Emme’s First Fiesta

What do you do when you move into a new house and have three birthdays to celebrate? You throw a fiesta! We hosted a party on Saturday to celebrate Emme’s, Adam’s, and my birthdays (but mostly Emme’s!) and our new home in Pensacola. We loved having most of our families and close friends in town to party with us over tacos and cupcakes.

I got quite the surprise on Friday when flowers showed up on my doorstep from my friend Samantha who couldn’t make it to the party. I had Nana arrange them in vases and they were the perfect addition to our party. I kept the decorations simple by picking up some festive table covers (which I cut in half and taped along the bar), balloons, and tissue pompom garlands from Dollar Tree. (Those pompoms were a royal pain to fluff but they were cute once they were finished.) I even incorporated some souvenirs from our honeymoon trip to Mexico.

We had a full taco bar catered by Tijuana Flats. When Adam showed up on Saturday morning to pick up the food, they had no clue about our order which sent me into panic mode. Thankfully they found our order and got everything together quickly. They even threw in some extra goodies like an entire pan of cookie dough flautas to make up for the inconvenience. Our guests loved being able to create their own tacos and raved about how delicious the food was. And of course Emme was a big fan!

I also ordered a smash cake and cupcakes from Smallcakes. They did a perfect job bringing my fiesta cake vision to life. Between the cookie dough flautas, cookie cake my mother in law brought, and the cupcakes, we had wayyyyy too many desserts. I started sending our guests home with cupcakes and pieces of cookie cake.

You might remember Emme had a baby shower fiesta so it only felt fitting to continue the tradition. I even wore the same top and sombrero headband! (I’m also wondering how many years I can carry on the fiesta tradition before it becomes monotonous.) Emme’s dress was a hand-me-down that I’ve had since she was born and I had always hoped she’d fit into it for her birthday. I purchased the flower crown from Blushing Bows, which was beautiful and so well made. A perfect match to her dress!

Once everyone had their fill of tacos, we opened presents. Emme got so many great gifts, including a bag full of toys from MY childhood, a walker, beach toys, bath toys, and some beautiful wooden toys that I’m sure will get added to our list of favorites.

With all the gifts open, we stripped Emme down for the cake smash. We did a practice run on her actual birthday so I knew she’d be a cake smashing professional this go around. And it didn’t take long for her to dig into the cake and have frosting everywhere! We even let little Bean get in on some of the cake action.

Having three babies in the house was the best. Emme, Morgan, and Sloane were all born within months of one another so watching them interact was so fun. Emme was showing everyone her new crawling skills. Morgan thought the ball pit was the actual best thing ever. And I loved getting snuggles from little sister Sloane who looked like a princess in her tutu.

A full taco bar, cake and cupcakes, family members from both sides, friends from three different states, a ball pit, five dogs, countless gifts, a bubble machine – we had so much fun, I hated for the day to end! But we’re thankful that although we’re in a different city now, we’re still close enough for visiting. A big HUGE thank you to everyone who came by and helped us pull off such a great party. We’re looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

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