March 30, 2009

First Birthday Party Recap

So much to write about! It was a wonderful party, and actually the first one that Mr. Geek and I have hosted in our house. Everyone had a great time, including the birthday boy, whom I thought would be overwhelmed by all of the activity.

I decorated on Friday, hanging up the banner, as you see below. I thought it looked great, and will be bringing it out every year, and maybe again in the summer for Mr. Geek's birthday.
I also decorated the high chair with a paper banner, but that didn't last beyond the cake. And there's the bib I made, which I showed you a few posts ago.
We had flowers, even though it was a boy's party, it was still a special day for mama too!
I wanted to hang crepe paper from the ceiling, like a red/white striped tent, but we were out of tape and I was too tired to do it. I did weave some (messily) along with ribbon through our stair railing...
...and hung up more paper banners throughout the kitchen and living room. I've saved these for future use too.I may have mentioned that I loosely worked with a circus theme, so I thought some boxes of popcorn would be cute. I set up the snacks on the dresser in the living room.In the kitchen, where the real goodies were, the star of the show was my mother-in-law's beautiful cupcakes, including the giant cupcake which we all go nuts over.
I also made the favor bags, as seen on the left in the wire basket. I packaged together animal crackers, M&Ms, and other cookies.She made not only chocolate and vanilla ones, but carrot too, which is Mr. Geek's favorite. Fortunately, my niece's birthday party is this coming Saturday, so we'll get to have cupcakes all over again. We also had a Carvel ice cream cake, which is a tradition in my family. And SoJo loves his ice cream.

I made veggie hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls. They were yummy, especially for the vegetarians at the party. Soooo easy to make.
I should have taken some shots of the counter on the other side of the room. I made some macaroni and cheese in the crock pot, and we also had baked beans, my mom's barbecue, quinoa salad (made by Shana and super-yummy!), cheese, veggies, etc. We were drowning in food...and beer!

The moment you've all been waiting for! Sojo's first bite of cake!
He enjoyed it, after snuffing out the lit candle with his fingers (I'll post the video later), he dug into the cake. Mr. Geek and I still laugh at how he was rubbing the icing in his hands like it was hand lotion. Of course it ended up on his bib overalls, which were handed down to us from Jasper and Naomi. Everyone thought they were so cute Naomi!
Post-cake sugar-letdown
Looking sleepy with Uncle JeffOn to the presents! He got some nice stuff, including many trucks and tractors. No school buses, though, which are his favorite since the bus stops right outside our house each morning. He always runs to see it.
All in all, it was a wonderful day, and we're thankful to everyone who came to celebrate with us.


  1. I knew those overalls would be super cute on SoJo! He looks so handsome. What a gorgeous party, too. Love all the decorations you made and all the food... Bob and I were discussing whether or not there needs to be beer at kids parties. We thought yes, indeed, too. It makes the daddies more inclined to get down on all fours and play... ha!

    Happy Birthday, Soren! You are getting to be such a big boy!!!

  2. Here via ML!

    Love all the party pics, you did a fantastic job decorating! I especially love the paper banners and that bib is so stinkin adorable!

    Very nice job indeed :)

  3. Wow, everything looks fantastic!

  4. You did a GREAT job with his party!! Everything looked so adorable! :)

  5. I'm was hoping you would post the recap soon! :)
    What a beautiful party, Kathleen, you did a fabulous job. And what a great idea with the veggie pigs in a blanket! So easy! I will have to try that when I have a need. I love veggie dogs. I mean, I have to stop myself from eating like 3 in one day because they have tons of sodium (don't look at the label, it will ruin your day).
    Soren made out like a bandit with his prezzies!
    And I do have cupcake envy!
    Well done :)

  6. Oh my goodness. That mother in law is one you want to hang onto girlfriend. Everything looks very sweet and it sure looks like there was enough food for everyone.
    Happy Birthday Soren, has it been a whole year?

  7. What a cute looking party! I want to hire your MIL for all my future parties, such an awesome job!

  8. Everything looks wonderful and the cupcakes look delicious. You are one kick ass party planner. Can you plan my twins party in May? lol.

  9. Wow, that looks like a lot of work, but well worth it! I love that birthday banner, how cute. I saw the tutorial you had, but it was nice to see it hanging up.

  10. Kathleen,
    You did a beautiful job! Will you set up a party for me? Everything looks wonderful and I imagine everyone had a wonderful time. I adore the gianatic Birthday Cupcake and Soren looked Adorable! Great photos, beautiful memories. You are amasing.

  11. Oh my goodness. How cute everything looks ! Great job...happy belated birthday Soren

  12. I love the birthday banner and indeed would use it a long time.

    Gosh cupcakes! YUM!

    Please share the veggie hot dog recipe :)

    Look at him and that cupcake. Gahh he is too cute!

    My kids can't get enough of the school buses too! They run all over the house to see them.

    That was a great party. I'm hiring you. You da mom!

    Gosh cupcakes! yum oh I said that already. lol

  13. Your kiddo is a cutie =)

    Happy 1st Birthday!


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