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Ellie’s 1st Birthday!


We had so much fun celebrating Miss Ellie’s birthday! She was such a happy camper that day and we just couldn’t get over that she was ONE! (we survived a year of parenthood! 😉 She was so cute and happy, despite the fact that she refused to take a nap. But hey, it was her birthday! So we let her party hard.

It’s tradition in my family to have the “birthday chair” decorated, so we did just that! (Ok, ok, we decorated behind her chair since those sneaky little hands would have pulled off anything on her high chair!) I made the crown out of a sheet of gold glittery foam. (No pattern, just cut and hot glued.)


We gave this girl a good dose of sugar on her birthday morning. We started the day off right with cinnamon rolls and strawberries. Mmmmm! I hung a few photo banners around with black and white photos of her first year of life. So fun to look at how tiny she once was! Her presents were wrapped in pink and white wrapping paper with gold ribbon, all from the dollar store. 😉


I didn’t want to stress myself out on the day of her birthday, I really wanted to enjoy it! So for the party food, I went back to the basics. Super simple! We served cupcakes and ice cream. My original plan was to have some toppings for the ice cream but by the time the party came around, I totally spaced it. And it was perfect! No stress, simple, and easy.

I served the ice cream in little cups and taped the spoon to each. The cupcake liners are from the Martha Stewart party line at Joanns (on sale! yippee!) and the glittery hearts were cut out of a sheet of gold foam.


I tried to keep the decorations to a minimum, just a few banners and balloons. Can you tell that I was determined to not stress at all? Made all the difference! Ellie loved the balloons, but I think she enjoyed having her grandparents and aunts and uncle here for the day even more! She was spoiled with attention and she loved every second of it!


I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with Ellie’s cake when I started, but I love how it ended up! I used half the vanilla cake batter and half the chocolate to make two mini cakes. Then I stacked them together and swirled little rosettes on top. Super easy!!


We had a little party that night with a few of our friends and family. Ellie loved each of her presents, she was in awe! Brian and I had picked up a singing Mickey Mouse for her a few months back and she carried it around with her everywhere that night! I think it’s safe to say she’s obsessed with Mickey Mouse. (Does this mean we can go to Disneyland? Please! 😉


Our typically messy, adventurous eater had ZERO interest in her cake. She had a few licks of frosting and that was it. We tried to shove her hand in there but she could care less. Instead she downed an entire cup of ice cream and LOVED it! (And managed to use the spoon correctly!)


It was the perfect day celebrating our favorite one year old! Happy happy birthday Miss E!!

Alexa Zurcher




  • Meg

    ah, this is perfect.

  • Amy

    Her birthday couldn't have been more fun if you tried! What fun it was to spend the entire day with you and miss E. She was so happy and giddy, I'm pretty sure she knew that was HER day!! She is such an incredibly sweet blessing in our lives, thanks for sharing her with us! There's nothing better than being together with family, no stress, good food, and plenty of fun. Love you three so very, very much. xoxoxoxoxox

  • lauren brimley

    Ah, I love it! I love that you went the simple route! Everything is darling and perfect!

  • Unknown

    Rory was the same way with her cake until my FIL put some on her face hahaha oh babies! Happy Birthday Ellie!

  • Ashley Wright

    Gorgeous! Looks like her party was just perfect!

  • Jana

    Cute party for a cute girl! I love your decorations. So sweet. 🙂 Haha, Joshua was the same way about his cake. He was more interested in the plate under the cake. Silly babies. 🙂

  • Allison

    I love the pink and gold theme! And Ellie could not be any cuter, seriously.

  • Kimber

    love it! great job on keeping it simple, cute, and stress free. 1 year of parenthood done!

  • Unknown

    OH my goodness this is SO PERFECT!!! I LOVE IT! Also, happy BIRTH-day to both of you! I love the picture of her with her thumb in her mouth sucking off the frosting. SO cute.

  • Julia

    Oh gosh! SO CUTE!

  • Eryka

    How precious. Love it all!

  • Alicia Snow

    So adorable! Perfect little party for the perfect little girl!

  • Emily

    What a cute party! Glad you were able to keep things fun and cute but low key enough for you not to stress! I love these ideas–I'm storing them in my brain for my baby's first b-day, and he's not even born yet 😉

  • Amberly

    So simple and so beautiful!!!

  • Southern Elle

    Oh my goodness, this is the cutest party ever. VERY smart not to stress about it, and you did a beautiful job. Your family is the cutest!

  • jeni a.

    Darling. Gold is my fave. HBD Ellie! Good job mama!

  • Rachel Sayumi Porter

    omg. everything is PERFECT! What a sweet lil angel. You are an amazing mama 🙂

  • P

    Cutest thing ever!! Love the color scheme and all the decorations, so crafty lex! 🙂 yay for being ONE!

  • Annie

    Happy birthday to Ellie! You threw her a gorgeous party!

  • Brielle

    cutest crown, cutest cake, cutest party, & cutest little girl ever! happy birthday ellie!

  • Shayla

    So precious for you gorgeous little girl! We are celebrating my little love's first this in just a few days, so bittersweet! Can I ask where you got the '1'!? I couldn't find it at Joann's & I've been searching for a week, you could be my lifesaver.

  • K&R

    so perfect. seriously. like it all just rolled off pinterest. i love that it was stress free. simple and pretty.
    she's seriously so cute. what a great day. happy belated birthday E!


  • Unknown

    Happy Birthday, Ellie! – Court |

  • Unknown

    You are adorable, this is so cute. And THAT CAKE? To die for. So beautiful.

  • Alexa Zurcher

    I found it at Hobby Lobby! 🙂 I think they have some at Michaels too! 🙂

  • Tiffany

    The party turned out so beautiful! I love it and ALL of these pictures!

  • Alycia Grayce (Crowley Party)

    Everything was so perfect! From start to finish :)!

  • kirsten and josh

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