We don't normally throw big birthday parties for our children, especially our babies. But, as is the case with everything in Addison's life, his first birthday was much different then the 8 before him.
We didn't get much opportunity to celebrate when he was born and his first year has been filled with so many wonderful blessings to celebrate
We started with just Addison's prayer group on the guest list. But as we talked we just had to include one more person and one more... until Sunday afternoon arrived and we realized there were 62 people surrounding our son. 62 people who in one specific way or another helped him to reach this first year milestone. That is so incredibly humbling!
And what an amazing blessing! Wow! Wow! Wow! Our theme verse for this year is Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
And that is what we wanted to focus on in this celebration, the countless blessings God has given us in and through Addison's life.
People are always asking us how we design and plan an event and all the details which go into it. I thought this would be a good chance to share a little of what is behind planning a fun event. Most of what we do is not necessarily expensive, just a lot of thought and plenty of elbow grease. When we are asked to do an event or when we are hosting a party, we always need a starting point. It is usually just one tiny thing that we start brainstorming on. In the case of Addison's party, I wanted to use the red and turquoise colors a friend had chosen for the prayer and celebration we had for Addison before he was born. From that we were looking for paper to make the invitations and we found an adorable woodland themed package of scrapbook paper at Joann's.
And before you knew it, Addison's first birthday was a woodland themed party. All good parties start with a great invitation. Email or text may be quicker and cheaper but a good invite sets the tone for the celebration ahead. The cricut, some twine, and washi tape and this collaboration, if I do say so myself, was simply fabulous. I love the way it came out. And it was a great way to spend a very cold and rainy Saturday.
We cut burlap into strips for the runners and added moss from eBay.
While we were looking for supplies Brianna came across these adorable woodland outfits so even the kiddos coordinated with our theme.
So the idea is with a little thought you end up with something like this. Usually, I prefer foil balloons for their staying power. But this party just needed good old fashioned latex balloons.
I was so glad the tulips were blooming for his party. The funny thing is, tulips are usually pretty much done by now. However everything is a few weeks behind due to the cold weather. How perfect is our God that He even makes the tulips bloom at just the right moment to bless our lives? (If you don't understand why tulips are so important check it out here.)
Our family has a tradition of sharing praises and blessings for the birthday person. Brianna made this guest book with photos of Addison's first year for guests to share how Addison has blessed them this year and to write their blessings for his next year. The only catch is, I don't think people realized they were supposed to write on the picture pages.
A party can be great but what is even greater is when your guests can reflect on it in the coming weeks and get a smile on their face. We like to always send our guests home with a memento.
Sam dragged this stump up from the woods and it was the perfect place to display the sign to designate which favors were for the kids and which for the adults.A Stitch In Lives.
It doesn't matter how nicely you do things up if you don't have a great guest list. In this case there was our special girl, Madison,
cousins, aunts and uncles
Friends of the big kids
neighbors, and members of our church family
Nathaniel, our map guy, determined there were 5 states represented. Aunt Dawn even drove in from Ohio. Love this photo of Addison and Madison checking out the owl together.
Kaitlin, Aunt Dawn and another friend did face painting for the little ones and the boys made balloon animals.
Every party must have some good food. With Easter and two complete dinners for 60 just two weeks behind us, I decided to keep it simple with just cupcakes and punch. We actually bought the cupcakes from Sam's club. I swear they have the most delicious chocolate cupcakes (must have the chocolate whipped icing) that I have ever tasted. We made them ours by adding green sprinkles to look like grass, mushrooms we made out of fondant, and brown candles to look like little trees.
We were a little concerned that people might want more to eat so when guests asked what they could bring we said, "appetizers." I am guessing since we didn't serve dinner and the last guest didn't leave until midnight, everyone had a good time.
So with all that said, you add one very special boy in his very precious woodland hat
and you end up with one very amazing first birthday celebration!