First Birthday Success!

Peterson-87Last week we celebrated Tyler’s 1st birthday. I set out with the intention of a small party, including only the people I know that love him and have a special place in their heart for him. I didn’t want to invite anyone who would think I just invited them to inflate the guest count or because I wanted them to buy a present (I hate when people do that!)

Well, that little boy must be well loved because my guest list crept up to over 18 people! We had such a fun time celebrating Tyler’s first year of life. I thought I’d share some of the highlights:

Photo Shoot: Earlier in the day, we did the stereotypical cake smash. I was proud of my handiwork (thanks to Pinterest) for the cake and outfit (see previous post) and Tyler looked at cute as can be. Needless to say, like many babies, he wasn’t too interested in smashing the cake but we got some photos to cherish nonetheless.


Food: For the party we went simple. We had burgers and brats that we grilled ahead of time and then threw in the slow cooker (with water and beef bullion to stay tasty). Guests could help themselves to those as well as some salads (pasta, Asian coleslaw, and mixed), watermelon, chips, and jello jigglers (for those little fingers). For the cake, I make some cupcakes so that they were in individual servings already. Tyler enjoyed his second helping of cake (and ice cream) that day.

Presents: Tyler managed to have present overload. So many generous gifts… our living room quickly looked like a daycare center! Tyler had a great time playing with everything!

Photo Montage: I was so proud of my idea to make a video of Tyler. It came to me during the last teacher all-day staff meeting (see I knew those were good for something). I quick threw some photos and songs together that we could play in the background and I have to say, I’m so happy I did this. Not only for the party, but the great lasting memory. My husband has an e-mail address where he sends Tyler e-mails about his life and this will definitely be sent to him. The guests enjoyed seeing photos of Tyler’s first year while eating and conversing, and I received several compliments.

I also have to admit, while I didn’t think of myself as a sappy mom, I bawled like a baby when I watched this for the first time. My baby is all grown up! Here it is for your viewing pleasure as well:

Baby Birthday Book Keepsake: One thing I also had was a book by Dr. Suess for the guests to sign. I think it will be a fun keepsake for Tyler to look back and see who helped him celebrate his first birthday. I got the idea off Pinterest.IMG_4013

Overall, the party was a success and now I have a toddler instead of a baby! I was so happy at how well the party went and thankful to everyone who made Tyler’s day special. And this pregnant momma slept good after all that!

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