Before Brenna was even born, I began pinning birthday theme ideas on Pinterest, and I fell in love with the Very Hungry Caterpillar. As I started to plan for her party months ago, I was set on this theme for, which seems very appropriate now too, as she has become our beautiful butterfly!
Yesterday, we celebrated Brenna's first birthday (which is actually the 19th) with an open house birthday bash at our church, inviting all family, friends, Brenna's doctors and nurses and members of the community who have shared this journey with us over the past year. There were the same faces that were present almost a year ago for Brenna's prayer service, but this time, we were celebrating with joyful hearts at this big milestone.
Brenna absolutely loved seeing all of the people and kept reaching out to try to grab everyone!
Our Hungry Caterpillar cupcakes, created by Evan's Uncle Steve, who has a cake business.
I found Hungry Caterpillar buckets in the dollar spot at Target - score! We used them to make centerpieces with Brenna's pictures for all the tables.
The food was amazing! Arena Food Service created the menu for us with food based on the food in the book eaten by the caterpillar, and I made signs to go along with it.
Godmother Kristin created a cute balloon caterpillar on the wall :)
Brenna looked adorable in her caterpillar birthday outfit! (which, as you can see, was a bit snug as she has been putting on weight like crazy!) Birthday shirt and matching ruffle pants made by our friend and neighbor Lauren, who has a business called Little Lola's Lovelies.
We welcomed family and friends for the entire duration of the two-hour party, and it was a great flow of people. It was so wonderful to introduce Brenna to so many who hadn't yet met her in person.
Connor and some of his cousins!
Brenna's birthday buddy! Levi was born just a few hours before Brenna...I went to high school with both of Levi's parents.
Brenna opened presents from Grandma and her cousins right after the party (of course she was most impressed with the tissue paper and ribbon!)...and then both kids crashed out for two hours. What a special day!