It is hard to believe but our daughter is officially one! We celebrated with a low key day on Virginia Parker's actual birthday before celebrating with friends and family in our backyard on a beautiful May afternoon. The last year has absolutely flown by. I get emotional when thinking about how quickly my girl is growing but each new day is so exciting with her. 
When I first started planning, I knew I wanted to have her first birthday in our backyard. I was praying we would have beautiful weather as I didn't have much of a rain plan, and sure enough, it ended up being a sunny (and hot) afternoon. Stephen worked long and hard on our backyard in the months leading up to her party as it needed some work. Funny enough, the night before her actual birthday, we lost power for an unknown reason and the power company had to dig quite the hole in our backyard to fix the problem. Thankfully, it wasn't in a spot where grass had been freshly laid but it will certainly be a funny memory and story to tell. 

When planning her party, I wanted to keep with a simple and classic pink and white theme. I made a crest for her invitations that we ended up using on several things, including her cake and favors. Despite my comments during pregnancy that I wouldn't put my tiny daughter in a huge bow, it's become something she wears quite often so I used a sweet bow detail as well. 
I ordered her cakes from Whole Foods and asked them to match her invitation. We did a vanilla with strawberry buttercream icing cake for our guests as well as cupcakes and did a smaller little vanilla cake for VPW to smash. She was so cute and delicate as she took tiny bites! Below the cakes, I hung photos of her from the last 12 months. I made little month signs to go on each one, using tiny clips to attach to gingham ribbon. 
We decided to rent a bounce house for the backyard and I would do it again in a heartbeat. VP absolutely loved it as did her cousins and friends - and her mama did too! Virginia Parker loved to bounce on her own, show off her front rolls she's learned at baby gymnastics, and be held all around the bounce house. Coastal Bounce Houses was amazing in that they came and set up and broke down and I loved the all-white castle that fit in perfectly with the rest of her theme. 

For other backyard activities, we set up this blow-up pool and added in play balls instead of water and the babies of the party had the best time. This is also such a great backyard activity for when you're spending time outside and I love that it is a multi-function play option.
We kept the food simple for the two o'clock in the afternoon party. We did sandwich, vegetable, and fruit platters from Publix, the always popular nuggets from Chick-fil-a and I made pasta salad to go along with those. I found some adorable cupcake tins from Home Goods and they made the perfect little dishes for baby gold fish and Pirate's Booty. And of course, we served apple sauce pouches for the littles as well!
We set up this beautiful high chair (borrowed from a sweet friend) in the backyard for cake time! Virginia Parker was so sweet with her cake and loved to delicately eat it. Her party hat was gifted to us from Little Happies - and it fit in perfectly with the theme!
Another way to commemorate her first birthday was this beautiful milestone commission done by Christy Britt Designs. I've had my eye on her work for awhile and this felt like the perfect keepsake to display at her party as well as to keep in her room as she grows up.

I also ordered this adorable mini cake stand and plate from Holly Slay Designs with her birthday. I used it as part of her display for her party but used the precious plate for her birthday morning cinnamon roll, which I think will be a monthly tradition!
For favors, we went with decorative cookies and bubbles. My Gals Cookies made some beautiful cookies for a baby shower my cousins threw for be last spring. I used that similar concept for cookies and it only seemed fitting to have Sophie cookies as well since VP loves her puppy and they share the same birthday! The silver platter we used belonged to Stephen's grandmother. She passed away a few short months before we welcomed VPW and she was just so thrilled that we were about to welcome a daughter. It felt special to use a piece of hers at her party. 
Stick bubbles are a hit at our house so I attached a little thank you note to each one. 
I am still in awe that her first birthday has come and gone. It feels like just yesterday that we were in the hospital holding our tiny newborn and we now have a sweet, inquisitive, exploring little girl. We are so thankful for you, our precious Virginia Parker. We love you so very much!

