Malachi Turns One

Last week our sweet son (& this blog!) turned one! They were both born on January 11, 2016, and this past year has been a beautiful journey. We loved celebrating our little boy and are so grateful for all the family and friends who have surrounded us to love our baby and give us great wisdom and support.

Part of the celebration included lots of (healthy) cake and (not-so-healthy) cookies this week! I had so much fun curating everything to celebrate little man. I also may have taken on a few too many DIY projects, but that is pretty par for me. Shoutout to my husband who stayed up cutting tissue paper tassels with me!

We decided to throw a Cookies and Milk party and in true Haus of McNeil fashion, it leaned toward the monochromatic color scheme. It was really hard to find a theme that felt like our family, was 1-year-old appropriate, and wasn’t girly or overdone. So we kind of created exactly what we wanted and then of course loved every detail! After browsing Pinterest for a few days (and lets be honest, we started a secret board months ago!) we finalized the vision and this is what came to be.

I kind of love that baby got three different cakes this week and each time he carefully picked off and ate each blueberry before even touching the yummy cake. He won’t touch cauliflower, but at least he likes his blueberries!

The invitations are from CWAM Designs & I’m hosting a giveaway so you can win a custom design for invitations or announcements. Be sure to enter here today!

We staged all these photos because we lived in the moment of his parties. We lived in the moment so much that we didn’t get any good photos of his party outfits, but here are these from our family scrap book.

Special thanks to Orlando-based photographer, Suzi Ibanez Photography, for the Cake Smash Session Photos! Also to our family & friends who braved the crazy changing weather at the lakefront and who drove a great distance to celebrate with us. We love you!

On Malachi: Cake Smash Set | Romper | BeanieCuffs | Moccs – Monkey Feet & SweetNSwag | Apron Bib | Graphic Tee | Milk & Cookies Pants

Decor that wasn’t DIY: CalendarLetter Balloons | BlowoutsInvitations | Baby-Friendly Donuts | Light Box

DIY Info: All glass jars & bottles were borrowed or thrifted. The paper straws were found in the Target dollar section. (The cereal cookies on the straws were inspired by this blog post.) The napkins and plates were found in Walmart’s party section. The cookies were from the Publix bakery. I followed this naturally sweetened smash cake recipe and it was so delicious and healthy! (It sounds intimidating at first, but it was actually pretty easy to make!) The cake topper was simply a paper straw hot glued to the back of a number from Target dollar section & a tiny paper tassel I made. All paper tassels were from pretty tissue paper from


Mama of the Haus. Wife to handsome Justin. Mommy to my guy, Chi. God is there for me in hard times, now I get to be there for others. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4


  1. Love the cake smash session and love your style! My daughter’s birthday is Jan 12th, I love capricorns! Happy birthday to your little boy!

  2. Love the monochromatic idea! It’s perfect for a little boy! I had the hardest time planning my toddler’s first birthday…I love this idea of cookies and milk!

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