Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Let the celebration begin!

Did I mention that this little guy turned one last week? I'm going through the typical parental shock of how quickly he's growing up.
 We decided to have a small family party, and I didn't really have a theme in mind, I just tried to think of things that Ollie might like and it ended up working out pretty well.  He loved all the doilies that we had hanging up for Valentine's Day.  He spent ages getting us to blow on them and watching them move and he tried and tried to blow them himself so I really wanted to have something hanging from the ceiling that you could blow on and move.  I ended up just hanging some star garlands from the party store, and I strung up some party hats too (they look like a mess in this photo because I couldn't get a good angle).
Ollie got right to work blowing on them and smiling so I guess they did their job.
We put rainbow colored pinwheels all over the yard (we stocked up on them at the dollar store) and he loved looking out the window and watching them twirl.
We put a few extras around the house too.
 I also printed out some black and white copies of pictures of Ollie making faces and added party hats to them and put them up on the strings that I still have hanging down the hall from Christmas cards and Valentine sayings.
Speaking of party hats, I went party hat crazy.  I added pom-poms to hats for guests
 I made a simple hat for Ollie
 And I made surprise party hat favors for the guests to take home (which I meant to decorate, but I never got around to it)
I filled them with things that would move in the wind: tiny kites, fringed party whistles, touchable bubbles, and I had to add a little chocolate too since this was really mostly a grown-up party.  Then I just wrapped them up in lots of layers of crepe paper.  I got the idea from these surprise Santa hats.
Ollie is so easy to please, so far we've left everything up because it makes him so happy.


Scott said...

It turned out to be FANTASTIC!

Rebecca said...

I love the faces with the hats-- i totally want to steal that idea

Anna said...

I've been brainstorming ideas for my daughter's 1st birthday in a few months. I LOVE the black and white faces with party hats garland. That's genius.

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Such a cute party!! My son's 1st birthday is in 3 weeks and I'm totally going to try the party hat pictures - so cute! Thanks for sharing. :)

NaughtsNCrosses said...

I just ADORE your post! Such sweet photos and I LOVE your birthday hat/photo decorations! I've shared that image here (linked back to your blog post): http://www.deviantscrap.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2406

Have a wonderful week!!

Aaron & Ginger said...

Love, love, love the b & w faces! So cute! I am planning my son's first birthday and am totally running with your idea here! Did you use a certain paper to print the faces on and how did you size the faces to print them that large?

kim said...

The b & W faces are a great addition to a party. Would love to know what size you printed the pictures. Thanks so much.

Ashley said...

I was inspired by your baby birthday face banner. I made one for my nephew's first birthday last week and I'm sharing it on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing! I've had it pinned for awhile and so glad that I finally made one. :)

Angela, blue i style said...

I loved your banner with the black and white faces and the party hats so much that I based my son's enitre first birthday party around the idea. I used one photo of him from each month of his first year.
I just wanted to stop by to say thanks for the inspiration! If you are interested in seeing how our party turned out, I just blogged about it here: http://www.blueistyle.blogspot.com/2013/02/OneYearInAFlashFirstBirthday.html

kathy said...

I had seen the face banner but forgot that you did them in black and white. I did in colors and think it worked out well too :) A friend of mine did hers individually with conversation bubbles-cute idea also~

Danielle said...

Your baby-face bunting is the cutest thing ever! Thanks for the inspiration! I made one for my daughter using hair-bows and she loved it.

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