Monday, June 05, 2017

A Hot Air Balloon First Birthday Party!

My little sweetheart Georgia is turning one this week!  I can't believe how fast this past year has gone.  Some nights seemed like they would never end, but here she is 12 months later, sleeping through the night, napping in her crib, eating real food, crawling, pulling up and saying "Dada" like a big girl.

Of course we have many wonderful milestones and memories ahead of us, but this past weekend we celebrated her first birthday with a big party with all our friends and family.  The theme was a continuation of my baby shower and her pretty pink nursery:  hot air balloons with a rainbow of pastel hues.

I had so much fun crafting and decorating for this party!  I think our guests enjoyed the food and conversation, and Georgia sure had a good time eating cake and playing with her cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends! :)

I decorated with rainbow crepe paper streams, white "cloud" balloon clusters and baskets with balloons tied with nets and filled with flowers.  Paper hot air balloons and clouds (from the nursery) adorned the walls and ceiling.  The dessert table was complete with a vintage suitcase for decoration, cupcakes and a little rainbow sprinkled smash cake for the birthday girl.

For the balloon topper I printed the graphic three times, cut around it and sewed down the center.  Then I fanned out the layers to create a dimensional effect.  I added the little cutout clouds last and glued the topper to a stick to place it on the cake.  

On the dinner buffet we had pulled pork, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, tortellini salad, coleslaw, fruit and chips.  The chips I displayed in a wicker picnic basket suitcase for a fun touch!

I made a hot air balloon prop for photos with a big basket and some dowels.  The giant pink balloon I found on Amazon, and I just tied the dowels to the basket and taped the balloon to the sticks.  Then I decorated it with bunting and ribbon bows!  I drew the banner above and printed little blue birds to stick on the wall.  I think it turned out so cute!! :)

Georgia loved playing in the basket.  :)  And it managed to withstand a deluge of party guests and children, too!

At the party, we asked guests to write a note for Georgia to open on her 18th birthday.  We are going to box up her "time capsule" with photos and mementos from the party for her to open in 17 years.  Hopefully she'll enjoy a look back at her first birthday and appreciate the advice and wishes from family and friends.

Favors for the little guests included watercolors, bubbles and blow pops!

Outside on the deck, we had our beverage station on the potting bench.  Despite the torrential rain that started minutes after the party began, everyone had a good time dodging raindrops and some even braved the storm and sat under the porch.  

After dinner, we let Georgia have her first cake.  It took a little encouragement for her to try the tasty icing for herself, but once she did, she had a fun time eating all the little pink flowers off the top first, before digging into the cake itself. :)

We had a wonderful time celebrating our little girl's birthday.  Thanks to everyone who came to the party.  Georgia is lucky to have such wonderful friends and family!  

Come back soon for more updates from the garden and the house.  Now that I'm through party prepping, maybe I'll get back to posting on the blog.  I have a few projects that I need to share! :)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Spring Horvath's Life Update

Well friends, spring has sprung and I have been busy in the garden planting lots of new pretty flowers and spreading mulch.  We have a certain little girl who will be turning one next month so we have to get everything shaped up for her very special first birthday party!!

We planted over our garden plot last fall and this year it is quite a lush crop of grass for running and playing.  Riley and the cousins enjoy it a lot.  I'm sure when Georgia starts walking (and running) she'll be into it, too!  The flower beds down here are in full bloom, with irises, roses, and lilies popping up every week.

The backyard we reseeded (again) this spring in anticipation of Georgia's party.  My mom and I added fresh mulch to the beds and I planted some pretty impatiens and phlox along the fence.  It's looking nice back here now.

I've also added a few annuals on the deck.  I potted my favorite nonstop begonia, which I put on the lower deck where hopefully it will not get too much water (hopefully I remember to give it enough water!)  Every year I spend money on these plants and then leave them out in the heavy spring rains and they just die.  I think the excessive water is why they die.  This year I am trying a new plan.  We'll see if they survive my treatment. :)  Anyway, aren't they gorgeous?  How can I resist a fluffy pink bloom as big as my hand?

I also got three hanging baskets for the deck, two with new guinea impatiens and sweet potato vine and the middle one is a fuchsia in a beautiful new metal basket.  The basket is called a "parasol basket" and I found a similar one available online here.  Mama and I found them at a local greenhouse and I just loved the unique style.  The hummingbirds are loving those lush pink and purple blooms!

I also got four new guinea impatiens for the fence.  I added four coral bells in between the hostas for a pop of light green.  I love the new look.

The mailbox bed is in full bloom with roses, irises and primrose.  So pretty this time of year!

On the upper deck, I've added a geranium and lantanas, and some potted herbs and ferns.

In other happenings, Georgia is 11 months old!  Can you believe this cutie is almost a year old?

She is a joy--always smiling, babbling, rolling around and entertaining us.  Lucky for me she isn't crawling or walking yet, but she manages to roll and wiggle herself into trouble nonetheless!

She and Riley are best buddies.  Or Riley tolerates her endless "petting" and face-grabbing.  One day soon I'm sure Riley will start enjoying Georgia's attention, once she learns how to throw the ball for her. :)

We spend our days playing, going for walks in the neighborhood, (Georgia loves this, she listens for dogs barking nearby and responds with "boof, boof") swinging outside in the swing and hammock and working on her new skills including pulling up and standing.  She also loves to visit her Mimi and Papa and her Aunt Hannah and her cousins.

But of course, no one's attention can compare to her Daddy's.  She is Daddy's girl.  

 And maybe a little bit Mommy's girl, too! :)

We love her.

Can't wait til her birthday so I can share all the festivities with you!  Come back soon!