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Wisdom’s Time Capsule 1st Birthday Party {Tacoma Portrait Photographer, Tacoma, WA}


I can’t even begin to explain how odd it is that we have a one year old.  I feel like it was last week that I was heading to my midwife to meet my precious girl and now she’s a toddler.  I can say for sure it has been one of the most challenging, rewarding, joyful and incredible years for me as a woman to fully come into what it means to be a mother.  To have your heart on the outside of your body.  To worry, to love, to cherish to understand the Father’s love for us through parenthood.  Wisdom has indeed blessed our lives and I am continually in awe of her, who she is, her personality, her cheerful spirit and the way she captivates, not only my heart, but the heart of so many.  She has truly blessed our lives and its feels like such a priviledge to watch her grow….  and to grow alongside her.
Naturally, I couldn’t miss a opportunity to have a event to celebrate my girl, but with so much happening it life, it seemed the days continued to pass and I had nothing.  I struggled with the purpose behind a first birthday. I let people talk me out of it, talk me into it, challenge me.  We thought about a bounce house party, a petting zoo, doing nothing at all, but I knew that I had to do something because THIS GIRL….. this girl deserves the world and if I can give it to her, I always will!  I know that Wisdom will likely NEVER remember her first birthday, but I wanted to do something that would make it memorable.  Come up with some theme that would allow us to freeze time and that’s when I thought about a time capsule.

We gave Wisdom a time capsule party.  We sent out a invite well in advance, letting people know that Wisdom would have a time capsule and that we wanted them to bring a special trinket, or note, or gift that she might appreciate to chronicle this special time in her life.  We would then give Wisdom this time capsule in 2028 on her 16th birthday.  Guest brought gifts that were really touching, some we saw and some wrapped tightly with “Happy Sweet 16th Wisdom” on the card, or envelope or packaging.  Wisdom recieved so many precious and beautiful time capsule gifts, her first charm bracelet, a thumb drive with a hit song from Taylor Swift, a amethyst rock. Guest were also encouraged to make predictions about Wisdom on different pieces of paper,  what she would look like, who she would act like, what her interest would be.  They also got to guess on the price of gas, the cost of a stamp, and whether Facebook would still be the IT place to be in 2028.  Such a special day for my girl…. that she will likely never remember, but will get to enjoy in 15 years, as she reflects on her purpose and our love for her in every detail.

The menu included some of Wisdom’s favorite foods: grilled cheese skewers and tomato soup for dipping, blueberries on a stick, veggies in ranch cups, corn dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and mini meatball burgers for easy grabbing for little people, just to name a few.  The dessert table included a beautiful ombre two tier vanilla and raspberry cake, with a sparkly fondant “1” on top with a variety of fun sweets, including Smore Bites, Brown Cow mix: white chocolate pretzels, marshmellows and kettle corn, donuts, and a variety of other sweet treats.

Guest were given two gifts: there very own time capsule and animal crackers in mason jars!

Because Wisdom’s party was about the future, we used pictures to tell the story of her past – and used 250+ pictures to decorate the entire party!  It was so fun to see how far she has grown and come in the the last year!

Special thanks to my sister, Melinda Watts for her creative genuis and hard work.  Planning this party with her was so special and meant so much!  This is our fifth event together and I am always excited with the outcome, this party was no different.  Also shout out to Mr. Haynes and Aaron and Elijah for being our moving crew & E’lana, Mark, Anika, Manny & Tara for all of your help the day of the party!  You blessed us so much.

I look forward to the day that Wisdom turns 16 and we get to share how special she was “even then.”  God is so good!   Proverbs 3:15

Party Planning & Decor: Shower Me Chic

Cake: Cakes by Jacqui

Wisdom’s Dress: Blu Pony Vintage

Everything else: DIY