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I can’t believe that I have a one year old!!! We celebrated my sweet Ollie boy this past weekend with a big first birthday bash on our rooftop. I had so much fun pulling this party together and made a big effort to plan most of it in advance so that I wasn’t a huge stress basket the day of the event. We picked the theme of “bite sized” since Oliver is so teeny tiny (15 lbs. 7 oz. at one year!). We invited some of our favorite friends – old and new, to celebrate the fact that we all survived the first year. I think that it’s an unwritten rule that you’re supposed to be cranky at your first birthday party, so we were dealing with a bit of a sad boy who was really embracing the phrase, “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to!”


Overall it was a wonderful success and I couldn’t help but feel so incredibly grateful for this darling baby boy that we get to call ours! I’ll be posting all of the menu details within the week – stay tuned, you won’t want to miss it!



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16 Responses to “Oliver’s 1st Birthday!”

  1. Staley Mc says:

    Happy Birthday to Ollie! You guys are such a cute family!

  2. Carla says:

    Looks like he had a great 1st birthday! I get the feeling you have a wonderful husband and you both are very blessed!

  3. Heather says:

    Have been a fan of yours since NFNS. I love watching your show and I just found your blog, and read the posts about Oliver.
    I cried reading your welcome home post. I totally understand te crazy emotions of having a preemie, all three of my kids were early (only one had to stay extra in the hospital), so congrats on making it through the first year!!!

  4. Ruelinda Nixon says:

    We Love Ollie! Happy Birthday Ollie! You Bring so Much Joy to Our Family…xoxoxo

  5. Abi says:

    Happy belated birthday, Oliver! I’m so happy for you guys and your wonderful family. It feels just like yesterday when I was rooting for you on NFNS. All the best wishes to you all!! <3

  6. Alison says:

    Happy birthday to Oliver! It looked like an awesome party! My son just turned one as well, his birthday is June 30! I also can’t believe I have a one year old! Where did the time go?!

    I love watching your show. :-)

  7. Erika Marti Kain says:

    Your show rocks . I never saw you before but will remain a fan. . Great ideas and great knowing you are proceating. Have more kids.

  8. elizabethcooks says:

    Happy Birthday to Oliver, he is one handsome little guy! You have a beautiful family, best wishes.

  9. Charlene Graham says:

    I enjoy watching your show Kelsey. You have a beautiful family. the party looks loke it was lots of fun. God Bless

  10. linda weimer says:

    Such a handsome and sweet little man. Thanks be to God, for such a happy and thriving little guy. God bless you and your family. Love your show.

  11. Barbara says:

    You are all tooo cute! Love your shows. Keeps me trying new things. Love you all.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Great pictures, such a sweet, lovely little man! You are blessed my dear, enjoy your gorgeous family.

  13. Brenda says:

    Wish I got the Cooking Channel. just saw your special on Urban Farming on the Food network. You are a breath of fresh air!!!! Loved your show. That’s why I found your web site.

  14. Karenna says:

    Happy Belated 1 1/2 year birthday to Ollie. Your Show Kelsey’s Essentials is my new favorite of all the cooking shows on TV! I must say you truly have a gift in explaining clearly and beautifully how to prepare a meal and presenting not glossing over the essentials! I can’t wait to make your Duck and fig sauce recipe!

  15. Michelle says:

    Happy (very) Belated B-day to your sweet boy Ollie!! I just discovered your show on TV and absolutely love it! I will definitely be trying your recipes… they look easy and fun! And, I have to say you. are. adorable… and I love your bubbly personality. Best wishes to you!

  16. Stacey says:

    Hi Kelsey! I love your show! Love your food!!! Your baby is so cute! Also love your new book and your website!!! Hugs!!!

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