Prepare yourselves for a picture overload. We threw the girls a joint pool party because their birthdays are four days apart and ain't nobody got time for two parties in two weeks. I made mention of this in an instagram post and got a great response- gone are the days of my Pinterest birthday parties. It's not that I don't enjoy looking over my handmade crafts and coordinated finger foods with pride, it's that I quickly realized that there is literally no one else who appreciates those things as much as the planner. The effort to feedback ratio is terribly lopsided. What's more? I've learned that the less I plan, the more I actually enjoy the day of.
With all that being said, we went super low key for this joint party. We reserved the pavilion at our community pool, I grabbed the basic tableware and favors at Target, we ordered two cakes straight from the book at BJ's, and we picked up ballons and Hot-N-Ready pizzas the day of. I did also chop up some fruits and veggies and we obviously had water, juice pouches, and sodas in a cooler. The end.
That setup? Party of the year according to Isla. She was adamant about having a "Kitty Cat" party and the excitement was turned up to level 10 once we picked up decorations and went to order the cake.
Although it was a joint party, this was more about Isla given that she actually knew what was going on. One year olds don't care so we let Isla pick what she wanted and just went with it. We had a slight glitch initially after forgetting her floaty, but Jeff ran back home to grab it and all was well.
Big brother Dominic was just happy to get to spend a couple hours swimming and hanging out with all the boys. In our group of friends there was a wave of boys around when Dominic was born and then a wave of girls around when Isla was born, so even the girls' parties mean he gets to see his friends.
See these awesome cakes below?? I swear it up and down- BJ's has the tastiest cakes. We always get the marble with the chocolate fluff in the middle and the whipped topping icing. Mmmmm. Every party. Super simple and cheap. Never will I try to make a birthday party cake myself again... or order a specialty cake from a bakery for that matter.
Maisy was oblivious but happy! We lucked out with extremely mild weather so we were able to enjoy being outside even though it was August. She looked downright adorable in the one thing that made it clear it was her day too: a personalized onesie by Heather Rogers Designs. I've always gotten my kids a special shirt to wear on their first birthdays and was excited to do the same for Maisy!
I went with a simple block number and whale design in a size 12 month onesie. I am always so nervous about ordering clothing online because you can never be sure about sizing. I was really happy to see that the design was printed on a Carter's brand onesie and fit true to size. The printing was *in* the fabric, not a thick ink sitting on top, so the onesie remained flexible and soft.
Maisy is really on the go! She wants so badly to walk.
We almost had the entire pool to ourselves. So nice. The kids all had a really great time. After swimming for a bit we did pizza, then swimming again, then cake!!
I just love this picture and these little happy kids. I think we told every one of them at some point to keep their fingers out of the cake.
I love this picture too. It perfectly describes her.. sweet and quiet as long as I'm holding her ;)
And my silly big kids..
My little and big.. side note- can we stop and address how old Dominic looks in all of these pictures? Maybe I shouldn't linger on that. He looks like he's getting ready to borrow the car (van mwahahaha).
Maisy the little piggy wasted no time diving into her slice of cake! She did wonder why everyone was watching her eat though. I'm glad my husband humored me and took plenty of pictures when I couldn't. He understands my madness. I also can't thank our friends and family enough for coming to celebrate our girls.. and helping me out to keep the party running smoothly. We're so lucky.
I'd like to thank Heather Rogers for reaching out to me and offering me this adorable personalized onesie to review. It was perfect for Maisy to wear on the most special of party days. Even more, she's offering one of my readers a $25 shop credit to order personalized items for yourself. You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below! Winner will be randomly drawn on Friday 8/22. Good luck :)
*Disclosure- I was provided with the personalized onesie for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.