The Birthday Party

by HEAB on January 31, 2012

Our favorite photographer just posted the photos from Summer’s first birthday party on her blog. Β I’m so grateful that Emily and her husband were with us the entire day as they captured so many amazing memories.

Summer was quite excited to finish off her first cupcake. πŸ™‚

We had an Eric Carle themed party. Β Love Eric Carle, and I already posted pictures of the decorations here. Β Emily got some great shots of the food. Β So please check out her post for some party food inspiration. Β The menu included:

To go along with our Eric Carle theme, I attempted to make a caterpillar cake using these all natural vegetable food dyes I found at Whole Foods. Β Well, instead of green and red cupcakes, the best I could do was a sort of mint green and pink…

Haha, so not the look I was going for, but I tried!

Emily and her husband, Chris, also set up a photo booth and took pictures of all the guests during the party. Β Each guest was instructed to write down a message especially for Summer. Β Some of my favorites…

It was a perfect day, and we’re so grateful that Emily was here to capture every second. Thanks again Emily. We love you!


Amelia @ Eating Made Easy February 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

This is so incredibly cute! And inspiring. My daughter will turn 1 in March, and I’ve never been motivated to go for fancy photography, but this makes me want to. Such beautiful memories!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I’m so glad I had someone at the party taking photos – even if you just ask a friend to do it, I highly recommend it. So many memories were captured, but all of my focus was on Summer rather than trying to snap pictures the whole day.

deva at deva by definition February 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

what a sweet party – I can’t believe that Summer is already one – it seems like just yesterday she was a teeny newborn!

vanillasugarblog February 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm

awww what a lovely post.
summer is just a cutie pie.
she looks so much like you.

Jessy Keim February 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Heather, you look so beautiful in that last picture!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Thanks Jessy. πŸ™‚

Health Bee February 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Great photos! Summer is so adorable!

Desire @ Oh Well Whatever February 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm

So stinkin cute! I love the idea of having a photographer at the party, I so should have done that. Forgot to take any photos until after the party and the place was wrecked. Might need to steal the photo booth idea…

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Yes, I’m so glad we had Emily come to take pics of the party. Otherwise, I would have been so focused on taking pics of everything, or like you I wouldn’t have taken pics at all. And yes, definitely steal the photo booth idea – some of my favorite pics from the party! πŸ™‚

Em (Wine and Butter) February 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Hi Love – I know everyone is obsessed with how cute Summer is… but how beautiful do YOU look in that last photo… like a mom off the OC (in a good way!!) xox

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Thanks Em. πŸ™‚

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood February 1, 2012 at 11:16 am

Omigod, I am in love with your daughter. Seriously πŸ˜‰ She’s so adorable!<3

Holly February 1, 2012 at 10:59 am

How precious! Thanks for “inviting” me to this party — it looks like a blast! (And, for the record, I’d prefer a pale caterpillar over an artificially dyed one any day — yours looks quite chic ;)). I just read this in the times and thought of you (and Summy):

Maybe next year’s birthday gift? πŸ˜‰

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I love all those kitchen products, and gosh, I could use some of them myself, especially the cut proof gloves. I’m so accident prone! Thanks for passing on the article and glad you liked my pale ‘pillar! πŸ˜‰

Aylin @ Glow Kitchen February 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

You have such a beautiful daughter! I love the chalkboard idea.

Kellie February 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

She is so cute. Congratulations on your twins. I have three little one (not twins, though) and it is great. I have an off topic question for you that I was hoping you could email me if you have time. I have really been into yoga the past few years. I quit running due to an ED and yoga has really transformed my body. I am thinking about getting my 200hr teacher certification but as I am looking deeper I am seeing how deeply eastern religion is part of yoga. It worries me as I am a Christian and don’t want to “serve other gods” as the bible states. I wanted to email Polly from Yoga is yummy and get her opinion, but her email is not listed. You said you were reading through Proverbs so I just wanted to see your opinion on Christianity and practicing yoga. Thank you.

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

How exciting you want to get your yoga certification! I know Polly and another one of my friends studied yoga here: It’s a Christian based yoga training center in Arizona. Both of them enjoyed the program. I think that yoga is what you make it – yes, it is very spiritual, and for me, it’s a way to connect to God. Others use it to connect in other ways, depending on their own faith. In other words, I truly believe you can be both a practicing Christian and an amazing yoga instructor – just stay true to yourself. πŸ™‚

tracey February 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

So darn cute, Summer, your family and the decor!!!!

I am loving the Salmon and Goat cheese dip!

