from the archives: gracie’s 1st birthday

i was randomly looking through some old pictures on my computer and stumbled on these from gracie’s 1st birthday party.

these were in our first house in this town, the house sean refinished floor to ceiling, wall to wall. i’m going to have to search through my piles of pictures and scan some in (pre-digital days, people) to show you what a wreck this house was, and how we transformed give you an idea of the before, it was previously a halfway house.
yuck. gross. nasty.

i made the paper bag flowers from a tutorial from martha.
the roses were from costco (great source for flowers).
the cupcakes were for the kids, the little cake was for gracie to dig into, and the big cake was a brownie cake for me, i mean the adults.

tons of memories come back looking at these pics, just mostly about the house and all the work we (mostly sean) put into it.

this was our little back patio. the main structure came with the house, but we closed it in with the railing and added the windows. this house is in a very windy part of town, so the windows were a failed attempt to keep some of the breeze out.
the stone pathway was leftover from concrete we had jack hammered out.
more paper flowers were hung outside, and the yard was lined with bright pinwheels for each of the guests to take home.
a couple little pink wagons from target held all the drinks.

and we gave in and did the bounce house thing.
at least it coordinated with the rest of the decorations.
yep, i’m lame like that.

i’ll go digging in the archives for more fun stuff!



  1. 1

    Aww looks like it was a great party and the house is really cute!

  2. 2

    I remember that neighborhood before it was revitalized (I lived in the apartments nearby in my college days), and I remember seeing yours for the first time and thinking, Wow! It's perfect! And your new house is even more perfect – how is that possible?

  3. 3

    What a cute party. I'd love to see more pics of your old house. It looks fabulous from what I can see in these pics.

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    Joyful Weddings and Events says:

    Oh, I loved that house! So many memories from that sweet party too :)

  5. 5

    What beautiful pictures!

  6. 6

    How sweet & awesome! I love the paper bag flowers, very neat! And I love your former back porch, very pretty :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    ((hugs & blessings))

  7. 7

    SUPER cute and fun party that was perfect for a little one year old princess! GREAT JOB! LOVE the colors~!

  8. 8

    ohhh and your pergola rocks! I have a pergola too that I'm still in love with but I'm jealous that it's warm enough there for you to use yourS!

  9. 9

    Cute cute cute. I love the back porch and the window idea. Just lovely!



  10. 10

    I love the decorations and the cakes! Everything is so pretty!

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    The Mangerchine's says:

    Your home is so beautiful, I love it!!!!


  12. 12

    i loved that house.
    it was fun to watch it be transformed. helped me to imagine making this little ranch house more.
    that house was also a place of refuge for me when my kids were so little. we all felt relief from life when we went to aunt lindseys.

  13. 13

    Beautiful party you did! And your home looked so lovely too. I am in love with that wall of photos!!

    Also, I know you like kids' parties so I wanted to tell you that I have a party post on my blog right now of a Spy Party I did. It was super fun and I'd love for you to see it. <3

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    twojunkchix says:

    oooh, I LOVE it! I am "lame" too and like everything to coordinate :)

  15. 15

    WOW, those flowers are amazing. What a fabulously chic party for a little lady!

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