Monday, February 18, 2013

Harper's First Birthday Party!

It doesn't seem possible, but our sweet baby girl has officially turned one year old. I can hardly remember what life was like before her, she is our whole world. Time truly flies when you're having fun!


Happy Birthday, Harper Eve! You are the sweetest, silliest, most fun little girl in the whole world. You are so beautiful, your eyes & smile light up the room! This year has been incredible & we can't wait to see what each new day brings with you in it. We love you to infinity and beyond! 


We want to thank you all so much for the sweet comments about her first birthday!! We had such a blast celebrating with our friends & family, and this sweet little kiddo certainly enjoyed herself as well! Her birthday extravaganza was so much fun! I'm excited to finally share some pictures! :)


We went to town with our pink ombre theme & I think it turned out pretty perfect! We had subs catered so that we could put all the focus on the desserts. We had cupcakes, dipped strawberry wafer cookies & lots of pink cake! Little kiddos got to tote around pink paper cups full of cheerios & frosted animal crackers! :)

pink ombre first birthday party smash cake

My ombre balloon vision was not all that I hoped it would be... looking at the pictures now I'm almost laughing at the outcome. 

pink ombre first birthday party smash cake

pink ombre first birthday party smash cake

paper straws

cupcake toppers

Harper's outfit was my favorite part of the whole day!! I worked with some fantastic Etsy shops to help me make my vision come to life & I loved how it all turned out!! She was such a little ham running around in her tutu. Such a doll baby.




After she got to visit with all of the guests, it was smash cake time! She couldn't quite figure out why she had such an audience & the singing scared the shit out of her.

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She didn't waste any time, as soon as we took the flaming pink candles out of the cake, she slapped her hand right on top. 


I had to sneak in and cut out a big piece so we could finally see how the pink ombre turned out! I made her cakes myself the night before. I actually just used two store bought white cake mixes for this one & added in this pink food coloring starting with the darkest mixture first. For the frosting, I also took the semi-easy-way-out and bought a big bag of buttercream icing from Publix! I used the same food coloring to make a few different shades of pink & then just went to town trying to frost it perfectly. It was a bit of a mess but I loved how it turned out. It was topped with this edible gold glitter .



She could not get enough of this cake, she smashed her face right into it!



Of course we were all dying just watching her chow down on her cake... and you better believe there were tears when I finally had to take it away. I swear she would have eaten the entire thing if I would have let her! I thought for sure we would be in for a pink ombre puke-a-thon after that hot mess.

At the end of the party, our guests took home mini bags of popcorn & cotton candy as party favors!



All in all, the party turned out to be so much fun & so very festive! I loved planning it & am already looking forward to next year! Thank you all again for all of the sweet birthday wishes to Harper! More to come on our Valentine's Day & Birthday Eve festivities! :) XOXO

107 comments:

  1. this is too good. i honestly have no words. you truly outdid yourself. i really can't even name my favorite part about this party! soo much goodness! happy birthday little harper <3

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  2. happy birthday to sweet harper! everything about her party looks absolutely perfect! and the ombre balloons aren't thaaaaat bad - you did good! :)

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  3. Both of your outfits and the cake turned out absolutely adorable! I love that Harper was into the cake because some babies just don't know what to do with it. As usual your chalkboard fits the occassion perfectly. Can't wait to hear about all the Valentine's festivities! Thanks for sharing, it gives me ideas for when my little girl arrives and all the things I'll be able to do with her for her first year!

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  4. I LOVE all the PINK!!! That tutu was classic!!! Great job Mama, Happy 1st Birthday Harper!!

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  5. Everything looked perfect!! Great job mama!! I made a pink ombré cake for my daughters 2nd birthday and holy Toledo... 3 boxed cakes later and 3 batches of homemade frosting and I had the largest pink ombré cake in the record book!! My guests (all 15) of them were a little shocked at the size!! But it was everything I envisioned and Cadence loved it!!!!

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  6. So perfect! You did awesome on her cake, and I'm so jealous that Harper actually ate it! Natalie is so crazy... But seriously, you did a great job. She's going to love looking back at these pictures someday :)

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  7. OH. MY. GOD. Cuteness overload! Happy first birthday, Harper! It looks awesome, and I got the point of the ombre balloons ;)

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  8. Her birthday turned out so cute! I'm dying over Harper's tutu! So adorable! I've pretty much pinned the 'one' banner for the highchair every time I see it on pintrest! It's so cute! Good job momma!