I think I have the Very Hungry Caterpillar memorized. I like when he eats the nice big green leaf and feels much better! I think I will use this as a life lesson when Evelyn gets older πŸ™‚ I’m weird, I know!!!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Not weird, not weird at all. A good life lesson for us all. πŸ™‚

Kellie February 1, 2012 at 7:28 am

oh my… Summer is the cutest baby! Love love love the fists in the air! So dang cute!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Kellie. She is pretty stinkin’ cute, no? πŸ˜‰

coco February 1, 2012 at 6:06 am

happy birthday Summer, you are soooo cute, sooo adorable!!!

Heather, what a great party! you are such a good mom! you give me so much ideas of how to love the kids!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I know you’ll make a great mama too someday! πŸ™‚

Lena February 1, 2012 at 3:04 am

Love the pictures!!!
It must have been real fun!!! wish i could join you all! πŸ˜›

Lou February 1, 2012 at 1:55 am

Oh Heather, you look just amazingly gorgeous in that photo, you have the best smile πŸ™‚

I carry around Herman every day – he’s pinned to my bag, and Misty plays with him all the time… too cute – I get lots of comments ‘who is Herman?’ Ha.

For next time, a tiny bit of spirilina powder makes an intense green, and beetroot is awesome for a vibrant pinky-purple x

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm

when people ask, here is the story of Herman: One of my friends wrote the book – such a neat story. πŸ™‚

Thanks for the coloring tips – I remember reading some on your blog after I bought the vegetable food coloring and thinking, should have just gone to Lou first!

robyn jones clark February 1, 2012 at 12:37 am

oh my…. i didn’t see these… i’m in total love…

Laura @ She Eats Well February 1, 2012 at 12:16 am

Summer is so stinking cute; look at her eyes! I love the theme for her birthday party and especially love the caterpillar cupcakes; so creative! I also love the idea of writing Summer a message in the photo….what a lovely idea.

Shoni January 31, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Hi Heather,

I just found your blog today through Pinterest. I clicked on it because I am also a big almond butter fan. Anyway, I’m curious about your no-sugar diet. It sounds heavenly to me. After yo-yo-ing on the low-carb diet, I think I need to try something different.

I’m a little confused when you say no sugar. When I look at ingredient labels, lots of things say that there are a few grams of sugar, including almond butter. Is this a different type of sugar? Are you only abstaining from refined sugar?

Thanks for your time and am excited to begin following. πŸ™‚

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Hi Shoni,
So glad you found me and thanks for reading. So, when I say no sugar, I mean added or refined sugar. Many foods contain naturally occurring sugars in them, and I don’t really mind those. That being said, I tend to avoid a lot of fruit b/c it’s so naturally high in sugar. I still eat it, just not more than a serving or two in a day.

I will say that I used to be very anti-sugar and never ate it. Then when I was pregnant in 2010, it’s all I could eat some days. So, I just went with it, and now I do enjoy a little sugar here and there. Life is a little more fun when you’re not always turning down the cake at parties. Oh, and I’m pregnant again, and so my posts have been a little sugar heavy lately.

So, usually I just try and avoid anything with added sugar, including honey, maple syrup, agave, etc. Even veggies contain some sugar on their own, and to avoid it altogether, you’d have to live on zero carbs. No thanks! Love me some sweet potatoes! πŸ™‚

Hope this helps and thanks again for reading.

Laura@mypurposefullife January 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Summer is so beautiful! Her birthday spread sounds incredibly delicious. What a lucky girl!

I have been relatively unplugged lately and just NOW saw that you are expecting twins?!?! That is beyond exciting. Congrats to all three of you!!

While I have never commented on your blog before, Heather, I commented when you wrote a guest post on Gina’s blog when she was having Livi. I’ve been a silent lurker for years (up until now!), but I wanted to let you know that I love HEAB and it is forever one of my favorites. I am so excited to read about another pregnancy on your blog. πŸ™‚ Congrats again.

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Oh wow, thanks so much Laura. I’m so glad you commented – love hearing from longtime readers, especially ones that follow Gina as well. Love that girl and her beautiful new daughter. πŸ™‚

Dea January 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Heather, you’re adorable. Summer and the Twinsies are lucky!

Ameena January 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Love the cupcake cake! So cute. I am really impressed with your creativity, especially since I have none of my own!

Beautiful photos.

Katie January 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I love everything about this post and the party! I can’t believe you made all that yourself!! Just think, in a little over a year, you’ll be doing this again…for two!!

My sister did a chalkboard thing at her wedding with a photo booth. They turned out to be the best pictures from the entire day.

