In case you haven’t noticed, Alex turned 1 last week and we’re super excited. On Saturday we had a great little Go, Dog. Go! themed party. If you don’t know PD Eastman, you should check out his books. They were some of my favourite growing up. Alex likes them too and we all love a good party. Here’s our recipe for success.
It was 100% chance of rain on Saturday, so I knew I had to bring spring indoors with lots of bright colours and fresh flowers. I proudly put our favourite photos of Alex on display and did a quick de-cluttering of toys, making sure that all his favourites were out. With one pack of multi-coloured tissue paper, I made a super festive ‘A’ and loads of poms to jazz up the boring light fixture. We have a cute dotty garland from Nate’s 1st birthday, so I printed out pictures from his invite (adopted from the book) and attached with blue tac.
I think cupcakes are the best for parties with little kids because it’s portion controlled and it makes it easy if someone has to leave early or arrives late. These were carrot cake with sugar free cream cheese icing. Delicious. I also make cheese crackers and meringue with sprinkles. We also served lots of fresh fruit because its delicious, pretty and kid friendly. We always end up with a lot of soda we don’t want after parties, so this time we decided to serve water infused with fresh fruit (citrus fruits & raspberry-lime). It was so delicious and a nice change. Nate drank a litre easily because it was pink water.
Alex has pretty much everything he could ever want and more, so we decided to get him a collection of Alex-based gifts: a name puzzle, Baby Alexander (he’s Peppa’s cousin) and Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (I loved this book so much as a kid). His uncle brought him a giant balloon that was quickly adopted by Nate and we gave all our little guests copies of the book we based the party on.
Bow-ties are not optional.
Everyone else may get cupcakes, but Alex got his own two-tiered cake to destroy. You only get one first birthday and I love a good ole cake-face photo. This is what being a parent is all about: cutting grapes in half and keeping all salt, sugar, chemicals away from them for 365 days and then going nuts on their birthday. Live it up little man.
Toys everywhere and an exhausted baby boy (and parents). Time to put on the kettle and put our feet up until a certain little boy turns 3 in August!