Cooper’s First Birthday

April 2, 2012

Where oh where to begin! The past few days have been filled with so much fun, sweet family time, and eating, of course. And lots of picture taking, as you’ll come to find out :)

First off… man, we just have the best family ever. My parents and sister flew in for the party (FLEW IN! they are so sweet), and Jordan’s parents came, and they all just helped so so much. And thanks to Selena and Casey, and (whoever else stole my camera and took pictures when I would get sidetracked) for taking so many pictures. It was so fun to celebrate Cooper with everyone, but also, so fun to be reminded of how much love we’re surrounded by. So thankful.

I’ll start from the beginning… So when Cooper was an itty bitty baby, Allison showed me a few fun ideas on Pinterest for monthly photos of babies throughout the first year. I saw one that had fun, colorful patterns the baby was laying on each month, and someone gave us a onesie with a tie on it, so that kind of became our monthly photo, in a last-minute round about way. It was fun to do – and it made me bust out the sewing machine at least once a month to sew a tie onto a onesie. Plus, Jordan is a tie man – he wears one every day – so that made it even more fun.

It’s so fun to see how much our little guy has grown. Here’s what the final product looked like.

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So then a few months ago, I started thinking about this whole first birthday party thing. Why not do ties?! It’s been the theme of every month so far, why not make it the theme of his first birthday? Haha. So ties it was. For the invites, I got the text part of the card printed, cut out the ties out of scrapbook paper, and then sewed those bad boys on.

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Jordan’s mom (Selena) is a cake-baking master, and has made her boys birthday cakes a bajillion times. We’re talking Ninja Turtle and Superman cakes, people! So the tie cake probably seemed super simple and easy to her :) I baked the cakes earlier in the week, froze them, and then put it all together and iced it the night before the party.

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Then I started playing with the leftover icing and Amy had the bright idea to farkle and see who had to eat a handful of icing. She lost. Muah ah ah!

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I saw this fabric garland on pinterest and thought it would be fun for the cake table. It’s a good way to use extra fabric!

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My friend from church, LeAnne, made these AWESOME cookies! How perfect and adorable are they?? If anyone is interested in her beautiful work, let me know and I’ll shoot you her e-mail.

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I sewed ties for all the little boys who came to the party, and I used this tutorial. And guys, I’m like MEGA beginner on the sewing machine, so if anyone out there is looking for a fun, easy project, check it out. And then with the extra fabric I had, I made some fabric rosettes for the girls (and me… haha).

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It was Amy’s idea to put a tie on Deuce. She does not love dogs. That makes this even better!

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Happy Birthday to Coop!

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I was inspired by my friend Janae, who told guests of her little boy’s party to bring certain food items to benefit a local ministry. So, that, along with the fact that we’re moving to Boston in three months (oh my gosh, three months?!?) and trying to get rid of our stuff, made me think this would be the greatest thing to do! I’m so excited to take it to the Dream Center.

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And now, onto all the peeps who made Cooper’s birthday so so special!

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Jordan grilled up a storm!

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how about Cooper’s cheeser face??

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Megan Parker posted the following on April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm.

Oh man those pictures are great! I love the picture of Cooper and Duece with the matching ties. What a cute idea and theme! You are so creative!

Doug Schultze posted the following on April 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm.

Love reliving the party with your pics, Brit. So much fun and so creative. And SOOOO many memories.

Cristy Cross posted the following on April 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm.

Brittany everything about Cooper’s party was awesome. You are one fabulous momma and I love EVERYTHING. Totally inspiring :)

Allison posted the following on April 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm.

AHHHH! Perfection! This is the cutest party and I love everything about it! I love the matching ties for Jordan, Cooper and Duece! The cake and cookies are amazing! Love it Brittany, just love it!

jordan posted the following on April 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm.

LOVE this party! Such a fun theme. :) I can’t get over the matching ties for the boys. SO fun! Happy happy birthday to “poops”. :) Miss y’all.

Allison howell posted the following on April 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm.

You are creative! I love it! I’m going to miss having you take our pictures every year! Wish you and your cute family the best!!!

Tara Hobgood posted the following on April 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm.

Oh my goodness! This is so precious, major props to momma Brittany!

Kristin posted the following on April 3, 2012 at 6:56 am.

Ha! LOVE THIS! And “mega beginner” or not, fantastic job! Happy First Year, Cooper!!!

kristen posted the following on April 3, 2012 at 7:46 am.

the CUTEST PARTY EVER!! and cooper is just the cutest little man. I love the ties that you made and the tie cake and the tie garland! i love it all!!

Denise posted the following on April 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm.

Happy happy bday Cooper…Micah & Selena both told me how much fun it was ! Such a creative theme…blessings on your move !

Aspen Jay posted the following on February 21, 2015 at 10:19 pm.

What a cute theme for a 1st birthday! I really like how you had the pictures of Cooper at each month in a tie onesie and then had that displayed at the party. So perfect!

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