons of pics!  I didn't take any in the pool area.

Zac and his daddy Luke

Liam had to give Macie her gift from him :)

Lucy thinking about jumping in

Us gals! :)

Mace and Luce :)

Our crew
The pool is sooo cool!  Indoor big slide, zero entry pool area, and spray/splash area with little slides

Daddy and the birthday girl!

Splishin' and a Splashin'

The Swilors

Too much fun!

Lucy is sooo petite.  We were comparing her (16 months) with Hugo who is 3 months :) 

Meliss and Zach

The awesome Pummels!

The gals chatting.  So Vickie decided we all needed to go down the big slide!  We were giddy as we took turns going down!  It was all us "big girls"

our crew!

Nick and Luce

What a wonderfully blessed day!   We had so much fun and everyone said that they had so much fun!  We may just go back next year and this time, Mom will let the rec center decorate for us! :) 

Here are some FUN videos of the big days!  It looks like a lot but they are so cute and super short! :) Worth the watch! 

Here is a video of Macie opening her gifts: Here are some short videos of her very first sugar in a cupcake! Here's one of her REALLY enjoying her cupcake! :) Little chatty cupcake eater saying "MMMMMMMMM" BIG BIG BIG Ole' handful of icing!!! Very first cupcake taste ever!!!! Skyping with Grandmommy and Papa
Practicing for the big day!

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