Let Him Eat Cake

September 10, 2013

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We had a fabulous weekend celebrating Mazen! He surprisingly woke up at 3:30am on his birthday, so I actually got to watch the clock strike 3:38 – the exact moment of his birth. I sort of hope that’s the last time I am awake at that hour on his birthday : )

My parents came for the weekend, and we had fun on Friday eating pizza and salad at Fridays After Five and then spent Saturday getting ready for the party. Mazen invited his playmates (and their parents) over for burgers and cupcakes. I didn’t get photos of his friends for privacy’s sake, but it was fun to see our yard literally crawling with kiddos! Maze lit up when his dad carried his Sweethaus cake down the steps and then enjoyed not one but two mini cupcakes. He surprised us all by eating the cake part first and leaving the frosting for last!

Instead of being a teary day for me, Mazen’s first birthday was loads of fun. I hardly remember each month from the past year, but I am also really excited for the year to come!

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1 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 10, 2013 at 8:58 am

Great photos! Looks like a wonderful time was had by all!
That cake looks amazing — what flavor was it?

Belated Happy Birthday to Mazen!

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2 KathEats September 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

Vanilla on vanilla!! The best. It was like a wedding cake!

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3 Ella P September 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I agree! but now that my kids are entitled to choose their cake, vanilla is unfortunately not an option anymore…
CHOCOLATECHOCOLATECHOCOLATECHOCLATECHOCOLATECHOCOLATE!
Did I say chocolate? No way to compromise…
So to make everyone happy I end up with two cakes :)

Once more hyvää syntymäpäivää Mazenille! (Finnish)

Ella

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4 K September 10, 2013 at 8:59 am

Looks like a lovely birthday weekend!

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5 Larbs September 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

Love the picture of Kanz and Dad, and the lanterns, and your dress!

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6 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon September 10, 2013 at 9:04 am

What a fun party for Mazen! He is such a lucky one year old :) I would love to have this spread for my next birthday… will you and Matt come out? Haha. You are glowing in all these photos, Kath!

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7 Jackie September 10, 2013 at 9:06 am

So cute! Happy Birthday Mazen!

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8 Claire September 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

That is such a pretty dress! And I love the cake design!

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9 Ashlee@HisnHers September 10, 2013 at 9:17 am

I love that his party wasn’t typical “kids birthday themed”! 1st birthdays area almost more for the guests since the baby doesn’t fully understand whats going on. Super cute!

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10 Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 10, 2013 at 9:19 am

I love the “Mazen” jar theme! So cute. I’m actually currently crafting this morning for my baby’s first birthday that is in 2 1/2 weeks! Eek! When did they get so big?

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11 Aisling @ Sunny Side Up September 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

Congratulations to you all… looks like a super day. Oh and my mouth is watering from your cake pics ;-)

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12 Racheal @ Running with Racheal September 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

Happy Birthday Mazen! What a beautiful party / cake! I love your dress – where did you get it?

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13 KathEats September 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

It’s Ellen + Ollie and I got it super on sale from Belk. An amazing steal!

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14 Erica September 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

What a cutie! Love his face in the first picture. Looks like a great party :)

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15 Emily @ Emily Rocks the Road September 10, 2013 at 9:34 am

Happy belated birthday, Mazen! What a perfect party.

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16 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner September 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

Happy Birthday, Mazen! Looks like you all had a lovely weekend. I love the mason jar theme–cute!

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17 Maureen September 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

How sweet! I can’t believe he is one! Looks like it was a FUN day!

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18 Kavi September 10, 2013 at 9:45 am

Happy 1st Birthday to Mazen! Hard to believe a year has already passed. Love the photos of him going after the mini-cupcake… too cute!

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19 Shephalli September 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

Aww! Such a cute party!! Happy 1st birthday to Mazen.

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20 Carey Morgan September 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

Happy Bday Mazen! Kath, it appears you guys can’t get enough of my brother’s beers. He used to be the brewer at Nimbus and Arizona and now he’s at Schlafly (their pumpkin is THE BEST). You guys have the brew connection! Thanks for the support.

–Carey

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21 KathEats September 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

:) Schlafly’s pumpkin is my fav!

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22 Sally September 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

Absolutely love the Mason jar on Mazen’s cake – so cute & original. Looks like a great party!

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23 Samantha @ aussi belle September 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

I can’t believe that it’s been a year already! Happy birthday to Mazen.

That cake looks incredible.

