Friday, July 18, 2014

First Birthday Party

 Ashton's party was thrown together in two days. AHHH I am a SUPER indecisive person and I couldn't make a decision for the life of me. Should I whip it up in two days for his actual birthday or just wait until I got back in town, but then that would push me into August.  I know, I've heard it all... "he is one." "he won't remember." "he doesn't care".... yada yada yada but I CARE.  I have SO many rubbermaids in my garage FULL of party stuff ready to go that it would be silly of me not to take a few minutes and throw something together. I knew I would regret it if not. Plus, we all know I LOVE parties.  I have yet to throw one where Jaxon had an opinion, so this time it was fun because he was getting all excited for Ashton and helping me put together the favors.

 Besides sending the last minute invitation via text, the weather not working in my favor and having to switch the location last minute, I would say it went very well. I learned a few things from throwing Jaxon's Party:

1. Don't be a crazy host who is STRESSED out the whole party where you don't even remember it.
2. have someone else take the pictures and you just enjoy the moment and take time to socialize with the guests.
3. don't stress things aren't going perfectly or your child isn't acting the way you imagined it would go.For example- I BOTCHED Ashton's cake the night before the party. It was leaning, the frosting runny, just awful. don't believe me, see for yourself...

And during the whole process I was just laughing and called my guru frosting friend to come bail me out. I added some gum balls and a topper and it ended up better than I originally planned.

Okay now to the party...

I walked past my toy room and saw this print hanging on my wall and decided to have that as my inspiration. It was great to help remind me the reason why I am doing this party and to keep it simple. I pulled from past parties and items in his room for the decor. I served little cups of ice cream displayed in a rubber ducky inflatable tub, and an assortment of baby/kid friendly snacks. I unleashed a bunch of balloons and let the kids go wild with them at the park. Super easy but most importantly FUN!

At the end of the post I will link to past parties all the decorations came from with their tutorials. 

Last minute addition since my cricket machine broke on me the night before :(.  I changed plans and shrunk down images to look like instagram prints on a word document and printed it out on photo paper. 

Dumb mom planned the party during his nap time.

Back off it's my cake....

At the end of the party giving me lots of cuddles.

When Chase got home that night we opened up his gifts and dug into the cake all over again. The highlight was when we hosed him down. Jax and Ashton were giggling, jumping in puddles, and loving getting drenched by dad.

Fabric banner: tutorial here from Mustache Bash party and Cookies and milk party
Chicken Wire frame with pictures: Tutorial here
Table cloth: Thrift store... it is a bed sheet :)
Cake topper: I made it with skewers and pom pom trim from JoAnn's. The one is from scrapbook numbers and letter kit purchased at Michael's. ( I found it in my stash so not 100% sure that's where it is from)
Gumballs: Orson Gygi
Vintage train: vintage shop in St. George Utah
Let them be little sign: Found Here


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