So C turned one last week 🙁 Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy about it…but as all mothers can relate, it’s bittersweet! Especially since I look at him now and he just looks older. He’s not this itty bitty baby anymore…he’s turning into a true toddler. He just looks so big! And that’s saying a lot since he’s in the 5th percentile for height and isn’t even on the charts for weight, haha!
Hubby is currently stationed in Virginia, so we’re about 5 hours from my hometown in Pennsylvania. Since it’s rare for us to be so close I figured I would have C’s 1st birthday party up there so they could join in the celebration. Since we were in Kansas when J turned 1 and none of our family members could make it out, I decided to take advantage of it and throw the exact same birthday party for C as I did for J: dogs!
I used the same Etsy seller, PlanB Designs, for C’s invitation:The food was served in dog bowls I picked up from the Dollar Tree for J’s party 4 years ago.To drink I whipped up Belle of the Kitchen‘s absolutely delicious Watermelon Lemonade (which was a huge hit! I doubled the recipe and all of it was gone by the time the party was over!). To eat we had Puppy Chow (just the recipe off of the back of the cereal box. No reason to mess with perfection 😉 ),raw carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers and broccoli with Vegetable Dill Dipand strawberries, watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe with Fruit Dip (easiest recipe ever: just two ingredients!). I used a dog bone cookie cutter to cut the watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew to match the theme!
We also served hot dogs with all of the fixin’s.
Having experience with decorating cupcakes that didn’t go so well in the past, I wanted to stick with something simple. I found this cute pin for dog cupcakes and did my best to replicate it.I didn’t want to decorate them all the same, so I found a second pin that I liked, this one. This replication didn’t turn out nearly as well. Sigh. Serves me right for trying to make things more complicated than necessary. But these cupcakes still turned out loads better than the ones I decorated for J’s Farm Birthday Party when she turned 2.I still shudder every time I look at that picture. They looked so easy!!
Since I learned that C really wasn’t into cake at his Cake Smash photo shoot I kept this cake simple. I used a box cake mix and canned frosting. I still made it in the 6 inch cake pan I have, but I used a giant dog bone cookie cutter so it was about half the size of the last cake. I threw some frosting on top, outlined the bone with a store bought tube of icing, stuck the candle in, and voila, fini!
I kept the decorations pretty simple. I bought tablecloths, silverware and plates from the Dollar Tree in dark blue, bright blue and teal to match the invitation colors. I also picked up a bag of balloons from there and blew up just the matching colors.I used my amazing Silhouette to cut large dog bones out of dark blue, bright blue, teal and lime green cardstock to match my colors. I also had it cut out all of the letters for “Happy Birthday Carter” and “One” out of the same cardstock colors. I peeled the letters off, glued a letter onto a dog bone, punched two holes in the top and weaved balloon string through the holes to make the two banners.There was a random balloon-animal-type balloon in the bag, so my sister had the brilliant idea to blow it up and form it into the letter C! Loved it!
The party was held in my father’s garage. Super long story, but basically the garage is bigger than the house they live in. And even though there’s a ton of space inside, at the end of the day it’s still a garage, which means it’s not exactly ideal for pictures. To help remedy that we hung up an extra tablecloth on the bay door and laid down an orange blanket I happened to find that matched his birthday outfit perfectly! We figured he could do his cake smash and open presents there. That way the pictures wouldn’t look as bad.
Final touch: helium birthday balloons from Party City tied to some Kongs as a centerpiece. Even though I paid the extra 15 cents for helium for 18-36 hours, the teal balloon only made it about 10 hours before it bit it. I paid $1.35 plus tax for that one balloon…I was going to display it dammit!The centerpieces for J’s dog party were much nicer. I picked up dog toys and rawhides from the Dollar Tree, but I just didn’t care enough this time around to go into that much detail.
I also cut out a “1” from posterboard and taped a bunch of pictures from C’s first year. Unfortunately we couldn’t find anywhere good to hang it, so I ended up just leaving it laying on one of the tables. Whoops.
And the cake smash went MUCH better this time. Figures, the little sh*t!
The only bad part? C got his first fat lip 🙁
Other than that, the party was a success! Woof woof!