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Don’t think I haven’t thought about that. Thankfully, the twins will have a summer birthday. So that means pizza party by the pool. Easy. Done! πŸ™‚

steph January 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm

great pics! how far apart in age will your twins and summer be?

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Depending on when the twins arrive, Summer will be either 19 or 20 months old. πŸ™‚

Pure2raw twins January 31, 2012 at 9:47 pm

beautiful party and what an adorable picture of Summer! yay for first cupcake. first of many right πŸ˜‰

Lara January 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Heabie, What a fun and memorable party! I love the photobooth-style pictures, especially Grandma & Grandpa’s and Mama’s. You are truly glowing.

I think I may have told you this story already (sorry if I have), but my niece had a hungry caterpillar themed birthday party a couple years ago, and my sister got WAY too carried away with it. I brought bananas or something for the fruit salad, and she dismissed them, saying, “But the hungry caterpillar didn’t eat bananas!” LOL.

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

No, you hadn’t told me that story. That is hilarious! What did she serve to eat at the party? Leaves? πŸ˜‰

natasha January 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Cool tip on the WF all natural vegetable dye! My daughter cannot have red #40 so i willl have to remember WF has the natural ones.

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

These are the dyes I used: Bought them at Whole Foods rather than Amazon b/c I didn’t need a pack of three.

Natalie January 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm


Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco January 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm

You and Summer just get more beautiful by the day. πŸ˜‰

Tiffany Lee January 31, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I love the pics. Especially Scotty and Summer. LOL love it!!

Maren January 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

The last two pictures on Emily’s blog are priceless! The first, Summer looks pleasantly full and the second, she looks so sly!! πŸ™‚

And the picture of you on here…well, you just look gorgeous and glowing πŸ™‚

Paula January 31, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Great pics, yummy menu–looks like a wonderful time! Hard to believe Summer is a year old.

TeenyLittleSuperChef January 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm

First off, you look absolutely gorgeous in that last picture. So pretty! It’s no wonder where Summer gets her beautiful little face. I hope she had a great first birthday party. As someone who has been following your blog for many years now, it’s hard to believe she’s already reached that milestone. Time really flies. By the way, thanks for the menu from the party. This sounds like the perfect one for the Super Bowl party I’m hosting this weekend. I can’t wait to try the salmon and goat cheese dip… yummmmmmmmm!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Thanks so much Teeny, and I hope your party goes well on Sunday. I’m sure it will be a huge success! πŸ™‚

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli January 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Aww, Emily did such a fantastic job capturing the love of your family….not that I’m at all surprised. Summer is looking more and more like you each day, I swear!

Love the idea of the photo booth/message board…too cute!

STUFT Mama January 31, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Um… love pretty much EVERYTHING about the party. Am not going tohide the fact that I’m totally jealous of how cute it all is. Those darn cupcakes- are you kidding me? Oh, I realy want to be more like you! (Really, I do. I tell myeslf everyday to be IN THE MOMENT like Heather said). πŸ™‚ Hugs!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Hope you enjoyed some cupcakes of your own yesterday! πŸ™‚

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm

What an adorable party and the caterpillar cake…too cute! We love Eric Carle and have so many books and I think around Summer’s age, I had most of them memorized, word for word, and probably still have many of them memorized πŸ™‚

Your cake turned out fabulously…and can you believe how fast she’s growing up?! Skylar is turning 5 on Thursday. Time flies.

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

No, I can’t, and I can’t believe Skylar will turn 5 tomorrow. WHAT?!? Make time stop please.

Shelby January 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Oh my gosh, Heather you look stunning!

Love the Eric Carle theme, Brown Bear was the first book I read by myself πŸ™‚

Will definitely e-mail you tonight!

Liz @ iheartvegetables. January 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Oh my gosh! She’s ADORABLE! I remember when she was born πŸ™‚ aww

Happy Birthday Summer!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Me too. Seems like just yesterday. Sigh…

Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

That first photo must make you one proud foodie mommy. πŸ™‚

Sara Lake January 31, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Your daughter looks a lot like you! She is totally adorable. I’m planning a one year olds party right now (my nephew, who will be visiting from Switzerland, so I’d better make it worth his while). I love the idea of photographs with messages. That’s perfect.

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Sara – definitely do the photo booth for your nephew. I’m so glad Emily suggested it as those are some of my favorite pics from the party!

Jennifer January 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Beautiful pictures, Heather (and Emily).

