DeAnna Pappas Stagliano’s Blog: Bachelor and Baby Birthday Parties

02/16/2015 at 04:15 PM ET

Please welcome back DeAnna Pappas Stagliano!

The real estate agent and Bachelor alum, 33, was one of two finalists on Brad Womack‘s first season before headlining The Bachelorette, where she chose Jesse Csincsak.

Although the engagement didn’t work out, she met Stephen Stagliano through his twin brother Michael, who was a contestant on Jillian Harris‘ season.

After getting engaged in August 2010, Pappas and Stagliano tied the knot in October 2011 in Georgia.

In August 2013, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child. Born Feb. 6, 2014, daughter Addison Marie just celebrated her first birthday.

Pappas Stagliano can be found @DeAnnaPappas on Twitter and @DeAnnaStag on Instagram.

DeAnna Pappas Stagliano Daughter Addison Birthday Party
Happy birthday Addison!Dusty Lu Photography

Hey guys — I am so glad to be back blogging for PEOPLE.com!

A lot has happened in the last few months: Addison started crawling, then there were the holidays and now The Bachelor is back at it for another fabulous season of make-out sessions and roses.

Is Chris Soules the make-out king or what?!

I’m just teasing — I like Chris a lot. I think he was an excellent choice for The Bachelor. This is an overwhelming yet fabulous experience. It can be hard at times, but also so beautiful. As a Bachelor or Bachelorette, we are so grateful for the experience and the chance to meet so many awesome people.

It can also be exhausting at times while you are trying to figure out who is real and who is just there for the TV show. Sometimes we choose correctly and sometimes we don’t. In my case, I am thankful for my wrong decision because in the end it led me to Stephen.

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At the Bachelor premiere in January – Paul Archuleta

The show is different since I was on it. It seems like such a bigger production now. At the beginning of January, we had the opportunity to attend the premiere in L.A. as a family. It was so much fun! I could not have been more proud of my baby girl. It was so fun seeing all of our friends, producers, past cast members and Chris Harrison gush over our little Addie bear!

On the way home that evening, I leaned over to Stephen and said, “I could not have smiled any harder today! I am a very happy and proud mother.” I am very thankful for those memories that we can share with Addison. My heart is so full.

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First year milestones – Dusty Lu Photography

Most recently, we celebrated Addison’s first birthday. ONE! Can you believe she has turned one? People kept telling me that time would go by so fast but I don’t think you have any concept of that until you have a child of your own. It’s like I blinked and one year flew by. Addison is walking now and is still the happiest little girl in The Golden State.

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The gorgeous cake – Dusty Lu Photography

We decided to throw Addison an awesome first birthday party! I know what you may be thinking: She’ll never remember it. I don’t even care. We wanted a party to celebrate our baby girl and the blessing that she is.

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My sister Christina, her son Laydon, me, Addison and my dad, Papou – Dusty Lu Photography

My sister Christina and my nephew Laydon flew in for the event as well as my father, Addison’s Papou. My childhood best friends from Minneapolis and St. Paul came too. It was so fun to have everyone visit and see my oldest friends and loved ones doting over our baby girl.

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Addison with her Grammie, Stephen’s mom – Dusty Lu Photography

Our friends, the Good Carma Studio girls, helped us put this together. Without their help, we would truly have been lost. These ladies are magicians. They threw together everything from the swag bags filled with gifts from Munchkin, Super Pop Snacks, Playskool, Net Nanny, Mabel’s Labels, Zoocchini, KB Shimmer, Karma Champagne, Lulujo, Piyo Piyo, USANA, Gabriel Cosmetics, Lucy and Penny, and L.L. Bean to finding our amazing event designer, Laura Stewart Design, who created all the décor as well as our rice sensory station and balloon station.

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 The party invitationDusty Lu Photography

The adorable invitations were designed and custom made by our pals at Loudhouse Creative. Our dear friends at Fantasy Frostings gave Addison the best birthday present, a smash cake! It was a present for all of us because she tore into that cake like a madwoman. She didn’t sleep for the rest of the day, but it was well worth it.

