Charlie’s first birthday was on December 30th. Originally I had planned to have his party on that date but, after throwing a huge cocktail party earlier in the month and hosting Christmas with out of town family, by the time we got close to Charlie’s birthday, I was partied out for the month.
Instead we had it this past Sunday and I ended up very happy with my stress avoidance decision. Everything turned out beautifully if I do say so myself.
I ordered the invitations from tinyprints and as always, they were perfect!
As you can see we went with a circus/carnival theme and I loved how it all turned out!
I filled all my apothecary jars with peanuts, m&m’s, twix, kit-kats and gummy bears & let the kids scoop them out into little red & white waxed cups.
The cake banner I made approximately 2 minutes before the guests arrived! Nothing like waiting until the last minute…
The Bolz pressed tin carnival toys I borrowed from a friend. She purchased them at Tuesday Morning. I’ve gone in several times to look for them but of course Tuesday Morning isn’t the kind of place you can go with an agenda.
I also hung circus posters in the windows that I purchased from BellaMercato on etsy.
And the birthday hat (that Charlie did NOT want to wear was from Bows and Holders on etsy as well.
On his birthday we gave him a red velvet cupcake to dig into. This was the closest he came to eating it. He was decidedly uninterested in putting it anywhere near his mouth.
And on his birthday, it seemed like we were going to have the same outcome.
And then what do you know, Charlie figured out chocolate is yummy! He is now a fan!
We also created a photo booth & all our friends took a picture with Charlie. I love how they turned out! I just wish I had been thinking clearly enough to take a photo of our family with the photo booth!
This is my attempt at doing my own iced cookies. Rather amateurish (although exceedingly time consuming!) but they were fun to do. The day after the party Charlie and I walked through the neighborhood handing out thank you notes and cookies to all our friends that came to the party.
Alice’s birthday is in March and I’m already brewing up some ideas for a special party for her!