Finn’s Party

This week has been an amazing one for my sweet little family. First, on Wednesday we went to court to finalize Finn’s adoption. It was an incredibly emotional and joyous day for us, and we were so blessed to share it with family and friends. My brother in law filmed it for me, and created a CD of the event and added little videos of Finn over this last year. I think I started crying in the first 60 seconds, it was so beautiful (not to mention the rest of the way through).

Then on Thursday Finn took six whole steps. He is walking so well when flying back and forth between open arms that catch him. I just know he is days away from walking every where.

And yesterday we celebrated Finn’s first birthday with family and friends. His actual birthday is Tuesday, but July is a busy month for birthdays in our family (today is actually my mom’s birthday) so we had to squeeze it in before hand.

I wanted to share pictures of how his party turned out. I think it turned out so sweet… I’ll let you be the judge….

You may remember my Fox themed party inspiration post here. I decided to go with red, blue, black and green as the primary colors. I found several items on Etsy, but was amazed that I couldn’t find very many fox things in stores. The vintage pop bottles I bought on Etsy from The Brown Shed, and loved them paired with the blue and white straws I bought from Hey Yo Yo. I had intended to fill them with lemonade for the kiddos but since I had so few, I decided to just use them as decoration.

The goodie bags were made up of several fun items all in the fox theme. The bag itself is a reusable snack bag and I had them custom ordered from this sweet little shop: PepperPicnic. I filled each one with several fun things, including a fox finger puppet from AmyPanda. Every child also got a book (age appropriate) that included a story about a fox. Then I finished them off with woodland animal stickers, a sucker, a ball, some animal figurines, a party favor, and a toothbrush with a little fox on it.

I brought out some of my wooden crates, wire baskets, wooden puzzle pieces and pinecones to add to the woodland feel. I also bought these tiny little felted animals from this shop: MuddyFeet.

I bought several fox and woodland animal masks from many different Etsy sellers (HerFlyingHorses, BHBKidstyle, Opposite of Far and Little Bit). They ranged from foxes, raccoons, fawns, badgers and pumas (not sure if I can call the Pumas woodland animals, but they were cute!). I intended to have each of the kids wear them for the party, but somehow it never quite worked out. I did get a picture of the pretty miss Parker in the fawn mask though! (above). I think I’ll have another fun shoot with Finn and his new teepee from Mom and Dad with his little masks on very soon.

My mother in law, Sherry made the cupcakes for the party guests and also a small little cake for Finn. She was really sweet and even took cake decorating classes before hand so she could make the frosting extra pretty. She is such a wonderful Grandmother to Finn. He is lucky enough to have five grandmas that just adore him.

I made the little flags with the stamped “1″ and the larger cake banner with his name to decorate his cake and cupcakes. I was excited at how they turned out as I almost never attempt things like these, as I am generally not a crafty person.  I also made the little articulated fox and raccoon you may have noticed up there in the party photos. (I saw them on Etsy in this shop: Jennifer Baughan, and tried to recreate them at a much larger scale on my own. Not quite as cute, but I was proud to have made them myself).

Finn’s little shirt, which says “uno” also came from an Etsy seller: Little Threads Clothing. As did his custom party hat, which I ordered from Just a Squidge. I asked her for a little red wagon, a chocolate lab in a party hat, the “1″ and a little sun on top. I think she did a great job incorporating my ideas and making them even cuter with the added presents and details.

Finn loved it when everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. Just look at him up there with those dirty knees, one shoe and silly grin. :o) My sister Morgan captured the three shots above, and the three below, and I just love them.

Finn’s bib, I’m sure you’ve seen on the blog before in my previous posts, came from Etsy seller, Down Home Amy.  I adore all of them!

It was truly an amazing day and an end to an amazing week that we surely will never forget.

 

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Dori - July 15, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Ohhhhh…So very, very sweet! (sniff, sniff…where are my tissues…) Happy Birthday, Finn! You are a very special little boy and so loved.

