Waverly Maye's First Birthday

Thank you for sweet birthday wishes for our ONE-YEAR old baby girl. 
We have been in recovery mode since Sunday morning, all exhausted with a birthday hangover … and not the kind that result from too many free shots at the bar.  Whatever the case, it was worth it, & Waverly Maye is now one!  She rocked it out all weekend long, just as I knew this party girl would.
Since Waverly’s actual birthday was a Friday & her party wasn’t until Saturday, it worked out so we could have an entire weekend of festiveness. 
(Waverly & I planned that out last year when deciding the day she would arrive, obviously.)
  On Waverly’s birthday eve, we started the tradition of covering her floor with balloons so that she would see them first thing in the morning.  I saw the tradition on Pinterest months ago and knew I had to start it with Waverly Maye this year. 
And of course, Friday morning my hubby & I busted into her room singing Happy Birthday.  In between that & a floor full of balloons, Waverly was clearly confused & was convinced we had both lost our minds.
For Waverly’s birthday breakfast, she had her first DONUTS.  A totally big moment, since her daddy loves them dearly & she definitely takes after me with her sweet tooth.  And of course, she was dressed in her first “You Are My Sunshine” themed outfit of the weekend. #LOVEATHEME

After some last-minute party preparations, a birthday lunch, & an afternoon at the kids gym, we had family over for Waverly Maye’s first birthday celebration … you know, the party before the party.  We went with a pizza picnic theme, since our new house is still a work in progress and there is no seating at the moment.  It didn’t matter, as long as the birthday girl was there.  And she definitely was, in all her glory.  My girl loves some attention, and we like to give it to her.

Of course, my sweet-tooth sweetie was more than happy to indulge in her first of two cake smashes of the weekend.  She appreciated the audience she had while covering herself in cake and clapping every time we did.  I’m pretty sure she is now going to be less than impressed when it’s only mommy & daddy sitting near the high chair this week.
What I was most excited about was my personal gift to her, a birthday knife, which was the second of two traditions I planned to start with Waverly Maye on her birthday. 

 The box is now even complete with icing from her first birthday cake.  The poem reads:
“Here’s a gift for your birthday
Something for you to usec
In a very special way.
This knife shall be a tradition
Year after year.
For cutting your birthday cake
Until you wedding day is here.
Many memories will be made
From now until then.
And with your groom
Let new ones begin.
This heirloom will bring
Through all the years much joy
A gift it will then become
To your little girl or boy.
Thank you to Trish at Pink Preppy Lover for sharing this sweet tradition on her blog, I can’t wait to use it year after year & just know Waverly Maye will truly appreciate it one day.
 The entire day was so special, memorable, & best of all, spent with the happiest little birthday girl.  Thank you to our family for loving Waverly Maye just as much as we do, she is one lucky one-year old.  More to come on Waverly’s You Are My Sunshine party! 🙂


  1. July 30, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    I'm obsessed with the cake serving set idea! It's perfect!

  2. July 30, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    Stop it! I love that knife idea and am so going to do it for Lilly's first next year. It's PERFECT! Love everything about this post!

  3. July 30, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    So, so sweet! Glad she had a great birthday weekend!

  4. July 30, 2013 / 10:21 pm

    We are having a You Are My Sunshine birthday in September for my daughter! Can't wait to see what you did 🙂

  5. July 31, 2013 / 12:11 am

    adorable! can't wait to see the details of her party!

  6. July 31, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    I've never heard of the cake knife idea—very neat!! Love all her birthday festivities—and the hilarious look on her face when you busted into her room singing 😉

  7. July 31, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    Awww so glad she had a great day!!! 🙂 love all of her outfits of course!

  8. Anonymous
    July 31, 2013 / 5:53 pm

    Her cake pictures are adorable! Happy one year!


  9. July 31, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    What a great tradition! Thanks for passing it along:) …and how stinking cute is she is her little crown! LOVE:)

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