A Season of Love – Part 2

Our little man was born at one of the most exciting times of year, football season! My husband and I love this time of year, we can’t wait to host football parties. We invite everyone we know and set up camp in the man cave feasting on wings, nachos and cold beverages. This year was even more special than years past, because it was our son Merritt’s first birthday.  What better way to ring in the season than to mix football with a birthday celebrations.

While I have ambitions of being the next Amy Atlas, I don’t quite have her budget. Thankfully both my husband and I share a creative brain so we come up with a plan, and we scoured the craft stores along with getting some help from friends and family. My mother made the most precious and delicious decorated cookies while one of my best friend’s mother, Debbie Hames, baked the cutest football cake ever. I also had the most adorable shirt made for him, by Cookie Bear Wear. My husband built mini bleachers which turned out perfect for the food tables. Our neighbor Natalie helped us set up and decorate cupcakes and the best Aunt and Uncle ever, Bryan and Diane let us use their new and fabulous outdoor space to host our party. We had a make your own slider bar with all the fixings and plenty of refreshments for all ages. What transpired was lots of love, fun, and one very cute birthday celebration with family and friends from near and far.

A special thank you to all who made Merritt’s First birthday so special.
Debbie Hames
Natalie Jenson
Bryan and Diane Kovacs
JoAnne’s / Micheals
Home Depot
Betty Crocker
And last but not least 
my mother, Louretta West for always inspiring me to be creative 
and my husband and Grill Master Chef, Matt Jankun
for supporting me in whatever craziness I come up with.


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