A Birthday Party for Analiese

We had so much fun celebrating Analiese’s birthday. Our little house was filled with friends and family members of all ages. There wasn’t really an agenda–eat, hang out and celebrate Analiese…that’s about it! We made some great memories!

Even if she didn’t know why there were so many people around for two hours, I think she knows how loved she is. Before we sang “Happy Birthday,” I told everyone that when Ross and I were at a Shane and Shane concert this past week, Shane Bernard intro’d their song, “Yearn” with a praise to our God who, before laying the foundations of the world, knew the details of this day. With Analiese’s approaching birthday on my mind, I immediately thought about her actual day of birth and how God had every detail perfectly planned. He knows every hair (which is finally growing!) on Analiese’s head…every thought she’ll ever have. He knows and loves her deeply. We felt so blessed to share this day with everyone who was present. Thank you for coming!

And here are a few photos of the details and decor. I’m a little disappointed with myself for not taking more pictures, but I think this is a good sample:

{ 1. We used our china cabinet to hold plates and utensils and served some of the food out of it as well – hubby’s idea! }

{ 2. This mustard, floral runner was the original inspiration piece for the party. My mother in law and I found it at Tuesday Morning. }

{ 3. Fruit on a stick! }

{ 4. I made a fabric penant banner inspired by this tutorial minus the letters as well as a few garlands made from cute cupcake liners and ribbon. }

{ 5. Our wrapped gifts for our baby girl…still waiting to be opened… }

{ 6. The female guests received a flower pin upon arrival. I used the same tutorial as the “A” that hung on the front door. Thank you Emily for inspiring so many wonderful projects! }

{ 7. A mini banner for the cake. I baked this peach cake last year when I was in labor (Ross had to make the icing). It seemed appropriate to make it again and call it her official “peach birthday cake”…it’s so yummy and she’s a peach! }

{ 8. Analiese’s girl friends received a goodie bag with a flower pin and three homemade hair clips. The boys got some sidewalk chalk. }

The idea behind the menu was that I wanted the food to be both appetizing to adults and edible for young children. Analiese pretty much eats anything we eat (with a few exceptions, of course), so she was able to eat everything we served. A few of the guests asked for some of the recipes, so here they are:

Peach Cake from my dear friend, Ashlee (and her very talented mom!)

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can peach pie filling
  • 1/2 stick butter

Preheat oven to 350-375 (follow cake mix instructions depending on type of pan). Mix first 4 ingredients until well mixed and set aside. Melt the butter in the pan in the oven until bubbly. Remove and spray with Pam. Pour batter into pan while it is hot. Bake according to box directions. If using a bundt pan, when cake is done, invert onto plate while cake is still hot. Cool all the way and then start frosting.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream

Melt butter and cream cheese in a pan on low-med heat. Add a bit of powdered sugar at a time. Add the cream and bring to a bit of a slow boil. Remove from heat and add the remaining powdered sugar. (Add enough cream for a smooth consistency.) To prevent sticking, lower heat and whisk mixture. Pour over completely cooled cake a little bit at time allowing each “layer” to harden before adding the next and serve.

Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Meatballs from my Rival Crock Pot Recipes

  • 2 pounds frozen, fully cooked meatballs
  • 1 cup raspberry preserves
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 3 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbs. ginger (optional – I didn’t use any)

Coat crock-pot with nonstick cooking spray. Add meatballs. In a small bowl, combine preserves, sugar, vinegar, worcestershire, and pepper flakes. Microwave on HIGH 45 seconds. Stir; microwave 3o seconds or until melted. (Mixture will be chunky). Pour mixture over meatballs and toss gently to coat well. Cover, cook on LOW for 5 hours or HIGH for 2.5 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in ginger, if desired. Cook uncovered 15 minutes to thicken slightly, stirring occasionally.

Mac, Chicken and Cheese Bites from weelicious.com

And finally, here are a few photos with my dear friend, Katie, and her sweet little baby, Joah! We were so glad they were able to come to Analiese’s party and watch the super bowl with us.

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl. We love you!

Join the Conversation


  1. This is my favorite blog post so far! I love all the pictures! I feel so blessed by your friendship and so grateful for everything you did to make me and Joah feel so welcome in your home! xo

  2. lol, chuckling *just a little* about your disappointment with the “lack” of pictures…all I can picture is all those cameras clicking like mad. Your pictures are beautiful, btw.

    thanks SOOO much for posting the recipes. I so want to make that peach cake TODAY!

  3. Ryan and I really enjoyed being there. The food was delicious, the decorations were lovely and festive, and the fellow partiers made for a really enjoyable visit — especially the little birthday girl! Very glad that you posted the recipes — I’ve been craving the meatballs and cake since yesterday. Not sure my waistline will be appreciative. Happy One Year, Analiese!!

  4. While the trip to Plymouth and back to Fort Wayne was a real test, it was all worthwhile to share in Analiese’s first birthday. The party, food, decorations, and, most of all, the company were great. Thanks!

    Love, Grandpa

  5. party of the year! i was there in heart, and in peach cake :) so happy for the joy that has filled your life over the past year. what a beautiful way to celebrate. love you all. xoxo.

  6. This is a wonderful blog! I agree with Pat, (Grandpa), although the trek wasn’t easy, it was well worth it. Analiese and all her little friends were so well behaved and just adorable. Loved it all! – Mom/Nana O.

  7. Happy Birthday, Analiese! We can’t believe you are already one year old. Looks like you had a wonderful birthday party! Lots of family, friends and fun! Your present from us has been shipped. Hope you like it.
    Much love to you!
    Great Uncle Jud and Great Aunt Becky

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