Baby J’s First Birthday!!!

So, I’m a tad late posting about my son’s first birthday. *cough* three months *cough* Oops. Well, better late than never, am I right?

Since he was born, I kind of began planning his first birthday. I knew I wanted a Mickey theme, I just wanted to make it affordable. Thanks to Oriental Trading, I was definitely able to keep the cost low, and still have organic hors d’oeuvres! That is a total win-win in my book!

So, here’s the run down. I took to Pinterest for some ideas, and with the help of my beautiful sister (shout out!), we were able to have just about everything I envisioned!

The first thing I planned was what we were going to wear, as well as a smash cake outfit. I made a Mickey head stencil out of cardboard. I put a piece of cardboard in the shirt so the paint wouldn’t bleed through, and put the Mickey stencil on top of the shirt. With a Q-tip, I used red, black, and yellow paint to make the dots around the stencil. Once that was dry, I made a stencil saying “Mommy” and “Daddy” to put in the middle of the Mickey head. For the birthday boy, I found this adorable onesie at Target for $3 on the sale rack! I was so happy with that find!

Next comes the decor. I was so happy with how this turned out!

I drew Mickey heads as a hopscotch for the kids to play on as they walked up to the front door. All of my nephews (and a couple adult friends) weren’t expecting it, but loved it!

This was the main party room. I bought the giant Mickey with my own money when I was 7 years old from the Disney store. It’s still in perfect condition, and I was so glad I still had it! The cupcake stand was just a regular white, foam stand. I painted it to match Mickey colors! I found the placemats, table cloths, utensils, and streamers at Dollar Tree. I couldn’t believe they had Mickey stuff!

I made both chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. It was the first time I had tried those recipes, but they were so delicious. This was also my first time making a vanilla buttercream frosting, and that was soooooo good.

My sister helped me with the streamer wall. This was one of my favorite parts, and one of the biggest hits! It was the perfect addition to the party. I also used spare table cloths, paper plates, and construction paper to decorate the high chair. We used extra streamers for the tray too. The only problem I had with it was the ears that kept falling off. If I had more time, I would have tried to figure out a better way for them to stay on. Although, birthday boy looked so cute I don’t think anyone even noticed. Ha!

Here is my boy in his smash cake outfit! I found the outfit from here on Etsy. The shops outfits are made to order, so it should be ordered well in advance to make sure it arrives on time. 

He had frosting everywhere, and was so tired at this point!

He had a Mickey mouse shaped smash cake. I’ll do another post of the recipe. He actually really liked it! 

Family picture!!!! Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of opening presents. My designated photographer was MIA!

The next day, daddy and babe put together some birthday toys, and had so much fun doing it!

After the birthday craziness died down, hubs and I sat down that night and went through Baby J’s birth and newborn photos. I cannot get enough of them. Our birth photographers created a beautiful video slideshow for us and it brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. Watching the moment from where you go from just a girl to a mother, your husband going from just a guy to a father, the moment you both become parents. It’s absolutely amazing. It’s indescribable! Here are a couple moments from that amazing day.

Happy Birthday, sweet boy! Mommy and daddy love you so much!

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