Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wild One Birthday Party

"Oh what fun! She's a wild one!"

I still can't believe our baby girl is one already! At just 16.5 lbs she is still one of our smallest children, but she doesn't let her tiny little body keep her from doing anything and everything. She seems to have endless energy and has no trouble keeping up with all her older siblings. So far she only has two teeth on top and two on bottom, with a couple more trying to come through which has made the last few nights especially hard since she doesn't usually sleep much anyway. She brings so much joy to all of us and we are so grateful for this sweet, sensitive, funny, active, and wild little one of ours. Celebrating her first birthday was a blast and she loved all the extra attention!

I had a hard time deciding on a gift for her... Being the youngest of eight she has so many great hand-me-down toys already and I'm a lot pickier than I used to be when it comes to purchasing new toys. A Most of her birthday gifts ended up doubling as party decorations including a new teepee which was a hit with all the kids! I even caught our 17 year old in there with her at one point. She woke up to it all set up in the living room and wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but with a little coaxing from her older brother and sisters she realized it wasn't anything to be scared of and started playing.

She had us all laughing as she crawled into the Tnee's Tpee, pulled the flaps down, then stuck her head back out to wave bye bye to all of us before going back in. Her little princess wave is the cutest!

After her afternoon nap we dressed her up for the party. I had ordered a "wild one" onesie from Bitty and Boho and found a cute little tutu and flower crown at a local baby store.

She wouldn't keep the flower crown on for very long...
but it does make a pretty addition to the top of her TeePee! 

While I got started on prepping all the food for the party, our 8 year old helped update the book cart.

Outside Your WindowMossyBackyard Birds of Summer
Born in the WildRosalind and the Little DeerJoyful Colours of the Year
Baby AnimalsA Time to KeepYou Are My Little CupcakeWhen You Were Very Small
How Animal Babies Stay Safe • Wild Backyard • National Parks: Wildlife PrimerThe Elsa Beskow Baby Book
Pastel Rainbow • Wooden Nesting Trees • My Family
Rosary RosesGrimm's Little FlowerStacking Birds • Ostheimer Wooden Animals 


I got a little carried away with party food ideas and didn't even get to making all of them...

Here is what we did have for the party: 

Gluten Free Mushroom Cupcakes 

Ants on a Log • Forest Berries

Grizzly Bears • Rainbow Trout 

Deer Droppings • Trail Mix

Wild Animals



Catch of the Day
Not Your Mother's Tuna Casserole 

Wild Greens Salad Bar 
We also served Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

Water Hole




I posted all about her little Wild One Birthday Cake here. The cake itself is the Trader Joe's Party Cake. We decorated it with Ostheimer's Baby Forest Animals wearing tiny little homemade party hats and a Wild One Cupcake Topper. I also picked up a Strawberry Cheesecake and baked GF cupcakes. 


We picked out some new books for the birthday girl: Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents, National Parks: A Wildlife Primer, Babies in the Wild: Lift-a-Flap Board Book and Wild Backyard. I only wrapped up one of them and the rest were added to the book cart. 

She was spoiled with so many fun and thoughtful gifts from family and friends! 

One of her uncles sent a birthday card letting her know that his Mass that day was being offered for her! (One of the many blessings of having uncles who are priests. Such a gift!) 

A few of her aunts bought her a tambourine.
(Thank you Aunt Mary, Aunt JoAnna and Aunt Julianna!) 

My sister Mary brought me back a 40oz Limited Edition Ombre Hydro Flask from Hawaii for my 40th birthday a few months ago and every time I try to drink out of it my baby girl would grab it away from me even though it's nearly as big as she is... So I bought her a 12 oz in a similar color. Before she was even able to get all of the wrapping paper off of her new water bottle she figured out what it was and tried to start drinking from it!

Uncle Brian, Aunt Meagan and their girls gave her a cute little wooden lamb push toy, an Indestructibles (Chew Proof, Rip Proof, Washable) Mama and Baby! book and a darling headband.