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24 Bobbie September 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

What a beautiful party! Will you plan a party for my daughters? You looked beautiful in your party dress. Happy Birthday to Mazen :)

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25 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

Ohhh I just LOVE it all! He is adorable, and your family is just too cute. Great job with the party decor too! Happy Birthday little Mazen!

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26 Katie September 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

Happy Birthday, Mazen!! What a fabulous party! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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27 Kelsey @ Fueling Strong September 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

Such an adorable theme! Happy birthday to your little boy!

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28 Sophie September 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

Happy birthday Mazen! I am absolutely in love with your dress. The colour/cut everything! It really suits you. As for Mazen, I swear he is looking more like Matt! Great to see you had a fabulous day

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29 Eileen September 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

Happy birthday, Mazen! Looks like a great party. Two pictures jumped out at me … the one where the Fridays at Five ticket is in the foreground and he’s got that tough-guy look in the background is so cute. And his checked shirt brought back memories of my first sweet baby when he was one. Now he’s 10 … weep!

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30 Ana September 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

I’m sure this has been asked a million times but do you pronounce it “may-son” or “may-zen” (Y added for sound). I thought it was the Arabic name Mazen but from your mason jar theme it seems you may just have chosen to spell Mason differently?

Looks like a very grown up party for a little guy. He’s such a cutie. Lots more exciting firsts ahead!

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31 KathEats September 10, 2013 at 11:02 am

We pronounce it like it rhymes with raisin : ) May-zen

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32 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

Happy Happy Birthday Mazen! I can’t believe he’s 1 already!

I could dive head first into that cake…YUM! Looks like a wonderful party and surrounded by his favorite people. What more could a little guy ask for? :)

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33 Emily @ Life on Food September 10, 2013 at 11:07 am

I love the theme. He is such a big little man! Happy Birthday Mazen!

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34 Laurie September 10, 2013 at 11:17 am

Your mom looks beautiful! Pretty grandma!

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35 Mom September 11, 2013 at 10:48 am

Thanks! Maze’s bday party was one of the happiest few hours of my life. So fun and exciting!

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36 Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties September 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

Happy birthday Mazen! Funny that he woke up just in time for his actual birth-time. Not so lucky for you, though ;) I’m impressed he ate his cupcake before the frosting… that’s how I eat my cupcakes too. Smart kid!!

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37 Stacy K. September 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

Did you order his onesie from Etsy? I’m trying to find a cute one for my little guy’s 1st birthday and I can’t find anything I love.

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38 KathEats September 10, 2013 at 11:40 am

My mom got it from Amazon here.

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39 Beth September 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Etsy is a great resource for fun birthday shopping. Got my now 16 month old a cute shirt for his 1st birthday that simply said “o.n.e” and he still wears it all the time.

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40 vidya September 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

Wish you a very very HAPPY BIRTHDAY little guy! Kath, I soo remember last year this time, frantically checking your blog hoping for the appearance of the LO about whom we have been reading weekly updates throughout your pregnancy. And bam one fine day, there was the post which said ” When it rains it pours”!! There were happy tears in my eyes when I saw the baby’s first pics. And now here he is, all grown up and an year old already! He is such a sweet and cute baby! You have a great family Kath! Enjoyed going through the party pics. You look damn glowing and super happy.

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41 Melissa September 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm

oh this made me all teary eyed!! I have 4 year old that will be 5 next month (we’re having a Minnie party – cannot wait!) but I’m also due with # 2. I can’t believe I get to do this all over again!!! I LOVE planning/hosting birthday parties!

Happy [belated] Birthday sweet boy!

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42 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna September 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Oh my goodness, he is the most adorable little guy. Look at that smile! Also, well done on the beautiful cake arrangement, looks great!

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43 Alex @ Kenzie Life September 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

That cake is amazen! :) What a cute idea! All of your directions are beautiful! I’m glad Mazen had a great birthday!

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44 Jennifer September 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Awww..Happy Birthday, Mazen! Wow….time flew by.

He’s such a cutie! I love his red, white and blue checkered shirt. :)

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45 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) September 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

His party looks SO fun! Great photos!

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46 Kori September 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I love love love the party theme, colors, and decorations! It all came together beautifully. Mazen looks adorable as ever and you looked gorgeous. Man, that cake and those mini cupcakes look divine! Happy belated first birthday, Mazen!

