Sunday, September 25, 2011

Birthday Party!

Anna's big day was such a success! A big thank you to EVERYONE who spent their Saturday celebrating with us. It really meant a lot to us that you came to our party and we genuinely hope that you had a wonderful time. Anna Bean was spoiled rotten with a million presents, ate some yummy Funfetti cake, and was quite the social little butterfly.

We've got a lot of out of town family and friends, so I'll share some details of the party. Hopefully it will help you feel like you were part of the day too!

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The lunch menu included:

Chicken salad croissant sandwiches
Red pepper ratatouille pasta salad
Cucumber salad
Tomato and basil bruschetta
Mini bacon quiches
Pigs in a blanket (special request from Steve, he loves those things)
Fruit
Artichoke dip
Veggies and dip

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Our beverage table held a tub full of beer and wine, a dispenser of strawberry lemonade, and a bowl full of yummy strawberry champagne punch. We also had a cooler of water and sodas.

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The kiddo corner!

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Our dessert table held Anna's giant Funfetti cupcake with strawberry frosting, a strawberry cake, a coconut cake, and mini Funfetti cupcakes.

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The birthday girl inspected the porch with Daddy, waiting for her guests to arrive.

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The entryway table with favor bags, and all of the sweet cards that we had gotten in the mail. The favor bags contained maraschino cherry shortbread cookies dipped in white chocolate.

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Banana's pre-cake party outfit.

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I made sure to snap a couple of guest pictures. I didn't get a picture of everyone unfortunately but I'm happy I got a few, at least.

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The cutie patooties that live down the street - Susan, Jake, and Daniel.

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Anna's favorite lunch buddy, Kara.

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My whole fam.

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Mom and sis. Allyson braved a case of food poisoning to show up and so we have to give her mad props.

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Jackson, who charmingly appointed himself doorman to the porch, and to whom I also kept sneaking junk food.

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Anna cruised her way down the couch to say hi to SuSu.

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Carolyn came and showed off her walking skills and her cup skills, and also put her stamp of approval on the play room.

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We turned around at one point during the party to discover that Anna had decided it was time to open presents. By the way, I love that the biggest, girliest bags were brought in by our very masculine guy friends, Gordon and Andrew. Love those guys!

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Time for cake!

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The adorable girls next door stopped in. Anna loves them. She watches them out of her playroom windows while they're playing in the cul-de-sac, and she was beyond thrilled to discover them at her party.

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Unwrapping presents!

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Anna conked out just as the last guests were leaving, what a trooper! We wrapped up the night with pizza and football...a perfect way to end the day  :-)

Happy Birthday, Beautiful Girl. We love you so much and hope you enjoyed your big day!!

3 comments:

Nicole said...

Ahhh so happy to see these pictures!! Looks like it was a great success =) Thank you for sharing and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Anna! I can't believe it's been a year already =)

Robin said...

What a great party! I love her little outfit! Happy Birthday Anna!

Lisa Elaine said...

So I just re-read this post because I decided to do a one year party after all. But we will have to keep it super simple. So my question is did you open gifts at the party? I'm thinking it will be too overwhelming for Anna (and me) to open a lot of gifts, so maybe it would be better to say "no gifts", but that's kind of sad, too. IDK. Thoughts on this? I have never been to a one-year birthday party!