Ocoee's big day started off badly. She had a fever due to teething and the sky was gray and dark. But it turned out to be perfect. The sky turned bright blue and cloudless and after a nice long nap Ocoee rallied. She wasn't 100% but she enjoyed all the attention and celebrations.
The theme for Ocoee's birthday party was girly campout. This was because Ocoee's favorite thing to do this summer was camping out. We had a gourmet s'more bar that was a huge hit! Lots of different chocolates and 8 different types of gourmet marshmallows. The marshmallows were made by local Marshmallow guru, Marshmelanie, who you can do custom orders with. She was great to work with and the marshmallows were super tasty. We had toasted coconut, spicy chocolate, raspberry, chocolate, original and strawberry banana among our choices. There were three different types of graham crackers as well.
Another thing we had was a photobooth. I purchased some cute fabric, taped it to the wall and set up a chair. Then I used my ipad with the best app ever, Pocketbooth. The photo app allows you to order printed version of the strip mailed to your house. I picked some of the best ones to order and use in the thank you notes for our guests.
I also ordered cute photobooth props off of Etsy from IttyBittyWedding. The props made the whole event more fun. For the kiddos I purchased wooden masks props at Joann's that were like coloring pages on wooden sticks that each kid got to color and use in the photo booth.
One of the highlights of the party was the launching of the wish laterns. We hiked over to the park and each of us launched a latern that carried a wish for Ocoee. The laterns were insanely fun and pretty. They went really high into the air and burned for a long time. This was hit with the kids for sure. We will have to do this again, maybe for new years when Ocoee is older.
The recipe is from here.
Outside we had a few hay bales and our tent around the fire pit for the perfect s'more roasting area. We will use the hay bales for the chickens after the party.
The banner that says Happy Birthday was purchased off Etsy from Paisley Greer. The banner was really well made and will hold up for several parties. The puffs hanging from the ceiling are from Martha Stewart and were put together by my wonderful mother in law who was in town to celebrate Ocoee's birthday and lend a hand with all the planning.
We used a Dr. Suess book for all the guest to sign. The book will be a great memory for Ocoee when she grows up.
Moozle Home. Kate was great to work for. Not only are her teepees one of a kind, extremely great quality and adorable, she also was able to get the teepee finished and shipped to me in record time. She was very kind as I stressed and fretted the big gift arriving on time. I was thrilled when the teepee arrived the day before the big event. Ocoee was immediately inside playing. Perfect gift for girly campout.
Dainty Couture off Etsy. Can you tell I LOVE Etsy. I say those who can't craft, buy off Etsy! This will go in her keepsake box as well. She didn't wear it for too long but it was adorable when she did. She had her own little cake to smash or eat, but in the end decided to do neither. She picked the whole plate up and licked it, sat it down once everyone oohed and ahhhed and was done with the whole business. For once she didn't feel like getting messy. Go figure.
I can hardly believe Ocoee is one. As I laid her down for bed after such a big exciting day, my eyes filled with tears as I felt the rush of joy I have experienced in the last year. The love she has filled me with radiates through my life. What a blessing she is.
Happy Birthday Ocoee.