Thursday, November 10, 2011


a perfect fall day.
a woodland party in the woods.
an adorable owl hat made by mimi [tanks mooms!].
a risky plan to have an outdoor party at the park. in western ny. at the end of october. it snowed 2 days later...
it was the best birthday party fab's has ever had.

eventually this little stinker figured out she could take the hat off...
the most delish and prettiest dessert table you ever did see.
..sea salt caramel cupcakes
..brooklyn blackout cupcakes velvet cupcakes
..caramel apples [with real homemade caramel. i ate one of these a day for like a week.]
..caramel popcorn bars
..all made by auntie manda. she's sick in the brain. in a good way.

..totally adorable owl rocks made by uncle mike. see detail here.
we had the party at the county park, one of our favorite places. i loved the rustic pavilion. the big stone fireplace was the perfect place to nurse my tiny tot.

the cakes. the pink cake was fab's 'smash cake'. isn't it seriously beautiful?! it was seriously yummy also. and there were pink layers inside. amazing.
i LOVE this cake progression!...

fabs eyeing down the cake. those chubby little hands. love.

the perfect little dress with woodland animals also from auntie manda.

fabienne joy...
a year ago i did not realize just how much joy you would bring into our lives. your smile makes my heart smile. your dimple makes me want to squeeze you. i love the way your whole face lights up when you smile. i love that you already have so much spice and want to do things your way. you make your mommy and daddy smile every day. you fill our home with laughter. you work so hard to do things that come naturally to so many. we are so proud of you. God knew what he was doing when he gave you to us and we wouldn't have it any other way. we love you fabienne joy.

** sorry for the dramatic pause in the middle of my birth story. my tiny tot is teething and decided to stop sleeping at night, which leads to an extremely exhausted mommy. i'm working on it, cross my heart.


  1. it was the best birthday party fabs has ever had. i love that picture of her staring at the cake. eep - and all those big smiles!! and that last photo with her standing is amazing!! i can't wait to see her and squeeze her!!

  2. Holy moly, you have a beautiful family! Happy birthday to your little one!!! :)

  3. Ummmm, ok where do I begin on this one?? Love the cake's, cupcakes, and how cool is the caramel apples with the sticks, love it, love it!!! you guys are so amazingly creative!!Great job!!! Fabs, well that's a story in itself, NEVER seen a more beautiful birthday girl!!!!! Just like she knew that was "her day". Only one thing missing "ME"!!!!!

  4. Beautiful through and through.
    Happy Birthday to your little girl!

  5. fun! looks like a nice party. colden had woodland theme for his first too :o)

  6. Oh, how wonderful! Happy Birthday Fabs--the world is a better place with your smile in it;)