For Cora's birthday party, I wanted something simple, with pretty desserts, and surrounded by loved ones. I had found some ideas on Pinterest of little cakes and diy banners for them. I had planned on doing this for months and months, but as is usually the case with me, I ended up making the cake banner late the night before. It probably could have used some tweaking, but there was no more time, and I was okay with that. My mom made Cora's cake, and it was the same recipe that she used to bake both me and my sister's first birthday cakes (cute). It was super delicious, and Cora was a big fan! Our family always helps us pull off birthdays and other celebrations. This time was no different. Extra special THANKS to Jaron and my father-in-law for painting a table and chair set that is outside the day before the party (Perhaps this was because the night before that, while on a date with Jaron, I was feeling a little sad and nostalgic about my girl being one and not feeling quite ready for her party, and maybe just maybe, I tearfully said that I had always envisioned her eating her cake outside. So the next day, Jaron cleaned up the backyard and painted the table, and it made my heart sing. Also, I'm clearly very much a mess.); and to my mama, mother-in-law, and sister for making all the yummy goodies and confetti, as well as help with cleaning, watching kiddos, and all the other little details that go with this kind of thing. So, so thankful for all their help!
My sister and her fam so sweetly brought a gift for Emmitt, in addition to Cora. It was a little outfit with a map and treasure chest on it, and then lots of pirate accessories. Emmitt made it rain doubloons in his room and I still find them every once in awhile hiding behind a curtain or tucked under the bed (this makes me smile). And he was using all sorts of pirate terminology and silly voices for the next several days, which was pretty rad. So really, Cora Marie had a cupcakes and pirates party, and we wouldn't have had it any other way. As I mentioned, Cora loved the cake and ate it up happily. At one point, she grabbed two pieces of it, one in each hand, held up both arms and tightly squeezed her little fistfuls of cake, as she looked at everyone and sort of shook and growled with delight. This is so like our girl. I've mentioned before that she thinks ALL the parties are for her, so I loved getting to watch our friends and family honor her this day. I think she had a great time. And seeing her so glad certainly helped me accept this big milestone. Happy first birthday, sweet Cora girl! You are fun and mighty, and we couldn't be happier to get to watch you grow.
*Most pictures were taken by me, except for the birthday party, in which my brother-in-law, Chris took a good deal of them. Also, this last one, my father-in-law took. Emmitt chose not to be pictured, as he does sometimes these days. I'm going to try to be better about noting if other people have taken the pics.