andrew’s first birthday party

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Today we had a small first birthday for Andrew.  Each of the  girls got huge first birthday parties with all of our family and friends in attendance.  This time around, however, with our house on the market, and the uncertainty of February weather, we decided to postpone Andrew’s big bash and have an intimate family party to celebrate his first year.  We kept it simple, but I still had fun putting together little details to make the party special.  I gathered ideas and created a board on Pinterest, quickly deciding on a simple balloon theme for his party.  I designed and drew the invitation, baked  cream cheese sugar cookies shaped like balloons {inspiration here!}, and cakes {chocolate with homemade vanilla buttercream for the adults and a homemade low sugar banana cake with cream cheese “frosting” for Andrew’s smash cake}, created a crepe paper garland, a chalkboard paper garland, and put together a banner of all of Andrew’s monthly photos.  I bought some large and regular sized balloons, paper lanterns, and added touches of fun red and white polka dotted tissue paper here and there.  We had a delicious, yet simple dinner of pizza, fresh fruit, green salad, garlic bread, and pasta salad.  We offered fresh lemonade and iced tea to drink with my favorite paper red and white striped straws {now found at Target!}.  It was a fun afternoon, even though our poor little birthday boy is recovering from bronchitis and was cranky off and on all day {I don’t think I got a single smiling photo all day long!}.  He is such a blessing to us, and it was fun to celebrate his first year with our family.

 

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