Details:

VP's Outfit: Smocked Auctions
Hair bow: Wee Ones (clipped to a headband)
Party Hat & #1 Cake Topper: c/o Little Happies
High Chair: Borrowed from a friend
High Chair Banner: Etsy
Cakes: Whole Foods
Birthday Plate & Mini Cake Stand: Holly Slay
Monogram & #1 Balloons: Float Balloons
Balloon Arch: Amazon
Cookies: My Gals
Milestone Print: Christy Britt Designs
Pink Blowup Pool / Ball Pit: Target
Gold Bar Cart: Wayfair
Bamboo Frames: Amazon Here & Here
It's hard to believe we're so close to Thanksgiving! I feel like I've blinked and Christmas is already here - but I'm taking full advantage of the holiday season and have our trees up, Hallmark movies on repeat, and Christmas music on full blast. 

This year will be an extra special year as it is our first with our daughter, Virginia Parker. She'll only be 7 months old at Christmas, but it will still be so much fun helping her open gifts - even though her favorites right now are paper and water bottles. 

We're not going crazy on the Christmas gifts this year since she's so little but we did get the Pottery Barn Anywhere chair which came highly recommended as a gift she can use for years to come! We're also doing books and learning toys. 

The above guide is aimed towards the 6 - 12 month age range. Any must haves for the list?!



It's hard to believe that tomorrow kicks off a new season! Summer absolutely flew by and to be honest, I'm sad to see it go. It was such a fun summer of firsts with our little girl, but I know fall (and the holiday season) will be so magical, too. 

I haven't done a ton of shopping for myself lately because I want to buy all the cutest things for her but I do have a few things that have popped onto my radar! Shop them below!

We are two months in with our sweet Virginia Parker and we have certainly found some must-haves that we use on a daily basis! When I was registering for baby items, the process was so overwhelming because I knew there was a good chance that there would be certain things that worked and didn't work for us. Sure enough, there were some "must-haves" that we don't use that much and some other items that ended up surprising us. 
  • Swaddles - when we first brought VP home, we opted for the coveted Ollie swaddle. One night, it was in the laundry room so we decided to give our Halo swaddle a try and that has now become our favorite! While the Ollie was perfect for the first few weeks, I like that the Halo also doubles as a sleep sack and she can continue to use it. 
  • Bottles - I would highly recommend getting a bottle sampler through Babylist. I honestly thought Dr. Brown's was going to be our favorite but we found that she spit up more frequently with those. We are lucky that she will take just about any bottle we've offered, so we tried each bottle in the pack and the Comotomo and Herobility bottles have ended up being our favorite! I had never heard of either so I'm glad we gave the pack a try. 
  • Pacifiers - There are so many pacifiers out there to choose from. She was given a paci in the NICU, so for the first few days home, we continued to offer her that one. One night, I was going through her things and pulled out the MAM newborn pacis - since then, that is her number one choice! We've offered a few others but she only tends to want that one and we definitely have them scattered around the house and in our diaper bag. 
  • Pajamas - Stephen and I both love the Magnetic Me pajamas. We have some amazing gowns by Angel Dear and Kissy Kissy that she wore when she first came home, but we've found that she sleeps the best in the Magnetic Me and they are also a game-changer for those middle of the night diaper changes. We prefer the modal over the cotton. 
  • Stroller & Car Seat - We are really enjoying our car seat and stroller combo! The Pipa Lite attaches seamlessly to the Tavo stroller with no attachments which is perfect for her current size. The only thing I wish the stroller offered was a parent-facing seat option without having to use the car seat. Other than that, we have loved it! We also rarely go anywhere without her stroller fan! It was a baby shower gift that I took with me to the hospital and it was perfect for labor as well. Since it's summertime, we take it with us every time we leave the house - just in case!
  • Loungers - We have absolutely loved the Dock-a-Tot, Boppy Lounger, and Fisher Price Bouncy Seat. We use each of them daily!
  • Blankets & Swaddles - When we're headed out, I always grab our buggy blanket from Beaufort Bonnet. We also really love the Copper Pearl swaddles - we use just as blankets!

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