We had it at a local park, so I had to pack several boxes of stuff to take. All the food, decorations, etc. While it was a bit of a pain, I found I was less stressed getting prepared because as I thought or bought items, I would just toss them in the party box. I didn’t forget anything.
I bought most of the party supplies at The Dollar Tree (they have a great party section), which kept it really affordable, since we only had a small budget for the party. Everything was bright and fun. I loved it.
We had the party at Dragon Park in Nashville. It is known as Dragon Park because of the huge tiled dragon at the park. Isn’t it neat? I love that Matthew and Elias are making the same face in this photo.
- Regular and mango salsa
- Fresh fruit
- Bowls of pretzels on each table
- A baby snack tray (with Beach Nut snacks and cheerios)
- Cupcakes (I cut dragons out to put on top of the cupcakes, but then I forgot to put them on. Oh well. They were still a big hit.)
- Water, lemonade and juice boxes
Even in keeping it simple, we had TONS of food leftover. That always happens, doesn’t it?
The Birthday Boy
He looked so cute in his First Birthday hat! Although, he didn’t keep it on long…
He also was given some really lovely gifts.
I took cake decorating back in 2007 with the intent of someday making my children’s cakes. Well, the opportunity was finally here. I made a six inch cake for Elias and was so pleased with how it turned out. Unfortunately, Elias was not a big fan. I think it was too sweet for him (it was the first time he had artificial sugar) and it was very hot out… We did get him a little messy – and Matthew even stuck his feet in the cake when he pulled him out the high chair.
Even though I put four hours into making the cupcakes, Elias’s cake and the frosting, I was most proud of the sign I made for Elias’s high chair.
Here’s how I made it.
- I painted large chipboard letters from Rusty Pickle
- I mounted the letters on yellow cardstock and cut the bottom of the cardstock using scalloped scissors.
- I used tacky tape on the backs of each letter to attach red crepe paper
- I attached felt characters (by Fancy Pants) to each letter to give them dimension and further tie the design together
It added so much color to his high chair and looks great in the pictures (yes, we took around 300!) I am going to hang the sign up on the valance in his room. Isn’t it sweet?