Serenity’s first birthday was a blast to plan! I went with a barnyard theme because her favorite book by far is still Barnyard Dance. I wanted a barn out of cardboard, so my Dad helped me build it. He added wood trim and made the roof out of planks of cardboard so it looks so real! It’s amazing! And I drew a horse for the back wall so there’s an animal inside. Serenity loves to crawl inside it already to see the horse and play. There’s also a shelf for her ducky to sit in the hayloft, but she always wants to get her right out =)
I had planned to draw a few animals on construction paper as decorations… but Dad thought since I was going to do all that work, it should be more permanent. So he got big pieces of plywood, painted them white, and then drew scenes from Barnyard Dance on them using his projector.
Dad and I built a pond too. Eric’s family always did fishing for prizes at birthday parties, so we wanted Serenity to get to do that too. Dad had a big blue tarp, and we cut some of the bamboo out of his backyard to look like weeds around the pond. He even built a little dock for the kids to stand and fish from. Eric used another piece of bamboo as a pole.
Other crafty projects I did for the birthday include making a cupcake tower and a Happy Birthday Serenity sign using scrapbooking paper.
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Red Velvet Cake
Activities / Games
Fishing for Prizes, Reading and Dancing to the Book, Barnyard Dance
Serenity was SO excited to see all the decorations, especially the cow painting and her pond.
What People Ate
Definitely the cake... it might have been a very pitiful attempt at a cake, but the bright blue and red dye was awesome for photographs.