I'm not officially a party planner, but I do love to throw parties. As a good hostess (and Southerner) I think everything should be comfortable and nice for all the guests. With that being said, I not only had food and drinks for the smallest guests, but also for the adults.
The Menu: Poppyseed Ham Sandwiches, Cheesy Fingers, Mini Pizzas, Caprese Kabobs, Vegetable Tray with Dip (My Mom made this and it looked so pretty!), Organic Chips and Dip,
"little monkey" hot dogs, bananas, banana pudding, cake pops, cupcakes,
waffle cones with trail mix (these were a big hit!)
The dessert table almost blew away right before guests' arrived so W and I quickly moved it up onto the porch.
My sweet friend Mallory made some banana pudding to go along with the monkey theme. She and her sister Kalee, were also the ones behind the cake pops. Thank you so much to them for working so hard on those cake pops! From what they tell me, the recipe makes it seem much easier than it really is!
This is one of my favorite canvases done by my amazing friend and incredible photographer Jessica. This picture is from his 6 month photo shoot.
The party favors were an assortment of Curious George books.
My blog friend, Gail, made that adorable pillow that was on the bench under the tree. She has a very cute little boutique that you should go check out!
To go with the the childlikeness of the party, I painted the apothecary jars with chalkboard paint and then labeled them with chalk. I liked the way those turned out.
The cake pops were decorated by my friend Tyne. She was so much help to me that morning. When you are having a party, it is always wise to delegate and take people up on their offer to help!
I found this old gum ball machine at a flea market- I think this is going to look cute on a shelf in Foster's room!
Another lesson learned: Print out everything you will need printed in plenty of time. I waited until the last minute to print labels and was having issues with the printer. I was okay with handwriting some of the labels because it was a child's party and it looked more childlike.
Also, labels for food and drinks may not work well for an outdoor party due to the wind. The signs that I had in frames were even blowing down. Due to the wind, I didn't use the card stock labels anyway.
Each of Foster's monthly cake pictures decorated the dessert table. I loved to see how he had grown SO much in just 12 months!
I am no baker. The smash cake was from Publix.
This picture tree was supposed to be a centerpiece on the food tables, but due to the wind I just moved it to the porch. I think everyone really liked looking at Foster's pictures from his first year.
Foster loves to be carried around by Uncle Luke. He is quite spoiled by him for sure!
My friend Mary Kathryn was the official party face painter! A few times during the party she had a long line of children and they were requesting things like "a cowboy!" The face painting was a big hit.
After all the children got their faces painted she was painting the faces of the "big kids!"
Foster was having so much fun with all of his friends at his party. I totally love this look of joy on my little birthday boy's face!
More pictures coming soon!