Friday, October 21, 2011

Hutton's 1st Birthday Party

The idea of having an airplane-themed birthday party actually started when I was thinking about Keaton's 2nd birthday.  However, when the time came to start planning it was wildly apparent that a train party was in order.  So when it was time to start thinking  about Hutt's 1st birthday the airplane theme popped back in my head.  That's one of the beautiful things about the first birthday party, it's really up to you.  At one year old kids aren't typically into things yet and so, as the parent, you get to decide.  Just one year later, when Keaton turned two, that was all over.

Months before the party I started scouring Etsy for party supplies and when I found these invitations and coordinating accessories by Mary Had a Little Party I instantly fell in love.  Right then, at midnight on a Wednesday while sitting at the dining room table by the light of the computer, plans for a vintage bi-plane 1st birthday party were set in motion.

We started the party with a cook-out type lunch.  Burgers, brats, hot dogs, pasta salad, potato salad, veggie tray, and a fruit bowl, among other things.  And then it was time to strip a certain little boy down for cake.

Before singing to Hutt we had a special practice run for Auntie Kira, who was celebrating her birthday on Hutt's party day.

And then it was time to let him dig in. For Keaton's first birthday I ordered a special cake.  For Hutton's I decided to get the cake topper and coordinating cupcake toppers and make our own cake.  And a smash cake, all for Hutt.

About mid-way though his cake I looked up from next to his highchair and caught the sight of everyone here, helping us celebrate and I felt incredibly blessed. So, I grabbed my camera to snap a shot of the crowd.  Hutton had about 50 family and friends who came over to celebrate his 1st birthday. 

While Hutton enjoyed his cake, he liked sharing it even more.

Following cake we moved into the living room for gifts.

From the mantle I strung a photo banner of one picture from each month of his first year.  I got the idea from Beth at I Should be Folding Laundry - who made one for her son's first birthday party.  It was super, super easy, all you need are your pictures, a hole bunch and some ribbon.  I included a sign in the middle that said "My First Year flew by..."

I have to admit, I ended up opening the majority of Hutton's gifts.  At one year, he just wasn't overly interested in it all and once he opened this ball it was all over.  Ball!  Ball. Ball.  That's all he wanted.  He got so many awesome gifts, balls, trucks, books, and some adorable clothes (Mama especially likes those) and while he might not have been too into opening them, he loves playing with them all now.

After gifts the kids each got an old-fashion glider and got to take a trip through the candy buffet.

While the festivities ended around 3 pm, we had people here celebrating until late into the night.  Which makes it perfect that this post and my thank yous are also coming so late (seriously, I'm only about 1/4 of the way through thank yous, but I am working on them.  Just....slowly.)

Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to help us celebrate, we so appreciate it and appreciate all of you.

A special thanks to our parents, who helped us clean and cook, Amanda, who came two days early to help me get the house in order and cook and bake, and Cas, who so graciously served as my photographer for the day.  The majority of the pictures in this post were taken by CaSondra Shim Photograpy.


MaLinda said...

Looks like it was a fun day. Sorry we missed it.

Gail said...

Oh, Kate! What an adorable idea for a party! And it looks like Hutt enjoyed himself too. Cute!

CLAREW said...

Absolutely adorable! LOVE the picture banner!!!! Happy 1st Hutton!

Em said...

Still so sad we missed his party. Definitely love the theme, and what a brilliant idea to have CaS photograph the whole thing--you have wonderful pictures to keep those memories forever. :)

Wenni Donna said...

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