"Mama, I'm two. One. Two," Avery said at breakfast this morning, counting out her age on her chubby little fingers.
It's still a little unreal to me that she's not a baby anymore. When I toured labor and delivery with my midwife group a few weeks ago, and peeked into the room where she was born, it didn't feel like two years had passed since they placed her on my chest for the first time. I've already had a two-year-old for two weeks now. Where does the time go?
These days I find myself crying a bit when I rock her a few extra minutes before putting her to bed, always wondering if it will be her last night as my littlest baby. These last days before bringing home a new baby are so bittersweet.
I am thankful that baby has waited to make his or her arrival at least this long (but please, God, not much longer) so we were able to fully celebrate our sweet Avery on her special day. Her birthday was beautiful and happy and full of sunshine, just like her. We had tons of friends and family over for a tea party, and it was wonderful.
To be totally honest, I wasn't sure we were going to have much of a party for her, which broke my heart. But at 37 weeks pregnant, planning and executing the party I had imagined for her seemed daunting beyond belief. I had spent some time toying with the idea of a vintage bluebird tea party on pinterest, but the bigger I got, the more unrealistic it seemed.
I decided to go ahead and contact Grace and Madd Paperie to make some beautiful invitations for her party, so there would be at least one special element of the party I dreamed up. I had worked with Maddie to create Avery's first birthday invites last year, and was beyond thrilled with the quality and value I received with her custom designs. The hand-painted watercolor invites she made for Avery's second birthday were out of this world beautiful.
So when Maddie announced she was testing out a new product, The Fête Box, you better believe I was first in line to apply for the test group. A perfectly styled and curated party box was the answer to my pregnant pre-party prayers. I had the honor of trying out the first Fête Box for Avery's 2nd birthday party, allowing me to have the dream party I had imagined without so much as lifting a swollen pregnant finger.
I knew Maddie was going to create something amazing, but I was totally unprepared for the awesome surprise that awaited me when my Fête Box arrived in the mail. Favor bags, cutlery, napkins, plates, cups, food picks and tents, cake decorations, tiny tea bag tags, confetti, floral decor, fabric garland, a floral crown for the birthday girl(!), and even some fun little extras - it was everything I dreamed of and more! I spread it all out and tried to figure out what I was missing, and the answer was nothing! A few appetizers from Trader Joe's, some tea sandwiches and cake, and I would be set.
My favorite thing about the Fête Box was most definitely how it made party planning and set-up totally stress-free. Maddie took my Pinterest party board and turned it into a real life Pinterest-worthy party I could never dream of pulling off on my own. I have never set up for a party so quickly with so little effort. And it was by far the most stunning party I have ever thrown.
But beyond easing the stress of party throwing, I was blown away by Maddie's attention to detail. My Fête Box was full of beautiful custom paper goods with the same hand-painted pattern used on Avery's birthday invitations. It was so highly personalized, stylish and perfectly curated. Maddie has an absolute gift for transforming a vague vision into something real and breathtakingly beautiful. I feel so lucky that I got to be the first to see one of her amazing Fête Boxes come to life.
The Fête Box doesn't officially launch until July 9th, but you can contact Maddie in the meantime with any Fête Box inquiries. You can also follow Grace and Madd Paperie on Facebook and Instagram for exciting peeks at the other test group parties in the meantime. I've seen a couple photos from the other boxes, and they look absolutely amazing.
Thank you, Maddie, for making Avery's 2nd birthday such a special, beautiful day!