|The birthday princess!
(before the feathers were removed)
|Before getting ready in her party dress!
|Hugging on Teddy, pre-party.
I want to give a shout out to the wonderful Blue Cake Company here locally. Not only did they make the perfect cake to match Piper's perfect birthday dress, they also offer a free 4" round smash cake, decorated the same as the regular cake, for any baby's first birthday. I didn't know this when I called to discuss my main cake with them, I just knew they had a great reputation for awesome cakes. I was going to add on a 2nd tier to the main cake to take off for Piper to have for her very own, but then they told me about the free smash cake. How awesome is that? And to decorate it to the nines, too? Let's just say I'll most likely be using them for all future birthday cake orders...or any other special event warranting a uniquely designed confection of delicious proportions!
|The regular cake, see how it matches her dress perfectly!
|The perfectly awesome about-to-be-destroyed "smash" cake!
|Gifts from us all packed up and ready to go!
|A couple of her big balloons and Papa drinking a celebratory beer :)
|Another one of her big balloons!
|A view of a few of the other decorations...and a beer, lol!
|My brother the party host, cousin Larkin, and the birthday princess!
|Aunt Jana putting on Piper's party hat!
|She looked adorable even walking around on her knees!
|Even party girls have to potty sometimes!
|And pottying is more fun with a balloon!
|Larking playing the flip-the-princess game!
|Piper loves this game!
|A perfect "10" landing!
I will not caption ALL of the unwrapping presents pics...
|Getting prepared to dig into the stash!
|Picking her next victim!
|Every birthday girl eventually has to wear a bow on their head!
|So does uncle Christian!
|She loves this puppy! Thanks "uncle" David!
|Even bigger hugs!
|Cousin Anna made her a great card!
|Uh oh, something that makes noise!
|She always admires Uncle Christian's guitar!
|Yes, even I had to have a beer!
We're practically as good as the Partridge Family!
|It's so pretty!
|And even more yummy!
|Yes, she did stuff the whole #1 in her mouth at once!
|Bad Uncle Sean!
|Really bad Uncle Sean!
|Oops...I ate it all!
|Gluttony at it's finest!
|What? No more?
They call it a "smash" cake for a good reason!
As you can all very well tell, Piper thoroughly enjoyed her day, especially the cake part. Once we packed up and went home, the sugar rush hit. There is probably nothing funnier than a wee one all jacked up on massive quantities of sugary goodness, well at least we thought she was funny. And as always, I have the video to prove her uber wound-up self post-party, and once again another show of her earning of the moniker "Hyper" Piper.
This is a very short clip, the whole episode lasted well over 10 minutes!
All in all, her first birthday was a hit! I still cannot believe she is already a year old. Sometimes it seems like she has always been with me and I cannot remember life without her. Other times, it seems she was just born yesterday. All I know is that she still makes me happier every single day than I was the day before. As she grows and learns, I do the same right along with her. She is the light of my life and I am truly blessed beyond all measures to have such a delightful, wonderful, rambunctious, pugnacious, silly, happy, brilliant, beautiful little girl in my life. I love you, Piper!
And to end this post, here it is a day over two weeks since she turned a year old. Remarkably, her Mylar balloons are still holding up well and she thoroughly enjoys having them in the house, they are so colorful and fun. As a matter of fact, they are so awesome that she got up from pottying the other night, snuck over to the end table and grabbed two of them, and then began walking through the house half-naked with much pride in her new walking skills and having on no pants! Yes, of course I have a video of it! I actually have two videos of it, aren't you all lucky! ;P
This is the first one I took on my phone...too dang cute!
And then my phone died so my mom took the following one, where Piper walked with balloons and for kisses!
Cutest booty ever!
I'll leave you all with one last shot, of Piper and myself before the party started. Rarely do I get to be in any pictures since I am usually the one taking them. Thank goodness my brother snapped this one, cause I love it!
|Me and my angel, I love her to pieces!
What can you do to help celebrate Piper's first birthday? Go vote!!! You know the routine, and here are the links to do so!