Genevieve turned one on August 6th 2015 and we celebrated with her, our friends, and our family on Saturday August 8th. We hosted a “You Are My Sunshine” themed party at our house. Our original plan was to primarily host everyone outside, but the day turned out to be extra hot – even for Arkansas, so for the most part we visited in the living room.
*Party Overview and planning details are at the end of the post*
We decorated in yellow, orange, and grey. Decorations included lemons, yellow flowers, tissue paper balls and flowers, pictures of Genevieve, plastic table cloths, streamers, an “All About Me” sign, and birthday banners.
The mantle served as the gift table and I decorated it with a handmade 5×7 picture banner of Genevieve during each month of her life. The kitchen bar was decorated with silk flowers in a vase lined with yellow paper. This is were we served lunch. The dinning room table was decorated with party hats and used a Dollar Store highchair cover and balloons to indicate where Genevieve would taste her cake. There was also a banner in the window that had her name, “Genevieve” on it. This banner matched a coordinating banner saying “Happy 1st Birthday” that strung across the doorway separating the kitchen and living room. The cake table featured lemonade, hard candies, a “You Are My Sunshine” sign, cakes, napkins, cups, and utensils in the featured colors – as well as the cupcakes for the guests and Genevieve’s cake. The living room was decorated in streamers of yellow, pink, orange and grey. We also added a sign featuring facts about Genevieve. The party favors were packaged in small plastic buckets with tied on tags (matching the birthday banners) and included popcorn, sand forms, bubbles, and sunglasses.
The cupcakes and cake were made by 3rd and Main Street Sweets, a local bakery. Julie, the owner was wonderful to work with and she didnt bat an eye at my request for a low sugar cake sweetened with applesauce.
Genevieve was asleep when the guests started arriving, but she woke not long after and was able to make her grand entrance down the hallway in her yellow tutu birthday outfit. She had just started walking a couple of days before her party!
I worked hard (with a lot of help from my Aunt Kay!) to make the house festive for the event and then I played hostess while Michael cooked everyone lunch. We had a huge spread of hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit, veggies, chips, and dip!
She wasnt really sure what to think about the cake. She tasted some of the icing, but wasnt interested in eating the cake at all. She was very generous though – she tried to feed it to mom and dad!
All the guests that came to celebrate the day with us were so wonderful! I am so thankful that Genevieve has so many friends and family to love and cherish her! There were lots of adults, but several kids too which was extra special because she LOVES playing with other kids! We really hope to make a good effort at staying involved with our friends, not only for our own social needs, but because we want Genevieve to have a chance to foster some long term friendships from the very beginning!
…And, Oh Boy! The presents! She didnt need the presents, but we all appreciate the thought and love that was put into each gift and she loved opening the packages!
Note: Look for an up-coming post about our 1st Birthday Photo Shoot Adventure!
First Birthday Party Theme: “You Are My Sunshine”
Colors: Yellow, Orange, Pink, Grey
Cake and Cupcakes: Yellow Ombre from 3rd and Main St. Sweets
Banners and Favor Tags (and coloring page not pictured): Design Dyer
High Chair Cover: Dollar Tree
Lemon Sign: Hobby Lobby
Cupcake and Cake Stand: Home Goods
Party Hat: Kutie Bowtuties
Shirt Embroidery: Baby Squishy Cheeks
Shoes: Children’s Place
Bloomers (not pictured): PJ Quilts
“All About Me” Poster: Pokeys Pretty Parties (printed at Walgreens on foam board)
Invitations (not pictured): MischiCreative