Party day! We celebrated Hezekiah's First Birthday with lots of friends and family at a local park. I headed over an hour before the party to set up (with some help from my little sis) and quickly realized an hour to set up the overload of stuff I planned was not enough! But it all came together in the end! I also learned that those super cool really big balloons will not float with regular helium. Major bummer!
Anyways, on to the pictures. And get ready, there's a lot of them! Here's the fun dessert table! I spent a good portion of time making the marquee sign with Hezzy's name and Christmas lights (and had lots of help drilling holes from the husband). I got the idea after seeing that Sandy over at The Winding Road had made her own (for her own amazing circus party)...I figured it would be easy enough! But oh man, it took forever and threading in the lights (couldn't we have just spelled "HEZ" instead?!) was a seemingly grueling task. But it turned out so cool it was totally worth it.All the goodies...cupcakes, licorice (which I've apparently misspelled!), lollipops, a bucket of toys, stick on mustaches, peanuts and lots of balloon-animal balloons (with a little air pump too!).Elephant Peanuts! I took a sharpie to an old burlap sack I had lying around and filled it with peanuts.Cupcakes in all sorts of flavors: vanilla, peanut butter-chocolate, red velvet, German chocolate and even gluten-free vegan. And I kept it simple with the decorations by gluing scrapbook paper onto toothpicks for little flags.Hezzy's cake! And this was no ordinary cake, lucky baby got a whole-wheat carrot apple spice with cream cheese frosting. He's not one to gravitate towards sweeter foods (yay veggies!) and he loves cream cheese on toast, so I figured if he had a preference, or could talk, he'd ask for something like this. And that little strongman is a favorite toy of his, and how we decided on the whole concept of vintage circus.Next to the dessert table was another table with two buckets. And a beloved stuffed animal of Hez. We encouraged everybody to bring books and toys to donate to our local children's center instead of bringing presents and I was so excited to see the loads of donations our friends and family brought! I ended dropping off two boxes and a large bag full of toys, books and clothes!
The other bucket was filled with little party favor bags for all the kids, tied with a little "Thanks for coming to my party!" tag.I stuffed the bags with a box of old school animal cookies, play dough and a little circus animal and then it was up to the kids to fill it with whatever else they wanted from the treat table.A somewhat last minute thing I thought of (since we're frequently browsing our soon-to-be-closed-clear out-sales Borders) was to put a book out for everybody to sign. And how perfect that I was able to find Dr. Seuss's Birthday book on clearance!Here's a view of all the tables at the park. It was such a nice day for a park party, although the wind kept blowing away all our balloons!
Unfortunately, I totally forgot to get a picture of the table set-up I did, so here's a lame 'practice run' picture that was set up on my dining table. I'll admit, I'm a little OCD when I plan stuff. But basically, each table had a tin bucket (I had decorated them with duct tape) filled with popcorn, a circus animal with balloons tied to them, and some frames. The frames had scrapbook paper with a number "1" on one side and a picture of Hez on the other. And since I had 12 frames, I put a picture of him from each month.Popcorn buckets for the table, decorated with colored duct tape.And whoever sent back their RSVP tickets got their name thrown in a little raffle to win a Jamba gift card and a little puzzle and candy!And the best part of any one year old party has to be the cake...or the mess of cake! But this guy is as clean as they come and most of the mess on him was from us trying to encourage him to dig in. He did get a little into it when I gave him his spoon (he's very into feeding himself right now!).And after a minute, he just froze. So many friends and family singing and cheering him on just got to him and he didn't cry or anything, he just looked down in a blank stare and wouldn't move or look at anybody. Pretty cute, and a sure sign that there wasn't going to be any cake on the face today!But it did make for a very simple clean up...guess we didn't have to undress him after all!I've still got some more pictures from the party, namely the photobooth! But I think I've reached my picture limit for one post so they will come later! Also, I wont post anybody's pictures without them being cool with it, so if you don't mind that your photobooth picture gets posted I'd love it if you left me a comment! They are insanely cute!