This past weekend my baby turned one, and we hosted his first birthday party!
We chose a black lab theme party in honor of Jack’s ‘older brother,’ Tebow!
Planning for a birthday party – especially the first – can be a little stressful. I tried though to really enjoy the planning and to focus on providing good food and drinks, and creating a relaxing, laid-back time for our guests more so than making the party an over-the-top Pinterest-inspired event.
Now I did put some creative thought into the decorations and theme, and made sure there were a few special touches like Jack’s onesie and the highchair and fireplace banners, but for the most part I stuck with the basics and I think everything turned out perfect!
We were a little nervous that our house would be a bit tight to have everyone over, but honestly it was just as I had hoped. It was cozy, but everyone still had room to move and a place to sit to eat. The weather called for rain so we planned inside, but of course not a drop fell the entire party. I don’t think the tighter space seemed to bother anyone though as everyone was busy chatting away and catching up. Tim and I truly have some of the greatest friends and family! My mom helped me so much with the food preparations and decorating, and we had guests drive more than two hours just to come celebrate our Jack’s birthday. It was such a reminder how blessed we are and how important family and friends are to our lives, and to our boys. He is so loved, and we were so thankful to witness the love toward him!
I actually made his ‘Smash Cake’ using yellow and chocolate cake batter, and I hand piped all of the blue and white droplets on his cake. (PS – coloring icing is hard! I tried to make a navy blue, but didn’t quite get there. I still think the blue turned out pretty! The suggestion for navy was six parts blue – three parts purple – two parts black. I kept adding, but never could get the navy just right!)
We did basic navy streamers, tablecloths, and navy and white balloons, and then I added in paw print balloons to tie-in the lab theme and to match his paw print pants from Carter’s and the paw print fabric used in his banners.
His onesie I ordered from Etsy. The shop is called bebe boutiques and the owner was awesome to work with! I even got to choose the navy and white stripe fabric on the lab’s party hat! I loved how his onesie was personalized and tied everything together. I wanted him to have a special party-themed outfit to wear and to celebrate in and I couldn’t have been happier with the result!
They say that the first birthday party really is more for the parents, with I agree with except for the fact that Jack seemed to LOVE his party! He played and laughed and giggled and crawled the entire almost three hour party.
He helped rip the paper on his presents, he thought the cake smash was fun and yummy and I swear he would have ate the whole cake if we had let him, and he loved playing with his cousins and checking out all of the newborn baby guests who were there to celebrate too! I was really proud of him and was very happy the party was FUN for him! He played until his heart’s content and then crashed hard once everyone had left.
So here we are now into Jack’s second year! It was a whirlwind of a first year and my plan for year two is to truly savor each moment and to soak in his sweet spirit and inquisitive nature. Happy first birthday Jack! Looking forward to many, MANY more with you ahead my sweet boy!