Rolf’s 1st Trip Around the Sun | Happy Birthday Baby

What a glorious day, the day you were born, my sweet baby boy. If you have followed along then, you know full and well that this child has been a constant source of joy and my own little sunshine throughout this past year. I couldn’t have imagined the last twelve months; I can’t believe this was how we spent our very first year together. But more than anything else,  I can’t imagine life without you, and I am so grateful for the gift of celebrating one big trip around the sun!

This intimate celebration is my favorite theme, yet. I love to throw parties, the wedding planner in me looks forward to every single birthday in our family. I knew from the beginning; this would be our little Rolf’s birthday theme. I am totally in love with these images, the colors, the overall feeling that day was just so sweet.

Having a child with a birthday right after Christmas is a little challenging because I had to be on top of my game when it came to throwing this soiree. I have had so many requests for links to items like his little party crown, the balloons, my dress, which was just restocked, the sunshine prints, and more. I am sharing them all here for you!

Special thanks to Morgan Manney for working her magic this day and capturing these moments for us! If you remember Leo’s birthday, it was another glorious celebration, and I love having a professional on-site so I can be assured that every detail will be captured!

When I started looking for sunshine themed parties, everything was so bright and so yellow I almost changed my mind! Then I found this adorable invitation on Etsy, and I was like, well, there we go, this is the calling card, and now we are ready to rock and roll!

I personally feel like Alpha Lit really brought the party up a notch with these light-up letters! They have the most amazing team, and they are a family-owned business, and I am so honored to have met and worked with them now twice on both of our kiddos parties! The whole room was glowing, and we had a nice sunshine-filled January morning, so that was a real treat!

I took a major walk down memory lane that morning, going back into my photos from the day Rolf was born. 7:33 am on a surprisingly warm January morning. I will never forget the emotion of walking into the hospital. Laying in the OR and waiting to hold you on my chest. It is a feeling I cannot begin to describe. John holding my shoulder, and both of us crying tears of joy. I get emotional just thinking about it.

This baby has brought us so much joy! I am so grateful to be your mom, Rolf. I wonder if you will read this one day or if blogs and the internet will be totally out of style! All I can say is you are the sun. You are my pride and joy. I love you to the moon and all the stars.

Happy Birthday to you! Happy birthday to us! I cannot wait to celebrate the next one, and I cannot wait to see you grow and amaze us! Walking by eleven months, saying mama, dada, ball, bye, and smiling so big, I can barely contain myself. Your spirit is contagious, and just like your brother, we do not know what we would do without you!

Like Leo’s shirt so beautifully says, These truly are the days. Days I never want to forget. Days we will look back and forever miss. I love you, sweetheart!




  1. Rose
    January 10, 2021 / 3:33 pm

    Beautiful , often we get so caught up in raising them that we have such little time to enjoy these moments. Your pictures and videos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your family with us . 🎂♥️💋

    • Tamara
      January 25, 2021 / 1:27 pm

      Rose thank you! This is so true, these photos truly are such a gift I will treasure forever.

  2. Denise Harden
    January 10, 2021 / 4:21 pm

    A friend of mine once told me her daughter was “like sunshine. She just fills your bucket!” I think that perfectly describes Rolf too!

    Fantastic photos of the family! 🧡

    • Tamara
      January 25, 2021 / 1:28 pm

      Denise that is the absolute truth!

  3. Ashley Satter
    February 20, 2022 / 6:21 pm

    Where is your tassel garland from? Love it!

    • Tamara
      April 6, 2022 / 11:17 pm

      Hi Ashley, The garland is from an Etsy seller! I believe the link to it is in the post but happy to send your way too!

  4. Casey
    March 2, 2022 / 12:07 pm

    Love everything about this! I was wondering where his pants and shirt were from as well as the paper garland?

    • Tamara
      April 6, 2022 / 11:18 pm

      His shirt is definitely from Etsy! I found both of them from a sweet seller and there are links to it in the blog post! The pants are from Amazon of all places!

  5. L
    March 3, 2022 / 11:07 am

    Where did you get the balloon arch???

    • Tamara
      April 6, 2022 / 11:20 pm

      Hi! I used a combination of balloons but most of these I found on Amazon! There is a link in the blog post to the exact ones used!

  6. Rachel
    May 16, 2022 / 8:28 pm

    What kind of food did you serve!? Having the hardest time with any themed food or just great ideas but

    • Tamara
      July 12, 2022 / 10:34 pm

      one of my favorite is chipotle! You can do burritos or build your own taco bar!

  7. Emmalee
    September 12, 2022 / 7:47 pm

    Where are the really neat O.N.E. light up letters from? Such beautiful photos!

    • Tamara
      November 28, 2022 / 10:52 am

      Hi there we used the best company they rent out the letters it is Alpha Lit

      • Emmalee
        January 11, 2023 / 7:55 pm

        That’s awesome! And love the sun pants too!

        • Tamara
          January 17, 2023 / 11:47 am

          Thank you!

  8. Amanda
    November 14, 2022 / 9:04 pm

    Tell me about your dress!!! Would it work for a tall gal?

    • Tamara
      November 28, 2022 / 10:50 am

      Hi there this dress is from IVY City Co! They have the best stuff!

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