Friday, May 23, 2014

Miller's First Birthday--Smash cake time!

Miller was so much fun to watch with his smash cake.  He was covered in RED icing!  He put on quite the show.

 Big sis thought he needed a little help!

Sweet baby!

Of all of the parties I've done in the past, this may be my new favorite.  It was a lot of fun to put together and everything seemed to go smoothly.  Most of all, the birthday boy was perfect and enjoyed every minute of himself!  Happy birthday to our sweet boy!  WE MADE IT!

Miller's First Birthday (setting up and the guests)

We had mostly family and a few friends attend the party.  It was laid back and so nice being outside in the fresh air.

We put everyone to work all morning long.  Here is Don and Peeps blowing up balloons.  They were such troopers and did anything I asked.

Don and Mammie scooping out salads.

Peeps grilled hot dogs for us.

 We loved having Matt, Rachel and Evie here for the weekend.  Sadly Rachel did not make it into a single picture!
 DeDe stayed pretty busy entertaining the babies and keeping them fed, happy and rested.  She pushed Miller in his car the morning of the party for hours in her PJ's!

The birthday boy and PawPaw.

Sweet cousins had fun playing outside!

The whole crew.

We are thankful for everyone that came and celebrated with us.  We of course missed Granny and Grandonna but glad they are home resting and taking care of themselves!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Miller's Nautical First Birthday! (the details)

This past Sunday we celebrated our sweet boy's FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!  It is so hard to believe that we made it through the first year.  Miller definitely deserved a big birthday has been quite a year for our little guy.  Thankfully the past few weeks have been wonderful and I finally feel like we are over the hump.

When I started thinking about his first birthday, I wanted something sweet and not too "themey".  When I came across a few nautical ideas online, I decided that had to be it!

Having an outdoor party was a MUST.  Luckily the weather was absolutely perfect on party day.  We worked hard to get everything together to have it in the back yard.  One of the biggest additions to the yard is our new swing-set!  Don worked tirelessly day and night finishing this monster before the party.  I think his hard work was worth it because the kids entertained themselves and had the best time playing!

I knew if I could  find an old cheap high chair that I would want to paint it apple red for the smash cake. Luckily I found one for less than $10 and spray painted it in about 10 minutes!  Easy easy and it turned out sooooo cute  (in my opinion).

We had BBQ, hot dogs, baked beans, slaw, potato salad and chips.  I hung his monthly picture banner above the food table.

The favor/drink table.  We had iced sugar cookies and koozies for favors.  I decided to do something different than the usual treat bags.  They were a bit of a splurge but worth it!  I also set out bubbles and sidewalk chalk for the kids.  They were a hit as well I think!

I set up the cake table inside.  My usual cake lady was booked.  I was bummed at first but I think Sam's has yummy cakes!  I ordered Miller's smash cake and cookies from a bakery and Sam's did the cake and cupcakes and I thought they were all perfect!

I may or may not have rented table cloths and Don may (or may not have) said YOU RENTED table cloths?!?!  HA!  I just couldn't justify buying them for a one time deal or using plastic.  I HAD TO HAVE navy table cloths.  I'm weird:)

And of course we need a picture of the birthday boy himself!