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47 Rebecca September 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Happy birthday Mazen! I love all the pictures and you look great in your dress! :)

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48 Eating 4 Balance September 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Awww man. So cute! He is going to grow up quite the food connoisseur I do believe! :)

I think at my first birthday my mom said that I refused to eat the cake because it was too sweet. Lol.

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49 Shel@PeachyPalate September 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Sensational looking cake!!! Did you make it!!??? Love your dress as well! Blue Mason jars look fantastic, beautiful pics and as always Mazen looks so CUTE! So many teeths! (Ye I meant to say teeths…it just sounds so much cuter :) )

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50 Xiomara @ Parkesdale September 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Congrats! I can’t believe he’s one already. It has been fun following your journey with a little one. :)

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51 Marie September 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

you look fabulous!! ;)

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52 Hannah September 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Matt is looking especially happy in all of these photos :)

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53 Lisa September 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

So cute!!! Happy Birthday to your cute boy! :-)

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54 Amelia September 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Happy Birthday Mazen! The party looks like a hit. I love the theme/ colors/ coordination of everything. Woah, and the cake?! Um, yum!! You always have the best style, Kath. :) Never seen you look so happy than in these pictures. Absolutely glowing!

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55 Lisa @ bakebikeblog September 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

A beautiful celebration indeed! I cant believe he is 1!!!

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56 Laura P September 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

What a cute cake! Happy birthday Mazen! The first year is also a celebration for the parents…..that first year can be tough!

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57 Hannah September 10, 2013 at 3:56 pm

You look so happy and pretty! You have such a cute family. Congrats to Mazen :)

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58 Kim September 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

What an adorable cake! So funny that he ate the cake part of the cupcake before the frosting… too cute!

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59 robin September 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Awww Mazen happy 1st birthday! May you always find love and happiness:)

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60 Spice Chicken September 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

What a beautiful family! Congratulations. I can’t believe a year has passed; I remember eagerly awaiting news of Mazen’s arrival. I’ve enjoyed following the blog for the past 12+ months.

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61 Justeen September 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Happy Birthday to Mazen!! I absolutely adore the mason jar theme.

Sweethaus cupcakes are the best. I didn’t know they made cakes too!

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62 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Mazen is such a doll baby! Happy 1st birthday to him–all of you look so unbelievably happy!

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63 Elisabeth September 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Looks like a super fun first birthday party with a delicious cake!

Love! your dress – very cute on you, especially the colors :)

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64 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Kath, that is such a cute cake! And I love that you went with vanilla on vanilla – excellent choice!

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65 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 10, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Happy one year, Mazen! Love the decor! Clara is 16 months and the months that pass only keep getting better!

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66 Laurie September 10, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Happy Birthday cutie pie Mazen!!! So adorable!! Kath, love your’s and your Mom’s dress!

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67 Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

i love the decor for Mazen’s party! and your dress is really cute too!

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68 Alicyn September 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Happy First Birthday Mazen!! Looks like you all had a great weekend! After reading so much about the C’vill market. I came up on Saturday for it! It was so great. Thanks for sharing all your great days and life with us!

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69 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves September 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Happy first birthday, Mazen!! What a handsome boy :) Looks like he had such a fun party!

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70 Melissa September 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Thanks for sharing – I was looking forward to seeing how you guys celebrated Mazen! Getting to one is always so fun! :)

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71 Charlotte September 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Kath you look absolutely amazing…you did NOT have a baby a year ago. Your family looks so happy and healthy. Wishing you guys many many more wonderful years. I remember when you were blogging and pregnant with him, and heck even way before that! Time has flown and I’m really happy to have been a follower of your posts for so long. Never stop blogging. :) I have said it before but it deserves repeating, of what a great role model you are for a balanced healthy lifestyle.

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72 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm

So cute – happy 1st birthday to the little man!! :)

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73 Kathryn @ Mamacado September 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Happy Birthday Mazen! I LOVE the Mazen jar theme :) Also, the cake looks HUGE and delicious :) We just celebrated our Little Gal’s 1 year birthday last week. I remember last year checking your blog after I got home from the hospital to see if we had birthday buddy babies! Congrats to you guys as 1 year is such a wonderful thing to celebrate with your little love.

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74 Kathy W. September 10, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Looks like a great time was had by all! I love the party decor, esp. the hanging paper lanterns & the mason jars.

Mazen is an adorable birthday boy!!

