A vintage toy first birthday party for our little boy, with homemade goodies and decorations made for a fun afternoon with friends and family!
Since our little boy is too young for the likes of bounce houses and petting zoos, I placed an emphasis on refreshments and decorations. As a labor of love (and possibly an attempt at being a recessionista), I handmade all decorations and refreshments from scratch. I think my son enjoyed himself as much as I enjoyed planning the party for him!
Brownies, blondies, chocolate chip cookie bars, banana pudding, red velvet cupcakes and birthday cake
Activities / Games
It's 103 degrees here in Dallas, which doesn't leave many options for activities or games, (I would say that sipping a cold beverage in an air conditioned house counts as an activity with this group on a day like we had!) so I opened up our home and offered as many toys for the children to play with as possible. I also printed coloring sheets, which the preschool aged children seemed to enjoy.
Since this party was for a one-year-old, with most of the guests being adults or children under age one, we didn't give out favors this year.
Robinson is too young to understand how exciting it is to unwrap a room full of presents. Luckily, we had some sweet little girls who were more than happy to be Rob's official gift unwrappers. They "oohed" and "ahhed" over all the gifts, and made sure to show the gifts off to Robinson, who was too preoccupied with a Rubik's cube (remember, the house is filled with classic toys as decorations!) to pay much attention.
What People Ate
Sliders, mini hot dogs, and mac n cheese.
What People Drank
Soft drinks, chocolate milk, bottled water and ice cold beer.
Most Touching Moment
I was worried Robinson would be overwhelmed by a large roomful of people singing and cheering for him, so I've been singing "Happy Birthday" and cheering at every meal for the past couple weeks. When the time came for the official serenade he had a huge grin on his face and was quite pleased with all the attention!
At the beginning of the party, Robinson sat quietly drinking a sippy cup of chocolate milk with one of our guests. Once he noticed me retrieving a baby bowl and spoon from the cabinet (to serve mac n cheese for him), he THREW the sippy cup at our friend! Enough moo juice, bring on the grub! He pigged out the rest of the afternoon.
Pigtails and Ponytails
I cannot take credit for the beautiful photos seen here; my friend and favorite shutterbug Angie took these pictures for me. Thanks a million!