Life is pretty rich, isn’t it? Blessing to you and yours, Sara dear!

Monique - July 15, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Moments like these.. make life unbelievably blessed.

He’s so lucky and you’re so lucky and he’s soo cute!!
Lovely photos on top of it all:)

Rachael - July 15, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Congratulations on your final adoption order, I remember our one for the Princess clearly as if it were yesterday, we bought her the book “Guess How Much I Love You” to commemorate it! Your baby’s birthday looks divine, love your theme and his happy wee face xo

Alice W. - July 15, 2012 - 9:30 pm

What a year! so happy for all of you…looks like Finn’s party was spectacular…I would expect nothing less :) Happy Birthday to your little guy on Tuesday!!!

laurie magpie ethel - July 15, 2012 - 10:39 pm

What a party and Happy Birthday to Finn. Love that second photo with the birthday banner in the foreground and Finn’s smiling face!

cathy - July 15, 2012 - 10:45 pm

Well what an amazing year you guys have had…I was showing the photos to Kirstie this morning and we both can’t believe how much he has grown…He is truly blessed to have you in his life….so many more memories to come….Treasure every moment sweet lady….Love from aus xoxo

SuZeQ - July 16, 2012 - 12:19 am

In tears … so very very happy for you. You certainly waited long enough. Happy Birthday, little man.

Danielle - July 16, 2012 - 1:00 am

Finn is such a blessing to you and to our whole family! I think we’re all pretty lucky to call him our own :). Great job on the party (and awesome blog post)!

Happy 1 year anniversary of being a mommy!

Joyce - July 16, 2012 - 2:49 am

A fab week you had! Congratulations and may the years ahead be double blessed and filled with golden moments. xo

ana {bluebirdkisses} - July 16, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Happy 1st birthday Finn! The party, the little cutie…everything is perfect. Congrats on doing such an amazing job as a momma.

Jody - July 16, 2012 - 4:36 pm

Sara,

Your happiness shines through in your words and in every photo. Thank you for sharing such a special day!

Lolo - July 16, 2012 - 8:42 pm

So precious! So much excitement in one week for you all :) Big hugs on the Adoption finalization….the cherry on top!! I have adored you sharing Finn and your lives and it always brings a smile to my face when you have a new pic of him on Instagram. LUV. Enjoy these last few days of him not walking….he will be running EVERYWHERE very soon – get some new running shoes for yourselves as you will be chasing him all over the place!! Hugs – XOX

victoria - July 16, 2012 - 9:16 pm

So very happy for you and your sweet family…a birthday hug for Finn!

Victoria
femininechicboutique.com

Penny Patten-Bryant - July 17, 2012 - 1:24 am

So very cute! A childs 1st Birthday Party is so much fun. Congrats on finalizing Finns adoption!

scraperka - July 17, 2012 - 6:25 am

Hi!
You have amazing blog:)))
Im here becouse of Dreamy Whites :)
You have also wonderful family:)
Best wishes
ania

Spencer - July 17, 2012 - 8:25 pm

Happy Birthday Little Finn… With tons of blessings for the years to come..

Spencer

WendyW - July 18, 2012 - 1:36 am

What a beautiful occasion! Your little darling looks so happy!! Happy Birthday to Finn :-) Love to you all xxx

Amanda Morrison/Little Bit - July 18, 2012 - 8:13 pm

So glad that my Fawn (and Wolf) mask could be part of such a great 1st birthday party!I admire the thought and effort you put into such an important 1st for your little guy :)

Maryj - July 18, 2012 - 11:46 pm

Happy birthday Finn!

Corry Pepper {Pepper Picnic} - July 20, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Wow – looks like the sweetest little birthday party ever! Thank you so much for including a link to my Etsy shop! The snack bags tie in perfectly with your theme and you presented them so well! It’s wonderful to see my products in use. Lucky little Finn and friends. He is adorable!