My friend Ann-Marie and her family gave her a fun wooden shape sorter

My brother's girlfriend gave her a stuffed bear and a beautiful blanket she handmade and she also received some cute summer outfits from my friend Lena and the rest of the JOY{filled}family girls! 


My Mom and Dad gave her some darling Moccasins! She tried them on and had to walk around to try them out and show them off to everyone. This baby girl is surrounded by so much love! 


After opening all the gifts all she wanted to do was nurse and snuggle. I've always joked that she is "my little introvert" and she was starting to get a little overwhelmed. She wasn't at all sure what to think about her cake and that burning candle up on top... She cried when I initially tried to put her in the highchair but was fine again once I picked her back up so I just held the cake while we all sang to her. We tried to put her back in the highchair again so she could enjoy her cake but she wasn't interested. After everyone had left, we tried again and this time she enjoyed her cake!

All she wanted to eat were the tiny little sprinkles!

Happy 1st Birthday! 


  1. What a great job you did!

    2018-06-14 18:56:03

  2. Jessica, it's just so lovely to browse through one of your posts and bask in the sheer love that radiates amongst your family. It really shines through in your words and photos.

    2018-06-14 20:54:08

  3. Stunning! You throw the most beautiful birthday parties! God bless you and your family!

    2018-06-14 21:11:11

  4. I love it. Some good book options also are When I Was Small by Sara OLeary, When You Were Small by Sara O'Leary, You Are One by Sara Oleary, You are Two Sara Oleary, and You are Three by Sara Oleary

    2018-06-14 21:27:58

    1. Thank you for the recommendations!

      2018-06-15 15:46:38

  5. What a beautiful party and so much love! I recently discovered your blog and had a couple of questions: 1. where is that book cart in the photo above from? 2. Why did you start homeschooling your children and did you have any fears going in? I have young children and am considering this option but am worried what if I fail or what will people/family think etc. Have you done any posts on the reasons you homeschool and what you love about it? If not, would you please share with me these and any tips you have for someone just starting out? 3. How have your younger children handled reading about saints? I find that most saint stories involve do I teach my children about them but not scare them? 4. Do you have any favorite family movies you all love watching together? Thank you so much!

    2018-06-14 21:41:27

  6. Okay just so you know I am stealing so many ideas from you for Baby F's next birthday :P I love it all you did amazing!!!! However I love your sweet girly even more. Such a happy day!!!! You and your family shine so brightly in this dark world.

    2018-06-15 15:16:31

  7. Absolutely precious birthday party. She is adorable and the whole party looks lovely. God bless her, you and all of yours.

    2018-06-15 16:14:07

  8. Thank you so much for sharing these ONEderful photos. Your baby Grace is so precious and so very photogenic! This birthday theme is just darling and it seems to fit her to a T! From her birthday cake to her sweet presents and her birthday meal it shows that you put so much of yourself into her special first Birth Day celebration...I am sure that you had lots of wonderful help from all of your daughters too. A most blessed family time for a very special baby girl.

    2018-06-15 18:11:22

  9. Hello Jessica, Of all the books received for her birthday, which would be your favorite? They all looked good to me!

    2018-06-15 19:30:10

  10. Jessica you did a marvelous job on Grace's 1 st birthday party. Joan

    2018-06-15 21:05:16

  11. WOW! what a great birthday celebration. Love the photos of Grace in the teepee. Your Grace is a beauty. Marion

    2018-06-15 21:08:28

  12. Jessica, what a great birthday you prepared for Grace. I love the way you displayed the food. That birthday cake is adorable. It looks like Grace enjoyed that cake. Marilyn

    2018-06-15 21:36:54

  13. I have been looking forward to this post for some time. You did an amazing job, as always! Happy 1st birthday, baby Grace! :)

    2018-06-18 16:22:22

  14. Awesome Birthday party and adorable Ideas! Happy Birthday precious "ONE" and Blessings to all 🎈💕

    2018-06-20 15:32:25

  15. Positively perfect! Happy birthday and God be praised!

    2018-06-26 05:55:53


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