Monday, April 2, 2012

Operation Birthday: COMPLETE

What a weekend!  We had such a great time celebrating Baby Boy's 1st Birthday!  He had a blast and I am so thankful that he is such an easy going, go-with-the-flow kind of baby.  He was passed around a room of 30 people on Saturday and 20 on Sunday and it didn't phase him at all.  He smiled and clapped when the crowd sang the birthday song in unison and he enjoyed smashing his yummy cake into his sweet face!  Hubby and I were beaming with pride and feeling very blessed that our son was surrounded by so many people that love him to pieces.

As for the party planning and execution... It went off without a hitch! {blowing on knuckles and brushing on shoulder}  In addition to the few details I already shared, here are some more of the Cookie Monster themed decorations:

First I wanted to share the gift Hubby and I gave the Birthday Boy.  We found this couch at Babies R Us and couldn't resist!  It folds out into a sleeping bag. 

I think he liked it!

The "Happy Birthday" sign is from the printable items we purchased.  You can't really see the triangles on each end, but they have cookie monster images.  I also had a picture for each month leading up to his birthday.  I found little clothes pins in primary colors at Michaels which I used to hang the pictures.

Here is one of the centerpieces again.  The confetti was also from the printables.

Here is the dessert table.  We found a toy ice cream truck with Cookie Monster as the driver, perfect for this set-up! 

The cupcakes were white cake with chocolate chips, cream cheese frosting and some had crumbled chocolate chip cookies on top.  I did not bake these.  When it comes to baking I prefer to leave it to the professionals!  The lolli pop sticks were from the printables as well as the "cupcakes" table card.

Another cupcake shot.

Could this smash cake be any cuter?!? 

The basket is holding the party favors.  Chocolate chip cookies, of course!  We put them in plastic favor bags I got at Michaels and then topped them with favor tags that read, "Thanks for coming to my party!"  The "Me Love Cookies" sign is also from the... you guested it, printables.

Another of the plush toys we had displayed around the room.  This is also a bib I found at Party City.

I realize this is a terrible picture...  But I had to show off the banner.

Sadly, these are all of the pictures I have.  I now realize being the mom and host of my baby's party meant I didn't have time to snap a ton of photos.  Luckily my mom took plenty and I can't wait to see them all.  Some of the other details that I didn't capture include the menu.  It consisted of deli sandwiches and wraps, caesar salad, pasta salad, spinach dip, cheese tray, fruit tray and chips.  For refreshments we had the bottled water with cookie monster labels, juice for the kids, soda and we did have some beer and wine available for the adults.  I also purchased a number of individual bottles of milk for the dessert table but left them at home!!!!  Argh! 

So there you have it.  My Baby is 1 and we are ready and excited to begin our journey into toddlerhood.  Now I need a nap... think my boss will let me??

Cupcakes and Smash Cake - Mulberries Cake Shop
Printables and Invitations - Shin Dig Parties To Go

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