Ali Fedotowsky is in “full on party planning mode” as she gets ready to celebrate the first birthday of her baby girl, Molly Sullivan Manno. The 32-year-old former Bachelorette star told People magazine that she has big plans for Molly’s milestone birthday on July 6.
“We’re doing a unicorn theme,” Ali told People. “A lot of people say the unicorn theme has been done, but I don’t care. It’s cute and I needed something easy!”
Ali, who married longtime love Kevin Manno last March, revealed that she came up with the theme for the party while scouring Pinterest for kiddie birthday party ideas and came across “so many cute unicorn things.” The Bachelorette beauty also explains why she decided to make the party a DIY instead of shelling out big bucks for a professional planner.
“At first, I was going to hire a party planner and then I was like, ‘What am I doing?’ It’s a one-year-old, let’s be real. It doesn’t need a party planner,” Ali said. “We’re doing it ourselves.”
Ali Fedotowsky previously told Us Weekly that the one thing she has to have at baby Molly’s birthday bash is a professional photographer.
“It’s her first birthday,” Fedotowsky shared.
“All we need is friends and family and a smash cake and a photographer, because I love capturing everything with professional photos. … We think we’re just going to rent a house and invite all of our family from out of town and have everybody stay at the house together.”
Fedotowsky revealed that the bash would include a backyard barbecue at the rental house and that both of their families will be flying in for the festivities. Ali also extended an open invitation to all of her fellow Bachelorette moms—there was a bit of Bachelor baby boom last year—saying she would welcome any of her fellow franchise stars if they happen to be in the neighborhood.
“If any one of them are in town, absolutely,” Ali said.
“It’s hard to fly and come out here for something like that and not many are local. If they happen to be in town, they are invited!”
Ali Fedotowsky has several pals from The Bachelor franchise who would probably love to celebrate Molly’s birthday with their own babies in tow. Last year, Bachelorette Season 4 star DeAnna Pappas gave birth to her second child, a baby boy, with husband Stephen Stagliano, while Season 9 star Desiree Hartsock and her husband, Chris Siegfried, also welcomed their first baby, Asher, in October.
In addition, Bachelorette Season 5 star gave birth to her first bundle of joy, a boy named Leo, with boyfriend Justin Pasutto in August. And franchise fan favorites Sean and Catherine Lowe welcomed their first son, Samuel, just a few days before Fedotowsky delivered Molly last July. With due dates so close, Ali and Catherine even posed together for a cover story for Fit Pregnancy magazine last June.
As her first year of motherhood comes to an end, Ali Fedotowsky can look forward to walking, talking, and the terrible twos. But for now, she’s just enjoying the special moments with her baby girl because she knows how fast it will all fly by.
“She was walking away from me the other day with her little push-walker that she has, and she looked back at me and then waved and then turned around and kept walking,” Ali told Us of Molly. “And it just melted my heart, because she’s going to grow up and she’s going to keep walking away and saying bye.”
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