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  9. And you seriously did an amazing job on her smash cake! LOVE

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  10. So perfect! You did awesome on her cake, and I'm so jealous that Harper actually ate it! Natalie is so crazy... But seriously, you did a great job. She's going to love looking back at these pictures someday :)

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  11. Adorable! I love all the pink.

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  12. wow! I can't believe you make the cake! it looks awesome and love how little Harper was enjoying it :) so cute!
    her outfit is the best!
    thanks for sharing all this!

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  13. Those pictures are TOO precious! Especially the one with her face buried in the cake :)

    The party looks fantastic! :)

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  14. Holy shit... please post more "how to" details. I have been pinning 1st bday ideas that are all pink and all suck compared to Harper's party. You nailed it!

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  15. Perfection! My daughter turned ones last week too. So fun! We had a bunny valentine theme. Lots of photos!

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  16. Girlfriend, you did a fantastic job! I think the fact that you made everything makes this birthday extra special. I have a boy so I can't get away with all of that pink (although I did do a mostly pink V-Day table for my kiddo and hubby. You're welcome to check it out?) but I secretly wish I could! Lmao! Very nicely done. Harper will look back at those pics and just love it! :-)

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  17. You did such a wonderful job! I love the pictures of Harper eating her cake... too funny.

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  18. Beautiful party!!! Good job! Harper is adorable!

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  19. This is awesome! Everything came out fantastic and you all looked great! My guy turns one in 2 weeks, so this post had me excited for his party... "The Very Hungry Caterpiller" themed! :)

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  20. Love, love, love the pictures of Harper with the cake! She is absolutely adorable. My friends and I all read your blog and follow you on instagram! Congrats on making it through your first year as a parent, and here's to hoping that the next year is just as fun as the last!

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  21. I LOVE her little outfit! From the crown to the onesie to the tutu! Just precious! Also love the ombre cake and little details! Perfection!! xo

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  22. Her party turned out adorable. I love the ombré and her birthday outfit is too cute

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  23. LOVE the picture of her smashing her whole face in the cake !! priceless!! I love the ombre balloons, I think they look great girl ! Happy birthday sweet Harper ! :)

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  24. This is seriously the best birthday ever. Love the pictures of Harper with her face smashed into the cake! You did a fantastic job with planning out everything. I just was looking for a crown for my little guys first birthday and had found the littleblueolive store on etsy! So love that store. Her cake turned out so great too. Congrats on your birthday party success!!

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  25. LOVE IT!!!! Every part of her 1st birthday looks PERFECT. The little crown and tutu is to die for...I hope you don't mind if Sophia borrows that look for her birthday ;) And you look amazing.

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  26. I love that she has pink ombré frosting face! The whole party looks awesome and all your small details look great (the tags on the cotton candy bags, I die!)! I can't wait for my daughters first birthday. I've already been busy pinning away! Only 7 more months to go! HA! Congrats on your first year as Mama!!

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  27. super cute hun! It turned out great and i love the ombre balloons! The pic of her with the cake in the face is HILARIOUS!!! I can't wait for Avas next month! Happy bday to little miss harper! xo

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  28. I seriously want this party for myself! You did an amazing job with the cake!! It looks like Harper loved it!

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  29. So sweet! Happy Birthday to your sweet Harper :)

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  30. Amazing party that she will look back on when she's older and love :)

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  31. Everything is so pretty! I love how it all comes together! I saw Harper's cake face plant on Instagram and couldn't stop laughing--so cute!

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  32. So cute! My baby turned two on the same day! We had a pink and green turtle party and it turned out great. Planning these special days for our girls is so much fun!!

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  33. This party is sooo cute!!! I love everything and all the pink looks awesome! I love little Harper and her outfit, it's perfect! And the pictures of her with that cake are priceless! Please tell me you got a video of that!

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  34. Wow what an adorable party and even cuter birthday girl!! You should share what little miss got for some birthday gifts :) your family is awesome. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  35. It looks like Harper had an awesome party! My girl will be 7 this year and I am still in love with over the top parties :) Try a balloon swag next year, there are tuts online and I promise once you make one (despite the crazy work, enlist the help of the hubby) you'll never go back!

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  36. What an increeeeeeeeeedible job you did! Totally in awe of you!! How many pink ombre things did you have in the end?? Fifty???! So perfect. And there is nothing wrong with your balloons, they are gorgeous.

