WE MADE IT! ONE YEAR! My sweet baby boys are getting so big! My babies’ birthday was Easter, so we celebrated the following weekend with friends and family. And let me tell ya, it was fun! The post I have for you today is all about the decor and the party planning. I want to do a one-year update on the boys too, but I want to wait until I have their official stats from the doctor. Coming soon!
I knew going into party planning that I was going to get really into it. I always do. Aaron kept telling me to “keep it simple” and honestly, I don’t even know what that means. HA! But I did OK. I mean, we did cancel the ice sculptures at last minute. KIDDING!
Lots of pictures to share with you today. Let’s start with the party decor first. At the very beginning, I wanted it to be a “bad ass bunny” party, using the Miniwilla bunny and lots of black and white. But then, of course, I get to the store and saw all the pretty colors and thought, well heck let’s just cutesy-up the party and add in a bunch of our Miffy stuff. DONE. Miffy, who I’d argue is also a badass bunny, is hard to get here in the US so besides our big lamp, which we used as the centerpiece, I made most of the Miffy things myself.
The piece de resistance was our Miffy lamp. I removed the light and cord so I could use him as our centerpiece.
We used lots of green, mint, blue, yellow, gold and black/white stripes. I nearly always do balloons at my parties. They’re affordable and they make such a huge impact. My go-to for balloon design and delivery in northern Kentucky is Balloons Across the River in Fort Thomas. They also did my big wedding balloons!
On the far wall, we posted 52 weeks of The Brothers May in the shape of a “1.” I have spent the last year taking candids of them on our Fridays off together and just seeing them all together… there may be some water marks on those photos. Sniff.
My mom did the flowers/centerpieces for the party and they turned out so well. She bought carrots and grocery store flowers and put them in vintage Ball jars. So cute!
And here’s the part where I may have gone off the deep end a little bit. I started to change out all of our wall prints and pillows to also match the party theme. You know, because I’m insane. I only got as far as the living room and while crazy, it sure does look good. 🙂
We were hoping to be outside for the shindig, but this is the day that winds got up to 40 mph, plus it was freezing! We brought most of the tables inside to give people a place to sit and chat. It was a little cramped, but it worked for our 25-ish people. We did have a bubble machine and sidewalk chalk at the ready in case kids were itching to get outside.
Speaking of the outdoors, we did spend some spiffing up the front porch too. My dad built us these awesome planters for Christmas, but they had sat unfinished since. I stained them ebony for the party and added more Miffy decor and pansies. The big sprout of grass there is technically not a planter-y plant, so I’ll move it soon. I just needed something tall and spiky.
We had a TON of sweet treats. We had Miffy-like Peeps on sticks…
… and bunny graham-filled carrot party favors…
… and bunny butts…
… and delicious, royal icing sugar cookies…
… and of course, homemade Miffy cakes!
I wanted to make a cake myself for the boys, but I needed a recipe with lots of shortcuts. I used these readymade bunny cake pans, this trick boxed cake recipe (titled “how to make boxed cake mix taste homemade”) as well as the buttermilk icing recipe mentioned in the boxed cake post. It was so, so good. The letter candles are a result of creative name mixing (like buying “Alexandria” and “Nicole” for example) from options at my local party store.
In the entryway, we set up their new teepee digs as well as their Smartrikes, which were presents from Aaron and I. The teepee was a big project that took me a couple of weeks. I ordered a big eyeball stamp from Beetleinkco on Etsy, block printed the fabric and sewed everything together, following this Sew Easy teepee pattern. So far Suge is its biggest fan.
The boys did great at the party. It was so fun to see how social they’ve become, crawling to different groups of people and playing with everyone.
And they loved the cake! We had little cupcakes that they shoved in their mouth as fast as humanly possible.
First birthday party is officially in the books. PHEW!