Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Schwartz's vs The Boys 1st Birthday

Many months ago Emily and I decided to have Cody and Henry's first birthday together.  Her in-laws live in Memphis so it made sense for us to do it here.  We won't do all the boys birthdays together but since this is the first we thought we'd make it special.  So I lost my ever loving mind and spent far too much time on pinterest and did one of those over the top parties that I love to look at pictures of but swore I would never do.  And now after doing it, I'm sure I'll never do it again.  But it was a great party and we had a great time so it was well worth it.

 A friend made the adorable invitations but I don't know how to blur out the personal information so I can't put it here.  And I even hand made the envelops that I mailed the invitations out in.  He also made a big poster to put up at the party.  And then he helped me make some smaller signs to line the path to the pavilion.

The rest of the decorations were done by moi.  So let's take a quick peek.
 Alright, so I didn't make Henry's photo garland.
 Tissue paper puffs.  You see them all over pinterest and they are super cute.  I made 18 of them and they got great milages.  1, the looked great hanging in the pavilion but then after the party Cam and Steff decorated Susan's car.  Then she turned around and used them to decorate Cam's car at work the following week.  Puffs, the decoration that keep on giving.
 I wrapped up the flatware.  And you see in the back under the food tent.  I made a watermelon basket. Cute!  I also made some cute cantaloupes and filled them with pineapple balls. Yum!

 This is one party decoration that I'll gladly do again.  It was quick and easy to rewrap water bottles in personalized papers.  And it's totally cute!  

 Cody's photo garland.  I love making these for the party because then I can pull them off the ribbon and slide them into the scrapbook. 
For the party favor we decided to a buffet.  We flipped around and talked about different things and then I decided on Trail Mix.  We had a good mix of things for the grown ups and the kids to stuff their bags with.  

Another thing we decided to do was have a photo booth to make sure we got some great pictures of all the guests.  I have a lot of great friends that put on the props and took some cute pictures.  
 Williams Family.  Mr. W made this AMAZING frame to use!  I love it!
 My teacher girl friends who put up with my crazy and save me from my kids when I'm going nuts.
 Combs family.  I had to pry Sarah out of their family picture.  I think she'd rather live with Jessie.  
 My awesome brother and his family (minus Logan who was at the play ground) drove all the way from Ohio for the boys party.
 My church girl friends who I said, "hey we need to make sure we take a picture together..." Yeah, they waited until I was taking Sarah and Jessie to the potty to take their picture.  Are they trying to tell me something?
 Family Picture
 Nuckolls Family
 Me and Mrs. Christa
 The Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 and Thing 2
Sarah and her best friend Jessie
 Smith Family! 
Schwartz Family

We had a great time.  The park had a wonderful play ground for the kids to play on and lots of space to run around and kick soccer balls and play with the FoxTail.  Chris and his men folk manned the grill and Megan made the most delicious cake.  Everyone had a blast.

 Cake time!  Like I said, my friend Megan from Draper's Catering made the awesome cakes for the party.  They looked great and were very yummy!

Finally Cody and Henry were able to dig into the pile of presents.  Cody got a lot of cute new outfits and some pretty great toys.  He's been quite the happy boy enjoying all of his new things that aren't pink. 

 Chewing on Artoo
 Music table from Auntie Cam!  Now I can really shake my groove thing.
 I'm pretty sure Chris was more excited than Cody about the Star Wars pancake molds.
 Showing Grandpa his new latch puzzle.
 My awesome friends remembered Sarah and slipped a couple of new coloring books and crayons into Cody's gift bags for her.

All in all it was a lot of work but it was all worth it.  We had a wonderful time and it made me realize what great friends and family I have.  It was great to have so many people come out to celebrate with us.  But I am really glad that I don't have to do another big party for the boys for 7 more years.

1 comment:

  1. I dont think it coincidence that your shirt's red and Chris's blue.. U coordinated that, too didn't you?! I love the Dr. Suess theme and how fun to have a double party for the boys. I'm most impressed by the watermelon!! Good job; so fun. OH! And, I would still love to see a Hot Wheels party for Cody, maybe when he's 2?