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Addison digs into her smash cake!Dusty Lu Photography

As for the food, StoneFire Grill helped in serving some good ole’ comfort food for our baby girl. Lots of macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers with their delicious barbecue sauce for dipping. The folks at La Croix were kind enough to send lots of refreshments for our guests to enjoy.

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So great to have family in town – Courtesy Stagliano Family

I wanted Addison to be as comfortable as possible for her birthday so I dressed her in a timeless denim skirt and made a onesie that read, “one” and had her name printed on the back. I topped off her adorable outfit with some ruffle socks and white Stride Rite Keds, then added a little gold bow for some extra cuteness too. She was adorable.

The pictures (check out more here!) are some of my favorites and I really hope Addison enjoys looking at them years from now.

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Addison loves to make her cousin laugh – Courtesy Stagliano Family

What did you do for your child’s first birthday? What is the best birthday party you have ever been to?

— DeAnna Pappas Stagliano

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lola on

how can the baby have blue eyes when mom has brown eyes? i thought brown is the dominate gene

Laura on

I always thought the same about eye color, until my first baby was born with beautiful blue eyes. Thanks to my hubby our daughter has blue eyes. Our second child has Brown eyes like me! Go figure!!

Kat on

Saw the original montage of pictures posted. All very cute, but the “sponsorship” of this semi-celeb’s baby’s birthday was rather gauche.

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neb1997 on

Lola: Not neccessarily, it depends on what color genes are given by each parent. Also, her eyes may change color as she grows and become brown.

kristi on

My husband is from Colombia and has DARK brown eyes. I have blue. Our 2nd son has green eyes. go figure. I love the Stagliano family. I’ve known Michael and Stephen since they were 15 and they come from such a solid, loving family. That little girl has an amazing support system already built in. Blessings to this sweet family!

Vz on

These are lovely family photos!

starbbycat on

Little Addison is really cute – yes the years go fast! Enjoy!

lynn1964 on

OMG!!! I want to vomit!! An “event planner” for a friggin one year old’s b’day party? How pretentious this woman is!! Why don’t she just have shirts printed too that say “we are much better than you are”!

Susan on

Cute party. You can find most if not all of these ideas on pinterest. Disadvantage of pinterest, we are more uncreative now because we all copy eachother.

Chris on

Dear People,

This piece is written as a combination of an info-mercial and a vapid housewife’s diary. Please, please, please do not let this woman write anything further for you. But the pix are lovely.

Sincerely,
A loyal subscriber

Sharon on

My husband has brown eyes. I have green eyes.
Our daughter has blue eyes! My mother has blue
eyes. She is the only one in our family that has blue
eyes.

mumby on

What a beautiful day! looks like it was filled with family, friends & fun. Congrats, guys!

Momof3 on

So what, she had an event planner. She lives a different life than most people, and is a tv personality. If you take issue with people spending money on children’s birthdays, avoid all articles on People on that subject matter. I thought the party looked adorable, Addison is a cutie and Mommy looked beautiful. What a great theme.Though I am on budget and do a lot of DIY decorating,my babie’s first birthdays are always super special to me,too. She is obviously beaming with happiness and expresses how blessed she feels in her life. Good for her!

ciparliamo on

who is she besides being a Bachelorette??

Linda on

Bachelor people get a ton of stuff donated to them for weddings,bridal showers, baby showers, baby birthdays etc. in exchange for the free advertisement.If a company name is mentioned, it is most times a freebie.Click on Good Carma Studio in the article.They work with celebs and companies to get the companies free advertisement. The party was just adorable and they seem like a very loving family.

Kimberly on

Awww so precious!! Addison looks just like her daddy!! 🙂 They sure grow up fast so enjoy every precious moment! Before you know it they are going off to college! Both of my sons have the striking blue eyes as well.

babybguest on

My daughter has her dads eyes… blue.

Kathy on

Ooh it looks like fun party.