We had so much fun celebrating our little guy's big day with friends at our neighborhood park. I'll admit that it was a little nerve-wracking leading up to the party because our early November weather was unpredictable with heavy rain, thunderstorms, and unseasonably warm weather. Luckily, it all cleared up just in time for our Sunday afternoon get together and it was a beautiful sunny day in the low 70s! I'm so glad we decided to do the party at the park since there was plenty of space for running around, multiple play and swing sets, and minimal setup required. Since our new house was barely unpacked and decorated at the time, it was a big relief to have the party close by (2 blocks away!) but without the pressure of actually hosting at home.
I went for a fall/woodland animal theme based off of a cute invitation from Minted. I found a lot of crafty décor supplies at Paper Source including fall leaf die-cuts for food labels, fox dishtowels for layering on the tablecloths, an acorn garland, and a wood grain paper that I used as the background of the monthly photo board. I found balloons, tablecloths, and plates/cups/napkins/plastic flatware in the theme colors at our Houston party superstore, Arne's Warehouse. See below for the sweet birthday hat and banners created by PopFizzHooray, a great Etsy shop. We even repurposed the "Landon" portion of the banner and it now hangs over his crib!
Since the party was in the late afternoon, we kept it simple with a few healthy appetizers from Zoe's Kitchen and mini cupcakes from Crave. Instead of a smash cake, I opted for a regular size cupcake for the birthday boy. He was unsure at first but dug in eventually for a couple of sweet bites. It was his first taste of dessert, and so far it looks like he will be a sweet tooth like his mom.
Orzo Tabouli Salad
Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Roasted Vegetables
Chicken Salad, Hummus and Pitas
Limeade and Iced Tea
Birthday Cake, Red Velvet, Chocolate, and Dulce de Leche Mini Cupcakes
While planning the party, I heard over and over again that the first birthday is really a celebration for the parents and I think that's absolutely true. Your little one has no idea what's going on and might even be overwhelmed by all the attention. The key is to keep the party short and sweet so that there is time for baby to have fun without affecting their nap and eating schedule. I'm so glad our friends could come out to join us for a big milestone and very special day. The first year flew by in a flash and my baby is suddenly a toddler. I can't wait to see what surprises this next year will bring!