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  37. Yay. I was awaiting this post :) matthews first birthday is in 5 months & ive already gone into full planning mode but its hard to pick something cute with boys lol! I absolutely love the pink ombre! I cant believe you did it yourself, when I first saw it on instagram I was like wow she must have paid a lot for that lol! I also love the cotton candy bags, defiantely orignal & yummy! The crown is the perfect piece to her little princess look! The one banner is also really neat! You always have the coolest stuff :) happy birthday pretty girl! I cant believe ive been following for over a year, time really flies.

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  38. Love the pics!! I made some pink cake and cupcakes for my daughter's first birthday on Saturday too. I must say I was a bit surprised when I changed her diaper the next day to see that she was pooing pink!! lol. Did you experience the same with Harper??

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  39. Everything turned out so cute! Little girl is just adorable! My baby girl just turned 3 months and now you've got me thinking about her first birthday already haha ;)

    -Charlene

    www.becomingthebarrs.com

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  40. OMG- it was perfect. All the little details are amazing! I love the picture of H going at the cake! Happy Birthday, Ms. Harper!

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  41. Love the party decor!
    -ashley.
    hell0ashleyy.blogspot.com

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  42. Sooo I hope you don't mind if I copy this party down to every last detail for my daughters first this summer! Haha I have zero creative imagination and this is just perfection!! I don't have a blog and live in bfe Illinois so it will be our little secret. (; Happy Birthday to your little one!

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  43. Love, love, LOVE IT! I would like a pink ombre cake too, if you're coming to Australia anytime soon!! :)

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  44. Kudos, Mommy! Everything looks amazing!

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  45. Kudos, Mommy! Everything looks amazing!

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  46. Love the ombré theme!! So on trend!! :)

    Great job, momma!!

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  47. Hey Jess! Love your blog! I followed it before I was pregnant and now have a two month old boy!! I LOVE what you did for Harper's birthday. You can really see your love for her! What a sweet little girl! Thank you for sharing her special day!

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  48. everything looks great! you worked so hard! i think my favorite part was the cake its beautiful. (p.s. thanks for sharing all the sources, but i have to ask where your skirt is from? ive been looking high and low for a hot pink maxi skirt?)

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  49. Such acute party!!!!!!! Please tell me where you found edible gold glitter?!!

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  50. What a beautiful party. All the little details are amazing. Her cake smash pictures are so so funny! Love her outfit as well! Great job !

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  51. Ahh love it!!! SHe looks so cute and love the cake and the little poms on the cupcakes!

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  52. What a little stinker! She looked like she really enjoyed all of the attention! Great job with the party!

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  53. What an awesome party! Looks beautiful.

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  54. these photos are so fabulous -- I especially love that cake you made! I wish I had a birthday party like this! xo

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  55. Holy mother, you did such a great job! It looks like everything turned out perfectly.
    I'm in the process of planning my daughters first birthday party (6 months away, but it's never too early!), and I hope it turns out half as good as Harper's!
    And jesus, that tutu! She's such a cutie-pie :)

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  56. Happy Birthday to Harper! I think your decor looked beautiful. Absolutely LOVE that photo with Harper's face planting into her cake. My kind of girl!!

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  57. Awww everything was pink perfection!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARPER!! :)

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  58. Awww everything was pink perfection!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARPER!! :)

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  59. I love it! My 30th bday party is gonna be pink and gold theme too! It's gonna kinda look like Harper's!! Lol :)

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  60. So cute!! My 30th bday party is coming up and it's pink and gold theme. My party is going to look kind of like Harper's!! Lol :)

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  61. Happy Birthday Harper! It looks like it was a fabulous day for everyone!

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  62. Please share where your skirt is from!!

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  63. Please share where your skirt is from!! Love all the birthday details. You did such a great job!

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  64. I love love love the animal crackers and Cheerios in the paper cups! I'm doing something similar for my little dude's b-day in March. I'm serving his favorite snacks (Pirate's Booty and Goldfish) in pails with #1's painted on them! Thank you for sharing and happy birthday to sweet little Harper!

    www.littlebabyseed.blogspot.com

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  65. That cake looked too pretty to eat. I can not believe you made that. No offense lol it's just so gorgeous! What a great party! Happy birthday Harper!!

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  66. Love the theme! Happy Birthday to Harper! I have loved watching her grow on your blog! :)

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  67. The smile on her face in that first picture....I. Am. Dy-ing! So adorable. Happy Birthday Harpie!