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75 LavandulaLady September 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I’d like to know the story of all those great mason jars; did you get them specifically for the party, or do you already have a collection?- are they old/antique or new, do you use them for food storage/canning, etc.

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76 KathEats September 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

Most of them are antique from my grandmother’s collection. My mom has given me more from her collection as well because I now collect blue glass. The bright blue ones are a reproduction – the Ball Heritage line – that I bought. Those are the only ones I use for food.

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77 Heather September 11, 2013 at 12:05 am

Happy Birthday and congrats to mom and dad for making it through the first year! :)

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78 Lisa @bitesforbabies September 11, 2013 at 4:38 am

What great pics! I love the idea of having a party at home…we just don’t have the room!!

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79 Celeste September 11, 2013 at 7:19 am

Y’all look so happy! Congrats on a happy one year old – and here’s to many more happy years to come!

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80 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac September 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

So cute!!! I absolutely love the cake! Also – the pictures of y’all and Mazen while he eats his cupcake — too precious!!

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81 Chelsea @BigBitesLittleBudget September 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Happy Birthday to Mazen!! Looks like a wonderful party and such a fun time to celebrate.

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82 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Happy 1st Birthday Mazen! Wow…hard to believe a year has already gone by. Love all the photos…especially the inside of the gorgeous birthday cake! :)

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83 Ellie@Fit for the soul September 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Omgshhh what a cuuuuuuuute and fun cake! I thought it was funny you put a mason jar because from the time I heard of his name that’s what popped into my mind! :P And I can’t believe it’s been a year…time seems to fly by even faster when there are children around.

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84 Karen H September 11, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Mazen is adorable! Thanks for the peek at the lovely festivities…Happy Birthday, Mazen!

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85 Tiffany September 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Wow, Kath! You really did such a great job with the theme and colors! I love your dress! What a wonderful party you put together!

This is unrelated and I hope you don’t mind me asking (I’m not sure who else would know) but I havent been following Peas and Thank You for a while but did she end her blogging career? Also, I couldn’t find her blog on FB either, did she remove it?

Thanks!

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86 KathEats September 12, 2013 at 9:56 am

She has changed her focus to her family and wrote a farewell post. I will miss her!

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87 Rachel September 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I Have been following your blog since you announced you were pregnant, I can’t believe your little boy is a year old. He is so cute, Happy Birthday!!

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88 Vanessa September 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Happy Birthday to your little one. I love that mason jar cake!!

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89 Jenna Newberry September 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Had to laugh when i saw the pic of kegs. Our lil man Cole
turned 1 on Aug 17 an we had to support our wonderful
Friends with an Olde Hickory keg of Death by Hops. Fun
was had by all :) Happy Birthday Mazen!

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90 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde September 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I love the pictures of you, Matt, and Mazen looking at each other – so sweet! Great family portraits. And the picture of you and Matt at the party is great, too. Love that dress on you!

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91 Pam September 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Happy Birthday Mazen!! So excited for you all :) I remember reading your birth story last year, it’s been fun to see him grow this whole time and read about your experiences in motherhood!
Love your dress too Kath!!

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92 coco September 12, 2013 at 4:23 am

happy birthday Mazen! What a lovely party!!! Love the cake! Would you post how you organize the party? like recipes… cake, etc?

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93 Kelly September 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

He is so, so cute! We had that same music table for my kids (now 4-year old twins) and they LOVED it!

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94 Sydney @ Trust the Skinny Cook September 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

Ohhh my gosh tears! It’s been fun watching him grow. I’m going to turn into emotional jelly when my little stinker turns 1 in a couple weeks. Thank you for posting!

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95 Ivy September 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm

your baby is super cute, i mean, cuter than the average baby. i have a son myself and he is 3 now and those 2 years have flown by, enjoy every second!

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96 Sam Terry September 13, 2013 at 6:09 am

I wish this post had been published two years ago! ..on my child’s first birthday I had a mishap with blue food coloring and I had a whole party of kids running around with blue tongues and blue clothes, smearing blue whipped cream everywhere and getting chased off the sofa by anxious moms!! Scary!!

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97 Rachel @ Personality Crafts September 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Yay! Can’t believe how big he’s gotten! Let me know if you want a “big boy” onesie for you little A-Mazen guy. :)

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98 The Many Thoughts of a Reader September 14, 2013 at 8:03 am

Love it! Congrats on a year!

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99 Sarah September 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

Happy birthday, Mazen! And WOW…he has some gorgeous grandmas!

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