I struggled this year with what to do for Emaline's birthday party, because I wanted it to be something beautiful. If you know me, then you probably know that I don't like to do the same thing that everyone else is doing. It's a problem, I know. I also can't take credit for this idea, it was my stepsister's idea after a few hours of searching Pinterest, and I loved it. I am super blessed with creative family members who helped me pull this whole thing off! As usual, I "TRY" to keep things simple - but by default, I absolutely love planning parties. Which usually means it isn't simple, however this year I didn't stress about a thing. 

Our parties always turn out to be big family ones, which we love. We have a tiny home, but big hearts and love to mingle. This year, we borrowed a bouncy house for the kids which was a huge hit. We had a DIY coffee bar, apple cider bar, and hot chocolate bar. Having a birthday party in a small house in the dead of Winter will always be an issue for us, so I'm learning to embrace it. It was cold outside, but we had a few outdoor heaters and a fire that seemed to help. The inside was also open to play with toys and hang out in the living room. Emaline had the best time at her birthday party, and played in the bouncy house 80% of the time. As always, I feel like I didn't get to spend enough time with each person who came, but that's only more ammo to start scheduling playdates. 

We made all of the flower crowns by hand, as well as Emaline's tutu. A tutorial is in the works. 

Emaline's Outfit

Tutu - handmade

Leotard - Etsy

photos by Morgan Hayes Photography

Cake by Tram Taylor

Decorations by Susan Aikens, Jessica Glover, & myself

Invitations by The Joyful Flourish


Inside our home:

Keuring Coffee Bar, Hot Chili Bar, CFA chicken nuggets, Apple dip

Open playroom for all of the kids to have freedom to roam.


Hot Chocolate + Apple Cider Bar, The Cake

Bouncy house, Floral arbor for photos, Flower crowns for all the kids

Patio heaters + fire

Time: Late morning