Meet Blue Bear.
Carter’s favorite stuffed animal. He has a basket brimming with nicer stuffed animals but he has chosen the cheap one that his daddy won him at Dave and Buster’s to be his favorite. Go figure. And we gave him a very creative name.
He loves Blue Bear.
This is how he shows it. That is a one year old’s hug right there.
So when we were talking about his first birthday party, we decided that his favorite stuffed animal would be the theme. And it did not hurt that “blue” is an easy jumping off point.
We wanted the party to be low key but fun. And not over the top since he will not remember it. But you are only one once.
The invitation- I ordered them from Lovely Little Party on Etsy. The picture was a whale, but she customized it with the bear. Loved them.
Blue Bear was waiting at the door with his “1” and cake pops favors for the way out.
Carter’s old grass drying rack functioned well for a cake pop holder.
For the decorations, I made some fabric bunting for the dining room and the kitchen.
We loved polka dotted blue balloons and put them outside and around the house.
If you are ever wondering how helium balloons do in 100 degree heat…I will give you a hint-not well.
On the mantel, his month pictures were strung across with ribbon and fun foam.
I did two poses…but I lost steam after month 6. Not going to win “Mom of the Year” with that one. So we go months 1-6 and then the 12 month photos are in the frames at the top.
We had a local baker do the cake.
I loved it and it was delicious. And everyone else thought it was delicious too. At least I think they were telling the truth.
Blue Bear was made out of a rice krispie treat. Which is currently in our freezer and I assume waiting for the one year anniversary of his first birthday?? Not sure on the protocol for that one…
And of course the smash cake.
We also had tons of food which I did not take a picture of. But I did snap the most important part-
And the cake eating throne with the hat that he would not put on his head…
On the TV next to the fireplace, we had a movie of his first year pictures and video clips set to music playing in the background. I would post it here but it is really long and I know no one cares that much. I used windows movie maker and it was super easy. We just burned three copies on a DVD (as many as would fit) so we did not need to keep restarting it. Grandparents also got there own copy of course to take home. They may have even loved it more than the cake pop favors.
In the week leading up the the party we scrambled to get the basement area up and running and ready for people to be down there.
But almost everyone stayed upstairs. Except those who knew we were working on it and wanted to make me feel better. Oh well…now I will be able to share it here and actually have space for all the new and large toys.
And all the party fun and cake smashing shenanigans will be coming up in Part 2. Because Part 1 is already way too long. Said the girl who wanted an low-key party.