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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

oh the places he'll go...





 It was such a wonderful party day!


If you will remember from the invitations {check them out here}, we went with a darling travel theme to celebrate Jake's first birthday. We filled the house with maps and globes and sweet party decor. 






I love this tissue paper garland that we hung all throughout the main areas of the house!
Major credit goes to my man, who cut out the shapes {with tissue paper you can cut a ton out at one time} and then I just used transparent tape to attach them to baker's twine. A quick, cheap and pretty decoration!





I also made this giant "1" covered with pictures of Jake's first year. It was a simple craft and I think it was a great addition!





I used poster board to create the original "1", then covered it with burlap fabric for a fun background. Finally I just hot glued about 50 of my favorite pictures to the piece. 





Since the party was right at lunch time, we had some tasty food on hand.
BBQ pork sandwiches, individual serving french fries, potato salad and fruit salad.






Smash cake for Jake and cupcakes for the party goers.






And what's a party without cute glasses and striped straws??







I think Jake had a pretty fabulous time! I mean, he's one. So I can't expect him to have any idea what's really going on. But he loved seeing all of his favorite people! And holy moley, the kid totally racked up in the present department! We have the absolute best friends and family!!







This guitar was a huge hit. With all babies...




{I spy the makings of a future rock band!}



The smash cake didn't go over quite as well.
There was no smashing to be had. This kid is definitely not a cake eater. He basically just looked at it and cried. Bless his heart and give him some fruit.




We finally sent our guests home with a fun little party favor.

Carabiner compasses!






We loved being surrounded by these folks at his party! Our friends and family have made such a dramatic impact on us, especially in the last year. They have supported us, encouraged us and loved on us all. And Jake is a lucky little man to be so cherished!

Thank you for all the wonderful well wishes for our sweet boy!




14 comments:

  1. This party looks PERFECT!! Way to go momma!! And I need to learn how to do those tissue decorations for Mia's party! They are SO cute!

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    1. Courtney, seriously, SO EASY! You can cut out like ten sheets at once. And btw, did you know you can iron tissue paper? Just lay a piece of cardstock or something think between the stack of tissue paper and the iron. That way they lay flat instead of all weird at the folds. Tape to some string to them about a foot a part and BOOM, awesome decoration!! Good luck lady!

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  2. Great looking party. Sawyer has that guitar and loves it. I try to take the batteries out when he's not looking.

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  3. How did you make the invitations? Do you mind emailing the file? Thanks!!

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    1. I just designed a very simple Word document with two 5x7 invites per page. Then I arranged the penants and sewed them. Super simple!

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  4. I love your take on this. I found a similar themed party for a little girl on One Charming Party but I have a boy so I'm definitely going to be borrowing some of your ideas. Do you mind telling me where you found the carabiners? I like this idea for the adults and then some inflatable globes I found at Oriental Trading. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much!

      We got ours at Walmart in the auto section. But I recently saw some built into mini flashlights in the Target dollar section!

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  5. What a fun party!! Do you mind telling me where you got the compasses??

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    1. We found these in the auto department at Walmart. But I've since seen them in the Dollar Spot at Target and a few other places!

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  6. I just found your blog via Pinterest... planning for my own little man's 1st birthday in March! I LOVE the travel theme and especially his first birthday outfit. Mind me asking where you got it?

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    1. Thanks Alissa!! My mom actually made the John-John for him and then I added the letters with a bit of fabric, heat bond, and some stitching around the edges.

      Good luck with your little one's party!! Have fun!

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  8. Where did you get the map thank you cards?

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