Yesterday, our darling boy turned ONE! It seems surreal that I have a one year old and that toddlerhood is upon is. TIME GOES SO FAST.
To celebrate, we threw a backyard party and invited lots of family and friends. The weather was perfect (although a bit hot - I was hoping for cooler fall weather!) and so many people came to celebrate our boy.
I didn't really have a theme, but used lots of shades of blue to match his invitations. I will forever think of Xavier when I see the color blue, because of his big blue eyes and how much they sparkle when he wears blue! I'll try and cover as much of the decor and planning as possible. But first - photos! Duh. Huge thanks to my pal Tessa Tillett for snapping these for us. I'll treasure them forever!
I opted for decor I can hopefully re-use again. Hashtag minimalism. I started buying and creating the decorations 2 months or so before the party. Maybe that sounds ridiculous, but I LOVE to throw parties. It truly fires me up and I love being creative and finding all the right things to pull together. If that's not your jam, don't do it! But I personally enjoy it.
The garland above the high chair and the high chair skirt were made from thrift store sheets, pillowcases and tablecloths that I picked up for a couple bucks each. There's a million tutorials for these types of garlands on Pinterest. Basically you cut material into strips and tie it to a piece of string. Easy! And I can reuse them in the future!
The chipboard bunting strands with letters were another quick DIY. Chipboard bunting from Hobby Lobby and a couple packages of 3" white letters, also from Hobby Lobby. I'll pack these away for future celebrations. I attached the high chair skirt to the tray with command strips, which honestly didn't work very well, so there was also a lot of duct tape involved.
The letters and number ones are from Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I went a few times and grabbed letters when they were on clearance. I love that I can reuse them for future parties. I can swap out the blue letter "n" in "one" for a pink one if we have a girl, for instance. Reuse, reuse, reuse!
The blue berry baskets to hold apple slices are from Shop Sweet Lulu. So are the wooden utensils and little glassine bags to hold them. Paper plates, cups, napkins, balloons and party hats from our local Party City.
Other than that, I used a lot of "decor" that is just hanging in our home. The sign behind the high chair hangs above Xavier's crib. The photo frames were also hanging in our house, and I printed a few extra photos of Xavier to display. The potted plants are from various rooms around our house. Shop your house to pull together items to display - I bet you have more than you think!
TIPS + TRICKS
If you have kids or babies coming, set out a basket of toys for them to play with and lay a blanket down on the grass. The little ones loved playing with Xavier's toys and it let parents relax and chat!
If you have a fence or garage, utilize that for decorating. This worked so well for Xav's party. We used the side of the garage to hang the garlands and bunting and photo frames, using nails that were already there. We hung the sign behind the high chair on two nails in our fence, and draped the blue garland overtop.
For outdoor parties, use fans to keep bugs away. We didn't have a strong enough fan, but having a small tabletop fan on the food table and a larger box fan in a corner will keep yellowjackets and bugs away because they don't like the wind.
If you want your baby to wear a party hat, practice! I know this sounds ridiculous, but Xavier wore his party hat the whole time because I put it on him several times in the weeks leading up the party and he was used to it.
We had so much fun celebrating our sweet baby boy and are so grateful to have this village alongside us as we journey through parenthood!