THIS MONTH marks the end of my first year of motherhood! I can’t believe my son is already one year old. Time really does fly. I wanted to share a few details from his first birthday party. And by first I mean the first of his TWO parties! His second party hasn’t happened yet, but I’m assuming since it’s the bigger party that I will be running around like a crazy person and not thinking about taking blog-worthy photos.
Speaking of blog-worthy photos, my camera lens was smeared with something on the day of party #1. I’m not sure if it was icing, butter, breast milk or a delicious combination of the three, but the schmear made for fuzzy pictures. This kind of ticked me off at first. Upon further reflection, however, I decided the fuzzy pictures are quite apropos considering I haven’t slept in a year and most things I see nowadays are just a little furry around the edges. An unplanned and artistic expression of my sleep deprivation. Enjoy!
I made a banner by attaching various red, white and blue cardstock to jute twine. The craft store has so many patterns of cardstock, and I went with stripes, herringbone and, of course, anchors!
I used a stencil to trace and then cut out the letters. All. By. Hand. Either I’m a crafting, rock star, party-planning mom, or an idiot. You decide. And if your assessment is the latter, please refrain from sharing in the comments
I made my own smash cake using organic chocolate cake and vanilla frosting mix. A few drops of blue food coloring gave the vanilla frosting a pretty teal hue. I baked the cake according to the package instructions and then cut out little rounds with a sharp knife using a 16 oz formula can as a template. The formula can was the perfect size to make a tiny, three layer cake! And, I finally found a use for one of my many free formula samples!
The cake is topped off with a simple grocery store candle and a mini bunting I created using paper straws, teal ribbon and scraps of cardstock.
Red and white paper straws and more cardstock became “sails” for my little blue cupcakes. Swedish fish, simple blue solo cups, framed photos and some flowers rounded out the little nautical birthday tableaux.
I also decorated the wall behind his high chair. A cluster of balloons attached to some twisted paper garland tied off with lots of curling ribbon made a super simple backdrop for photos. I made a textured “one” sign by gluing teal ribbon to a piece of cardstock I cut in half.
There you have it! Our simple, red, white and blue, nautical birthday party (#1)! I’m going to use all of these decorations at party #2, so if you are coming this weekend try to act surprised
Oh, and in case you were wondering, he wouldn’t eat the cake. I’m sure the first of many glorious dishes I will slave over only to be met with the stank eye. Oy!