We had several family members and some close friends in for the party, which was a fall and "pumpkin" themed affair with simple autumn-inspired food and decorations. Here are a few snapshots that were captured by our good friend April of April Cole Photography:
|June with her Jiji|
|Georgia with Grandad|
|June and Georgia with Grandma and Big Daddy|
|Georgia with Nanna|
We kept the party decor simple and the only items I made prior to the party were the scrap fabric garland and the month-by-month first year of baby photos that were hung on twine and tied around a tree. You can simply print pictures on your computer or order prints through Shutterfly. This DIY banner was easy to make and a great way to incoporate personal pictures into a birthday party. All you need are clothespins, string/twine, and whatever you'd like to hang off the banner!
Another fun thing with pictures I plan on doing for the Holidays this year is making a photo calendar of the girls. These make great gifts!
I used burlap and lace ribbon for the bows on the dessert table and fresh mums were placed around the yard with heirloom pumpkins. The heirloom pumpkins and mums will keep for the rest of the fall season long after their birthday is over so I love that they are not wasted. Before they go bad we will save the seeds from all the pumpkins for roasting and either freeze the flesh for baking or feed it to our chickens.
|Making this scrap garland is super simple--just cut pieces the same length and tie onto twine|
The day turned out to be beautiful and after everyone ate chili and appetizers for lunch we headed outside to open gifts. The girls had a really fun time and enjoyed playing with the tissue paper and cards just as much as seeing new toys and presents.
|appetizers and snacks|
Then it was time for birthday cake -- June and Georgia got to try their first cupcake and oh my what an experience! They had started to get a little tired at that point in the party but once they had a taste of the cake it changed everything!
|June and Georgia eating their pumpkin cupcakes|
Georgia dove right in once she had a taste of the sweet treat whereas June wanted me to feed her little pieces of it. June would start to pick the cupcake up and then stop because she didn't quite know what to do with the icing on her fingers. Ha!
|Georgia devouring her cupcake|
|mmmmm.......where has this been all my life?|
|June stayed fairly clean :)|
Along with the cupcakes we served caramel apple pie, pumpkin pie, and Derby pie. I love serving pies for dessert to feed a crowd--especially in the fall :)
A year ago I was overcoming and healing from a traumatic delivery and thanking the Lord we were all healthy in addition to adjusting to the difficulties of mothering twins. I remember praying for the strength to get through those early weeks, which I could not have done without the help of family taking care of me and the girls. Thankfully, it got SO much better and SO much easier as the weeks and months went by. I truly love being a mom and am grateful for such an amazing gift.
I cannot express how blessed beyond measure we are with these two little loves in our life!!