Papers for the Party

Now that we have partied our patriotic little hearts out, it’s on to the real highlight of our summer.  Waverly’s first birthday is less than two weeks away & we can hardly wait to celebrate such a big milestone for our little sunshine.
I am fairly sure I have taken the You Are My Sunshine theme to another level, considering I’m pretty sure I’ve woken up to the theme song in my head on several different occasions.
  Waverly’s invites were really important to me.  I have a weird obsession with paper products & find myself mailing some sort of card almost on a weekly basis.  I always think a sweet note or pretty piece of paper totally makes someone’s day, especially in a world that I don’t think it happens often enough. 
For the invite, I naturally decided to go with a picture of Waverly Maye.  I thought it was only fitting, and I obviously didn’t mind an excuse for another photo shoot.  Since it involved cake, my sweet-tooth sweetie didn’t mind either.

I am SO in love with the pictures.  They completely capture Waverly’s personality and the theme of her party perfectly.  Thank you to Nicole of N.A. Barrett Photography for doing an amazing job.  So much so, that I chose this Shutterfly design with two of the pictures and a small section of text with only important information for the day of the event.

A special THANK YOU to Jess at Sadie Sky Boutique for making Waverly’s beautiful headband.  Waverly will be rocking it with pride at her party soon!  At the risk of covering it in cake (which it was), I decided to save the actual tutu she will be wearing the day of the party until then.  For the photos, I bought two cheap tutus at a children’s consignment store and layered them.  Super easy & did the trick.

PS – That attire was about the only thing my “over-planner” personality had planned that day.  Lucky for me, I was able to get a cake stand, balloons, and a sunshine-themed cake all at the last minute.  Unlucky for me, the sight of those balloons caused an 11-month old meltdown in the car ride on the way there.   And that car ride there was during Waverly’s bedtime & without dinner.  I’ll stop there.  A picture doesn’t always tell 1000 words.  I am sure she will enjoy the story one day. 🙂


  1. July 15, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    SO CUTE! She looks so adorable! We did a cake smash for our little guys first birthday and it was the funnest thing ever. Looks like she enjoyed it !! 🙂

  2. July 15, 2013 / 3:53 pm

    LOVE these pictures!

  3. July 15, 2013 / 5:37 pm

    Ashley, those pics are fantastic!! Love everything about them – especially the pop of the colors against the rustic bridge! Soooo cute!

  4. July 15, 2013 / 6:47 pm

    omgosh so adorable! And gf I know what you mean about the meltdowns.. I attempted our first shoot for her newborn pics.. everytime i layed her down she would scream.. we managed to get like 4 good shots haha

  5. July 15, 2013 / 7:02 pm

    Love the sunshine theme! These are great pictures:) Cutest sunshine ever!

  6. July 15, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    I die. Those pics are presh! I recently released free "You Are My Sunshine" prints over on Little Baby Seed. Not sure if you can use any for the party, but thought I'd pass the word along!

  7. July 15, 2013 / 9:51 pm

    She is just gorgeous! Such a happy little girl! Looking forward to seeing how the party comes together! 🙂


  8. July 15, 2013 / 11:40 pm

    I love these!!! She is such a dolly! I can't wait to see her party! I know it will be amazing!!

  9. July 16, 2013 / 11:54 am

    I love how vibrant the colors are!!!! What great pics!!!

    Chelsea –

  10. July 16, 2013 / 2:39 pm

    SO sweet!!! I love the color choices too!

  11. July 19, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    oh my gosh, so sweet!! we're planning for the big *1* also! can't believe these babies grow up so fast!! xoxo

  12. July 20, 2013 / 1:17 am

    These are PRECIOUS!!!! I can't wait to see what you've come up with for her birthday party. It will be perfect, I'm sure!

  13. July 20, 2013 / 2:26 am

    Oh my goodness! This photo shoot is too cute!! Waverly is beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog :).

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