Israel's First Birthday Party

Israel's first birthday party was on October 6th. My friend Jenifer designed his invitations and I LOVED them! She was amazing to work with and I would recommend her if you need any design work! (Check out her etsy shop here.)

Also, I want to do another shout out that the picture used on Israel's invitation was from Sarah Marie Photos out of Birmingham- we are still obsessed with these pictures!

I decided to do a low-key, family only birthday party for Israel because 1. our family is big; 2. Israel can be overstimulated by a lot of people; 3. its JUST a first birthday and Israel doesn't really "know" people that well; 4. with my husband on staff with a church, it is hard to know where to draw the line on friends/people that need to be invited to a party!

My sister and her family came in Friday night and we had a fun evening of catching up. Saturday morning my sister took a few family pictures for us before everyone showed up at 11.

Around 11 the rest of the family that could attend started coming in. As devout Auburn fans, we naturally had the football game on in the background while the "party" started and everyone ate their tacos.

My mother-in-law made the amazing cakes! She made the large cake to be a suitcase and Israel's little smash cake with the little polka dots.

At half time of the football game, we took Israel outside, stripped him down and let him have his first taste of sweet dessert!

Afterwards, Will gave Israel a bath and we put him down for a much-needed nap! The rest of the family continued to hang out!

Me, my sister-in-law Lindsey, and my sister Sarah

Guys playing bocce

Enjoying the swingset Israel got for his birthday!
After his nap, we got a few more pictures of Israel.

That night, Will's family went out to dinner (it was Will's brother's actual birthday) and my family stayed in and ate pizza. It was a perfect day and exactly what I wanted from his birthday party! We didn't do gifts (as you can see from the invitation) because Israel has everything that he needs! But we did get him a swingset and his grandparents contributed to purchasing it. He loves it!

Instead of gifts, I asked everyone to fill out these cards that Will designed; continuing the "travel" theme, they listed recommendations for where Israel needs to travel one day, and why.

I'm so thankful for a weekend with family, and our precious boy who is now ONE! 


  1. Being a huge college football fan as well I LOVE that you waited till half time to do cake. Thumbs up!

  2. LOVE this party idea! He is such a cutie! It looks like you guys had so much fun. Do you mind if I pin this party idea?

  3. What a sweet, sweet celebration!! I love every last detail... the adorable photos- love a cutie in colorful plaid! the travel them, the no gifts, the travel recommendations, the banners, the suitcases, the casualness of the family party (tacos and football and just hanging out and bath and nap for israel) happy birthday, Israel!

  4. so glad everything turned out the way you had hoped it would and that it was such a special day! I love how you did the 1 in pictures of Israel, so cute!


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