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Please don’t be upset with me for being MIA last week! Still be my best friend, okay! We finally threw Graeyson’s first birthday party! His birthday was May 17th, but my husband was living in San Diego at the time and we wanted to wait until he could be here. It just seems like by the time you find out when people are available you are ready to plan the second birthday party!

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Throwing a party is not easy! Hoy vey! All week I was busy working away between meal planning, thinking about decorations, thinking about activities and then purchasing everything and putting it together! We had about 50 people that were in our home on Saturday. It was crazy hot sticky weather, thank goodness we have a pool! We had food in about 4 refrigerators! We made food in two different kitchens! It was so crazy. I don’t think I will ever have a party that large again!

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Graeyson’s theme was trains! It was actually pretty fun putting it all together and between my creative juices and my husband’s aunt, we had done pretty well if I do say so myself! She was here with my until 12:30 am the night before the party and then Graeyson decided to wake up at 5:15am the day of the party. Hoy, that definitely hurt as the day went on.

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We had taken butcher paper to lay down on the serving table and had made trains and cabooses out of those aluminum trays. We made tracks out of electrical tape and made little crossing figurines by gluing them to wine corks. It was so so cute! I was very pleased with how it all turned out. I also made a photo booth in the living room. There was trains on the wall and balloons. In the middle there was an open laundry basket that said “Loads of Fun.” I mean, really, how cute is that! We set up the camera so that people could take pictures out there on their own. I really wish I had taken more pictures of the before and the food, but I got way too busy!

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So the big question I am sure you want answered was what kind of food did we serve. For appetizers it was mainly different kinds of crackers, chips, dips, veggies, that kind of thing. For lunch we had barbecued chicken, ribs, my Oodles of Zucchini Noodles Lasagna, my Crack Kale Salad, Organic Berries, potato salad and barbecue green beans. We had so much food leftover, but you know the two things that were practically gone were my Oodles of Zucchini Noodles Lasagna and my Crack Kale. I had several people asking for the recipes and I got to say those magic words, “It’s on nilsenpantry.com.” Having this website has saved my life from having to write out recipes and if people lose the recipe it is right there online for them to easily print off again. JOY!

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We want to thank everyone that came and helped make Graeyson’s birthday happen! He had the best day ever. My favorite part was when we sang Happy Birthday to him! He just lit up and was smiling and clapping like crazy. It was so sweet!

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Thanks again everyone!

XO Nicole

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