my son, caleb, had his first birthday on april 23rd (his actual birthday is the 21st) and lots of family and friends came to celebrate! it was a windy, moody day and i was tempted to move the party from our favorite park to inside our small home. i’m so glad i didn’t. it was a bit too windy for me, but i so enjoyed having the space for everyone to eat, drink, and be merry.
this could not have happened without the help of my ENTIRE immediate family. i would list names, but i’m afraid the list would be too long and i would have to break this into several different blog posts.
let’s start with the invites….
here was my vision for the party:
- simple, modern, clean, and fun
- i wanted it to be original and not use any ‘sets’ of napkins, plates, etc.
- i was hoping to craft most everything myself
- one of caleb’s favorite things to do is read books so i thought that would be appropriate for his first birthday (the guests brought their favorite childhood book as a gift)
i had my sister-in-law, nicole, take most of these photos since i was setting everything up and running the party. i love this one of my boy and me.
i made this birthday banner about a week before the party and i used elastic string because i didn’t know exactly where it would hang at the party and i wanted to make sure the string was long enough. here it is hanging in our office…
well, it was so windy that the elastic was going crazy once it was strung between the two trees! so i had our dads (my dad on the left and dane’s dad on the right) “re-string” the triangles on regular string. they did not hesitate for a second when i asked them if they would be willing to do it for me, but they did find it funny that it took two grown men to complete this dainty task.
his sign-in book was one of my favorite things. which reminds me, i still need to go back through and look at everyone’s creations! i bought a red artist’s drawing book for $3 at hobby lobby as well as a stamp pad and had guests use their thumbprints to ‘sign-in’ as a caricature. they drew in their own faces/bodies/accessories and then added scenes and sweet birthday notes.
back in march we did caleb’s photo shoot for his invitation. i took, oh, i don’t know, 80 photos?!!? i wanted to use every single one for his invite, but somehow narrowed it down to just one. sooooo what to do with the rest? why, print them and pin them to string tied around a tree, of course! here are our moms carefully placing each photo. there were just two ‘lines’ of string and they were using mini clothespins to secure them. (i didn’t get a photo of the finished product, but believe me it was super cute!)
here is the cake! this was the VERY first thing i had in my head. i wanted something simple and white. dane’s mom made this just for caleb! i loved the little garland on the sticks, but it soon broke after being in the wind a few minutes! oh well, it was still pretty cute. and i wrapped those books using christmas wrapping and turned it inside out since the backing was white.
red and blue candies! sharks are one of my faves.
refreshments: hawaiian punch and red velvet cake bites. my good friend, megan, made the cake bites!
here she is signing in! and that’s the favors board. each bag had a bag of candy worms (bookworms) and bookplates…should have taken a photo!
(here is the design of the sticker bookplate…)
dane’s mom painted quotes from books to be centerpieces for each table. this one was my favorite. you’ll also notice coloring books, mad libs, and crosswords and a basket of crayons to entertain guests.
there were also a few photos and frames as decor…
here’s levi, caleb’s best friend!
my step dad and dad getting ready to fly a kite! there definitely was enough wind for it!
dane’s mom reading with caleb and my little (16 year old!!!!) brother.
some snaps from the afternoon.
on to the presents and cake! i haven’t even had a chance to go through all of caleb’s books! i am sooo happy that everyone brought one and i loved to see new and old books all in one place! my dad even surprised me with MY favorite childhood book.
and kinsey helped caleb open all of his new toys and books…of course.
his first piece of cake. he loved it.
joel (brother-in-law) and dane dancing. there wasn’t any music…they were just dancing.
joel and nicole! love these two!
i had to narrow it down or else i would be here another 2 hours! thanks again to everyone who came out to celebrate with us. next year is gonna be even better.