We recently celebrated our youngest son’s first birthday, and had such a wonderful afternoon with family and close friends. I still can’t believe our baby just turned 1-year-old, where did the time go? A smiley and sweet little boy, G captured our hearts from the moment he arrived, and truly made our family complete. We love him more than words can describe! One my favorite parts of welcoming a second child into our family has been seeing the friendship form between C and G. They genuinely adore each other – albeit, even at this age they bicker 🙂 – and I’m so excited for the bond they will share. They will always be brothers, and I know they will always be great friends too.
I’d been dreaming about his first birthday party for months, as I knew it would be such a special time for our whole family. A time to honor the birthday boy, baby G, and a time to honor us, his parents, for making it through the first year – we did it! For any of you readers who have children, I’m sure you can relate to the exciting milestone that is the first birthday. While G won’t remember the party, it will be fun someday to show him pictures and share stories about the celebration.
On to the party details! Inspired by C’s first birthday, we held G’s party at our favorite neighborhood park, and kept it simple and sweet. Since G was born in the fall, we chose a “Our Little Pumpkin Is Turning 1 Theme”, and had the most adorable invitations created by our favorite paper designer, Lucy Murchison of Love Lucy Design. As always, she outdid herself with yet another charming and beautiful invitation filled with shadow pumpkins and a blue gingham background. As for decor, we covered the park’s picnic tables with powder blue table cloths and pumpkins of all sizes, and for a whimsical touch, tied blue gingham ribbons on the stem of each pumpkin. Blue and white balloon bouquets, pastel colored party hats, and orange and white striped napkins and plates added a fun pop of color to the tables. We also ordered a custom blue and white gingham “ONE” sign made for G’s high chair. At the party, children played on the park’s jungle gym and jumped in the bounce house, and guests enjoyed grilled hamburgers, chips and fruit skewers as well as vanilla birthday cake. Everyone took home a mini pumpkin too!
The party was a great success, and all of the guests had a fabulous time. As a hostess, I think there are always key learnings when you entertain, and this party was no exception. I learned yet again that while it’s so important to be organized and plan thoughtful details, it’s also important to relax and have fun. Ha, I’m still working on being a relaxed host! Maybe next year?!
Now that the boy’s birthday parties are behind us for the year, it’s on to the holidays. We’ll be hosting Thanksgiving this year, and we’re looking so forward to having our family in town. Keep an eye out for pictures of my tablescape on Instagram, and wishing everyone a great week ahead!