New Year's is one of my favorite holidays. However, for the first three years of our marriage it was like pulling teeth to get Ben to stay up past 10:30 and celebrate with me. Enter December 31st, 2012, and we stumble upon a fabulous new tradition of ringing in the New Year alongside our nearest and dearest with an overnight revelry of dancing and endless food. The only quiet moments are when we each share what we're grateful for from the past year and something we're looking forward to in the coming one. (Thanks to the stomach bug our party was a little smaller than planned this year but no less meaningful.) Looking ahead to 2013, I remember sharing that I couldn't wait for Ruthie's first birthday party -- a milestone of great proportions (!), and a chance to thank those who gave their time, energy, meals, advice and love to us through this huge life transition. And it was a blast.
Per usual, I couldn't have done it without my friends -- I casually mentioned how cute a "teepee party" would be and within minutes they were creating patterns to make our own (which you can now buy at Hart & Honey!). And you might recognize that fabulous streamer backdrop from our dear friends' picnic wedding.
To top it all off, my sweet Mama made Ruthie's party dress with material that belonged to my Grandma, Ruth's namesake.