Grey's 1st Birthday Party
Earlier this month, my little guy celebrated his 1st birthday in style with family and friends. I was super emotional on the days prior as I feel so fortunate that God has trusted me to be his mommy. My husband and I still have moments when we look at each other and just can't believe that he's here and healthy. It's been quite the journey to get here, but we made it! Enough of the mushy stuff though, let's get on to the party! I'd originally planned for the party to be in the same park where we hung out with friends a little while back. The weather seemed to be unpredictable for the weekend however, so I moved the location at the last minute. Of course it then turned out to be a perfect day and I regretted it. Despite planning everything in advance, things went crazy that day. We started extremely late and I felt horrible as guests arrived and we were still setting up. Everyone even started pitching in to help. This wasn't the way that I planned it, but everyone was so understanding and helpful. Then it turned out that we had nowhere to cook the food so my mom ended up having to go back home to use the oven. I was so frustrated. Parties are my thing and I just couldn't understand why everything was going so haywire after such careful planning. Eventually I just had to check myself and relax. This was a day to celebrate the birth of my child and he didn't care about anything that I was stressing over. As far as he was concerned, he had space to walk around and all his favorite people were hanging out him.
The dessert table though...that was perfect! Except the fact that my husband left the Publix box on the table, but I didn't notice since I was so busy running around lol.
For the theme, I went with Little Sailor Boy with pintables customized by Hostess With The Mostess. I love edible favors, so I kept it simple by purchasing cookies from BJ's that I put into favor bags purchased from Walmart. I then taped cut outs from my pintables to the front of each bag to tie it in with the theme. I'd originally planned on baking everything myself but opted for store bought cupcakes to save time. I taped toothpicks to the back of the cutouts to use them as cupcake toppers. I love to decorate parties, so on the pleased with the table. I didn't get a chance to put together the centerpiece that I'd originally planned on making, so I ended up putting gummy worms into mason jars and putting them on each table. I sure the kids loved that more than what I was going to make anyway :)
After a while, I just had to get out of my own head, loosen up and have fun. I did the best I could to relax and have fun with my baby. I got to catch up with friends that I hadn't seen in a while the bigger kids played musical chairs, ran around outside and threw rocks in the lake. Hours later, we finally gathered around to sing happy birthday and Grey got his first taste of cake - he wasn't a fan! He did enjoy playing in his own smash cake though!
What started off rocky day ended well - Grey had a blast! He danced, he ate, he played, he got tons of presents - he loved it. I'm so grateful to everyone who came, those that helped blow up balloons and for all the clothes & educational toys! Thank you! As for me, this was one of my many lessons once again teaching me that things can't always be perfect so I need to relax ((sigh)). I'm working on it!
Thank you again to those who came out to my little mans special day!
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