Livi’s first birthday party

We spent a large portion of our Monday hanging out with family and friends, playing in kids-friendly exhibits, eating pizza,


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(I had them set up on beautiful silver cupcake tiers and forgot to take a pic. Womp womp)

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oh, and making slime! πŸ˜‰Β 


Today we had our *big* party for Livi’s first birthday at the Children’s Museum here in Tucson.

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We had a small dinner at home on Liv’s actual birth date, but wanted to have a larger get-together with all of our friends + the entire family. We decided to do it a few weeks later, after the holiday season.

An outdoor party would have been fantastic, but Tucson January weather tends to be a little cyclical. It was in the 40s last week, and in the high 70s this week! It feels like spring. (And also may be a huge reason why I’ve felt under the weather; when the seasons change, I tend to get the sniffles.)

The Children’s Museum ended up being the perfect venue. It was a large enough space to accommodate a large number of guests, the staff set up tables and chairs with tablecloths and balloons,

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there was access to a full kitchen with a food area

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(I kept it simple with Costco pizzas, Goldfish crackers, fruit leather, popcorn, veggie tray)

they did two activities with all the kids (made slime and volcanos)

and everyone had free rein of the awesome exhibits. (If you’d like to check out more pics of the Children’s museum, there are a few in this post and this post.)

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Even so, I think the adults had just as much fun playing as the kids πŸ˜‰Β 

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I’m so glad we were also able to celebrate such a huge milestone with all of our friends and family. I know that chances like this are rare, especially since I have no idea where we’ll be living for her next birthday, so it makes moments like this even more special.Β 

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It was a beautiful day to celebrate a beautiful girl. She’s a lucky lady to be surrounded by so much love <3



Party deets:

Cupcake details: inspiration pic here; used Joe-Joe’s (from TJs) for the mouth, orange M&Ms for the noses (madre picked up a pack of all orange at a party store), Elyon brand marshmallows, this buttercream frosting recipe, boxed GF mix for the cakes. To color the frosting, I used India Tree food coloring.

Livi’s birthday shirt is here

Birthday banner is here

[No affiliation with any of the above companies, only wanted to spread the word for fellow Elmo-loving babies with birthdays coming up]

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  1. Tara on January 21, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    What an awesome party! Happy Birthday again Liv!

  2. Michele on January 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Love the cupcakes! Happy Birthday to Olivia!

  3. Abby @ Change of Pace on January 21, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Oh wow- it looks like a perfect birthday celebration from the decor to the fun location full of family and friends! So special, especially since you don’t know if you’ll be near family for her 2nd. Happy birthday, and way to throw a special party, Gina!

  4. Lisa on January 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Oh gosh, dying over all this cuteness! I love how the cupcakes match her outfit. That is kind of the best. I totally wish we could pull those types of things as adults;) That would not be cute.

  5. @pluvk on January 22, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Such a great idea to have it at a Children’s Museum! Those places are a lot of fun, and you’re right — I think it’s fun for the adults, too! Thanks for sharing… and posting those cupcakes. Now I’m craving. πŸ™‚

  6. Sana on January 22, 2013 at 2:14 am

    This is a lovely celebration for you and your family πŸ™‚

  7. Madison on January 22, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Coolest mom ever!!! πŸ™‚ I love those cupcakes! I want some for my birthday too.

  8. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on January 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Those cupcakes are SO adorable! Good job!

  9. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on January 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

    It looks like it was a success! Awesome job mama! πŸ˜‰ I love the cupcakes! Livi was so cute. I’m sure it was nice to have all of her closest family and friends around to shower her with love!

  10. Emily on January 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

    How sweet! I can’t believe she’s one already. feel like I was just reading about her birth! Her outfit is adorable too…what a lucky little lady! πŸ™‚

  11. Grace @ PracticingGrace on January 22, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Very impressed by the cupcakes!! Happy day to all!

  12. Kim on January 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

    What wonderful memories y’all are making for Liv!!! The museum looks like an ideal birthday venue and those cupcakes are too cute!!!

  13. LisaG on January 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Great ideas! Good job. She is so adorable. My kids loved Elmo too!

  14. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on January 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    What an amazing first birthday party! Livi is very lucky to have such loving parents!

  15. cathy on January 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    So cute! We did my daughter’s 6th birthday at the children’s art museum by us and it was also a huge hit. We’re doing my son’s 4th at a stable/park in a couple weeks. πŸ™‚

  16. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on January 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    What an adorable party! You look awesome in that last picture with Liv!

  17. Jennifer on January 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Everything looks like so much fun and those cupcakes are adorable.

  18. Liz @SouthernCharm on January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    So precious! I love the party and her outfit!

  19. Bek @ Crave on January 23, 2013 at 6:34 am

    What a great idea for a party venue! You’ll have to go back with her when she’s a bit older haha. Adults are just big kids really πŸ˜‰

  20. discorunner on January 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Those cupcakes are TOO cute! Happy birthday to Liv!

    • Fitnessista on January 23, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      thank you!!

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