First of all, I have to admit that I rolled my eyes at friends and family that went overboard on their children's first birthday parties. I used to think that it was so silly because the kid won't even remember it. Well, I admit that I totally became THAT mom. There is something about the first party that makes you want to go ALL OUT! For me, I wanted to make it extra special so that it would reflect in the pictures that I show Jack someday. I want those pictures to show the love that I put into the party. Plus, it is kind of a celebration of making through the first year of parenthood too. I only invited family and friends who are like family, so it wasn't a huge party. However, the love was in the details.
I try to be crafty and everyone knows my addiction the Pinterest. Every time I thought I was finished with decorations, I would see something else on Pinterest that I had to add to the party. Thank goodness for Oriental Trading Company and Etsy, plus a few crafty projects...I ended up not spending too much. I also saved by making the food, cake and cupcakes. My only real splurge was the tray of Chick-Fil-A nuggets, which were my hubby's request and my awesome photographer.
The photographer caused a bit of a discussion with the hubby, but I justified hiring her by not having a 1-year photography session. Plus, how often do you have all your loved ones in one place!?! We had some great moments with Jack and his great grandparents, grandparents and other family members that I wanted to capture. The photographer was worth every penny! Thank you Jordan from JJM Photography and Above and Beyond Events!
I wanted a vintage carnival feel and used a lot of burlap, galvanized buckets, twine and straw hay. One of my favorite creations was the burlap ribbon table runner. I am no sewing expert, so a little fabric glue worked just fine. I also made the fireplace centerpiece using a large canvas and covered it in the polka dot fabric. I really enjoyed making the "Jack's First Year" frame too. This was so easy! Using foam board covered in burlap, ribbon, mini clothes pins and a painted frame. This was such a special project...everything was special about this day. I hope you enjoy a little peek into Jack's 1st Carnival!
These were fantastic confetti cake popcorn balls!
Happy 1st Birthday Jack!
"I love you through and through. And when it seems impossible to love you more, I do!"