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  68. Happy birthday, Harper! And congratulations to you and hubby for making it through her first year. What a lucky baby girl to have such loving and creative parents :)

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  69. I love everything about this party!! Sooo cute!

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  70. SO SO CUTE! our visions are pretty much identical! can't wait to show you what we came up with for Blair's first birthday coming up in march. im impressed that you made her ombre cake. i cheated and ordered mine. also, with her face in the cake, i die laughing! she is tu-tu cute. ;)

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  71. How fun!!!! The pink ombré is beautiful!! Everything about her party looked so beautiful and like the perfect girls birthday party! Happy Birthday Miss Harper!! :)
    Absolutely love your blog!!

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  72. Also...the cake is so great - looks professional! Great job!

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  73. So so cute. Great job with the decor. Quick question: from where did you order the personalized stickers on the cotton candy? And did you make the cotton candy yourself?

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  74. So so cute. Great job with the decor! Quick question: from where did you order the personalized stickers on the cotton candy? Also, did you make the cotton candy yourself?

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  75. Hey pretty mama!! What a great day. I just loved your pink maxi skirt, where did you find it? Thank you for sharing.

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  76. Super cute! I also love your skirt. Did you get it recently?

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  77. I love the pink! Definitely keeping this in mind for my little girl's 1st - even though it won't be until next May! lol

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  78. Love it all! Happy Birthday Harper!

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  79. Love all of your party details! Happy birthday to your little girl :)

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  80. Omg.. I am cracking up at her face plant in her cake!! Absolutely adorable! Such a beautiful first birthday party for Miss Harper.

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  81. :D I love it, love the way she chowed down! My little man was not happy lol he was so scared. And your table decor it's awesome. When i tired my hand at it, it was not so pretty lol

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  82. What a great birthday party. Love all the decorations. And where is your skirt from. It's so cute

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  83. What a cute birthday. Love all the decorations. And where is your skirt from. It's so cute

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  84. Looks great! Happy belated bday Harper! What happened to the Where the Wild Things Are chalkboard you were making?

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  85. Hey Jessica, I think you should start posting pics of you in your clothes with where you get things from. Seems like all your followers love your every day style.

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  86. LOVE all of the pink. :) Harper is a lucky little lady!


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  87. I have been following your blog for a while and can I please just say how amazingly talented you are! You are so inspiring and hope you always keep up this fabulous blog! Such great ideas!!! Happy birthday sweet Harper!

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  88. LOVE your blog! My boys are older (9&6) and I love to live vicariously through you with your beautiful little girl! Happy belated to sweet little Harper!

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    1. Her skirt is from Windsor :)

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  90. Wow. That looks like a lot of hard work but it turned out amazing!!! Happy Belated Birthday Harper!!

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  91. Just love your blog from pregnancy to now, too cute! my daughter was born a few months after harper and it was great reading your progress. btw love your chalkboard art. its really fantastic

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  92. Beautiful party and absolutely gorgeous birthday girl :) Love your gold belt and how much use you seem to get from it! Not sure if you've seen this or not, but there is a shop on etsy that makes gold glitter belts for little ones- One Little Belt. Just incase sweet Harper wants to match her mama ;) I just ordered one in pink for my baby girl!

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  93. Jessica, I was wondering what brand those animal crackers are, I'd love to do something similar to put in my little Easter eggs. My email is rgrange86@gmail.com thanks so much! Our fam loves little harpie!!!

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  94. Jessica, I was wondering what brand those animal crackers are, I'd love to do something similar to put in my little Easter eggs. My email is rgrange86@gmail.com thanks so much! Our fam loves little harpie!!!

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  95. I'm curious as to what you served to the adults, if anything? Or was it just desserts???

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  96. where are the stickers from that are on the cotton candy bags?

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  97. Hi I was wondering what you wore under your pink skirt? I have the same skirt, but it's see-through and I'm not sure what to do about it. Help?

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  98. Congrats and happy birthday, you're daughter is cute and jolly.

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  99. Im in love with this theme...can't wait to see what her birthday is like tomorrow! Where did you get the labels for the cotton candy? I would like to do something similar for my Harper this year

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  100. What size crown is Harper wearing?

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  101. Wow! This is really the cutest post i have read. Well, i am about to celebrate my husband's birthday at best birthday party bar nyc venue. I was finding for the birthday ideas and got you post! Thanks for sharing such a cute post!

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