Since Bravery's birthday falls so close to Cinco de Mayo... we decided she obviously needed a fiesta themed first birthday party! If I'm being honest... I've been planning this party since November! Seriously. I started a pinterest board for inspiration and ideas, delegated things off a longgggg to do list, and bought decorations months in advance to spread out the purchases :) A ton of friends and family (and vendors) made this fiesta come to life! Specifically, I need to thank my sister Katy for attempting all the crazy ideas I brought to her and of course Tyler for letting me turn our apartment into an arts and crafts arsenal for the past month.
I did my best to do a more feminine take on a Fiesta! Pinks and purples were my main color choices, alongside some more authentic fiesta swatches. I'd been collecting these miniature pinatas for months (literally, every trip to the grocery store I would buy 2 or 3!) and spray painted them and glittered them to provide a more girly vibe! I ended up spray painting larger pinatas as well instead of searching for an all pink piñata... (If you find one, kudos to you!) I'd been collecting mexican blankets but eventually found some inexpensive ones that matched my color choices here. My sister cut plastic table cloths into fringe for the high chair and counter top decor... that was such an easy and cheap way to take up a lot of space and add some color. My friends (& hubby) helped me trace letters, cactuses, huge posters and #1's for dayssss! In the end our favorite decoration item ended up being the papel picado I found at a store in San Antonio!
Strawberry cupcakes with fondant sombrero toppers, #1 shaped rice crispy treats, custom fiesta themed cookies and macaroons, homemade bite sized churros, glittered cake balls, mock tacos made of golden oreos, skittle filled sombrero cookies, and a butter cream birthday cake were served alongside beef & chicken tacos, personal 7 layer dips, street corn, chips and every kind of dip followed by sweet tea, Mexican Coke, Jarritos and Honest Juice Pouches for the kids!
Photos by Kinsey Bates
We have been waiting to do a formal Dedication of Bravery since we knew we wanted out of town family to be a part. What better time to dedicate her little heart than at her First Birthday Party?? Since we attend a rather large church...we loved having this special moment with friends and family! We asked Pastors Ken and Mary Jackson to dedicate Bravery. I mean, why not ask THE children's pastors of your church to do the dedication?? Perks of the job I suppose. Pastor Ken asked us a few questions where we responded "yes" to guarding her heart as best we can and steering her towards Jesus at every chance. Pastor Mary then prayed a prayer of blessing where she declared that B would come to know Jesus at a young age. She specifically prayed that Bravery would not have any great regrets in her life, which as a mama just about tore me into two! Pastors Ken and Mary have become a bit of adopted family of ours whom we greatly respect and admire. Working for them is one of our greatest joys in life and for them to have performed B's dedication was an incredible honor.
My claim to fame is not cooking... therefore it is most definitely not baking either! Luckily, one of my best friend's mom is an AMAZING baker. She's a no fondant, no fuss kind of baker... and she makes the BEST cake balls in DFW. (She also made our beautiful wedding cake you can see here!) I also loved the cake toppers, we had custom ones for both cakes.. you can find those here. Bravery had never had artificial sugar, wheat, or dairy until this experience... It took her a while to get the hang of it but she finally dug in!
Photos by Bryant Belknap