The last one on Emily’s site (with the dog) needs to be in a frame. So cute. πŸ™‚

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I think so too – I love that photo! πŸ™‚

Samantha January 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm

The cloud and sky photo booth is so GREAT! What a fun idea! You are stunning as always and Summer, couldn’t be any cuter. What a sweetie!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Thanks Samantha. Emily gets all the credit for the photo booth. So glad she suggested it as I love all those pics!

Clair January 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm

The Eric Carle theme is SUCH an amazing idea! I checked out her post, and you both have captured what looks like a fantastic event.

I especially love that first pic of Summer…SO adorable.

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Thanks Clair. πŸ™‚

Liz January 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Those pictures and the ones on her blog are adorbs! I especially love the one of Summer in black and white. Looks like a great party!

Rachel @ I'm Loving Today January 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Oh my gosh, so cute! Fantastic photos from an adorable birthday party – love the photo booth!

Alyssa January 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Sweet!!!!!! :):):):)

Mama Pea January 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm

a. Summer is so big!
b. That cake is adorable–I just pinned it.
c. You are even more gorgeous than I remembered.

Party on HEAB family!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Thanks so much Mama Pea. πŸ™‚

katie @KatieDid January 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

how adorable, summer will love looking back on those pictures when she’s older. You did an amazing job planning the party, it looks like it was such a great time with delicious sounding food!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Thanks so much Katie. We did have a lot of fun that day. πŸ™‚

Jenn (eating bender) January 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Great pictures! You look positively gorgeous in that last one, and Summer looks so happy. I am a huge Eric Carle fan, too. πŸ™‚

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Thanks Jenn!

Brittany January 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm

So stinkin’ cute! And, you look gorgeous in the last photo Heather!!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Thanks Brittany. πŸ™‚

Jen January 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

1) Those photos look gorgeous – as do you!

2) I can’t believe you’re pregnant!! I just had to read back a bunch of posts – and TWINS!! So excited and happy for you πŸ™‚ Wow, just wow.

And, 3)…Holy yum, food cravings πŸ™‚

Christin@purplebirdblog January 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I absolutely love the chalkboard notes to Summer and your brother in the sunglasses pic (that’s him, right?). CD looks just like his parents, and you are absolutely STUNNING. Love it!!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Yep, that was Uncle Scott. πŸ™‚ That photo cracks me up, and yes, CD is a duplicate of his dad. Totally.

kathleen @ the daily crumb January 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

that photo booth is such a great idea!! you will LOVE having those years from now.. and summer will too!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I know – I’m so grateful Emily suggested it as those are my favorite photos from the party!

gina (fitnessista) January 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm

i loved looking at the photos from the party! amazing.
and you are gorgeous as ever, mama cita
love you!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Thanks Gina. πŸ™‚

Ally January 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Summer is adorable and you look beautiful! What a cute party! xo

Heather @ Bake, Run, Live January 31, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Love the cupcake picture- Summer is adorable! Your menu sounds (and looks) amazing and that caterpillar is so cute!

Erica January 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Girl! You look fabulous. And what a cute party. Love Eric Carle too!!

Rose January 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm

LOVE love love these photos. Summer looks so happy.

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Love that photo backdrop! Especially the little cloud.

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Thanks Samantha. Here is where I got the idea for the clouds: It was super easy.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I loooove Eric Carle books too. I remember as a child (about 1984/85ish) sitting on the floor of the library flipping through The Very Hungry Caterpillar for hours and just being so amazed by the colors (maybe it was an early inspiration for me to become the art teacher that I am today?).
The first photo is SO CUTE (love the triumph!) and I love the photo booth idea! I’ve seen it at weddings before, but man- this is going to be great for her to look back at years from now. So creative, you are!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Lauren, from one Eric Carle fan to another, thank you. πŸ™‚

Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad January 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Ahh, what a lovely menu! And the decorations are great. I just went back to the old post and noticed the party favors. Bookmarks are such a fun and useful idea πŸ™‚

I will have to use that chalkboard message in a picture idea sometime.

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm

CUPCAKES!!! Love these pictures! I think the cupcake design is perfect! What an incredible theme and it looks like it was quite the incredible celebration for such a special little girl! Love it!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

And I love those cupcakes. Need to make more soon – my brother has requests them too. πŸ™‚

Jennie (the gf-gf) January 31, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Bhahaha! That pic of Summer cracked me up – I’ve never seen someone so excited about cupcakes, but I appreciate the sentiment!!

HEAB February 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I don’t know…I get pretty darn excited when cupcakes are involved. πŸ˜‰

Stefanie January 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm

What a great looking party. It sounds like everyone had a great time.

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