OMG!!! Hold the phone!! I finally have a new blog post. Yes, life has gotten a bit overwhelming lately but my little man has some sort of routine now. He finally goes to bed around 9-ish giving me a couple hours of “me” time. Hopefully, I can blog more often. I have so many things I learned in the past few months being a new mom. Also, I may edit this I am sure I have some typos because its 2am already! I just decided to start typing.
I just wanted to post about Luke’s first birthday at least before his second birthday hahaha
I was searching and searching for a cool party theme. Honestly, I cannot really say that he has a clear cut favourite show or character. He can’t really talk yet so what if he doesn’t really like something? Plus, I was thinking to myself that this may be the only chance for me to theme a party that he doesn’t get to pick you know what I am saying?🙂 I kinda find the character parties cheesy.
I am sure in a year or two he will ask if he can have a “insert kiddie cartoon here” party.
So, after googling interesting first birthday parties I decided to have a “Little Man” party because after all Lucas is my little man.
I started planning in April for his June 7th party. I booked the venue only 2 months in advance so I wasn’t able to get his actual birthday, but that’s okay cause his birthday was on a weekday anyway. On his actual birthday we just celebrated at home. We took him on his first bike ride and went to the park. His Lala (lola/grandma) made some Black Paella for the family and I made mini Veggie Paella for Lucas. He loved it. I also baked him a 4″ eggless banana cake with whipped topping icing.
Before the Plate Chaos Luke’s Little Veggie Paella
The Yummy Paella Negra
The Little 4″ eggless Cake.. I kind of laugh when I look at it!
It looks like a kid made it, but it is so hard to spread
whipped cream that doesn’t have icing sugar in it!
For The Party
I wanted everything to be Unique, Homemade and DIY as much as possible.
It took a little time over several days but I think everything came out pretty good.
We had it at the WFCU Centre. It is a giant sports complex in the city. There are concerts there too sometimes.
This was the “greeting table”. It had some activities for the kids.
I loved this idea I found on Pintrest where you fill out a “time capsule card” for Lucas to read when he is 18. We printed these on 4X6 photos and had people write on them with Sharpies.
I made the cards look like this:
And I made another one for Birthday Wishes to Luke for his album:
For the Kids we had Little Man Party favours. I was sooo happy to find the stick on moustaches, the party hat fedoras, and the nerdy glasses.
I had this little activity where they could colour their own bow tie and wear it during the party.
I also wanted a simple yet quirky birthday banner so I just designed one myself.
I also made this Lucas welcome banner with random facts about him for the welcome table.
We edited the actual printed banner though because at the party he had 8 teeth!
I hand made these centrepieces…I had no idea what I was doing but I think they came out good too!
The tables looked like this. I wish I had a close up of the plates. I wrapped the forks and spoons inside those little napkin bows. It was super kyoooot! And of course I had to get those place mats and moustaches for the straws.
The most coveted table!!! The prize table🙂 And the bags to the right were the loot bags. Too bad I didn’t take a photo of the stuff in the loot bags or should I say.. the “stache” bags lol But it was a bunch of moustache themed stuff.
Here are the double chocolate cupcakes I baked. Can you believe that I used Luke’s old formula and snack cans to make the stand? I wanted it to look sort of rustic. My mom actually bought this cute cupcake holder I should have used too but I really loved the DIY.
Also part of the dessert table were these “dirt cups” made with almond milk pudding and oreos.
On to the Food! We had a total of 12 dishes along with fruit and a make your own sundae station. This was the middle of the buffet. We actually needed three buffet tables. I made the “LUCAS” out of paper mache. Thanks to Lucas’ Lala for helping me cover and paint them.
More food! I didn’t get a shot of the make your own mini burgers and the handmade mini pizzas Martina and I made. We had BBQ Chicken (like the CPK kind) and regular mini pepperoni.
This is the Cake I baked and decorated with Martina at 1am. Hahaha! It was my very first fondant cake ever. It was really fun doing it with Martina because we made our own fondant from scratch. I could have not done it without her. I know it kinda looks like a kid made it. It was funny because we didn’t plan out the colours or design. We just went with whatever!:) I figured out the “noob” mistake I made. I should have made just the bottom part cake and the top part styro….the whole thing was made out of cake!!!
I loved all the signs I made for each area of the party.🙂
I gave re-usable bags to the moms with these little gift tags on them:
(The last three I found on pintrest and just printed)
Everything didn’t turn out exactly the way I planned it but it was pretty good. I couldn’t have done it without Lucas’ Papa, Lala, Lola (sending things from the Philippines), Lolo & Tito Bobo helped carry things in for set up, Ate Emmylou, Ninang Klaudia and Nanay Del who helped me set up when we got there. Special mention to Martina because I couldn’t have cooked all those dishes without her help, especially the cake. I am so glad she came from Kentucky. For those family and friends who weren’t there, I really wish you all were🙂
The kids loved the games the most I think. We had pin the moustache on the face along with 7 other games.. including a moustache piñata filled with mini chocolates🙂
Stay tuned for the rest of the pictures. Our 16GB SD card is lost. I am mini-panicing because those were the only other pictures we had of the party. The pictures I am posting now are all from my sister. I am so glad she took photos! Hope we find it soon. It had some video and pictures of all the kids looking like cute mobsters wearing their party favours, playing the games and what not. Ugh. Got to think positive! We will find it. We will find it…
I was hoping to have his birthday in Manila. It just couldn’t happen this year. I am still prepping Lucas to be ready for the long haul flight.. He does NOT have the patience to do it right now. Trust me…hahaha It would have been so much easier. Just a few beep boop beeps on your phone and you can order and have set up the cutest things and the cutest vendors…But, this DIY made it all the more meaningful to me.🙂
I received some e-mails from some readers asking for more posts hahaha! It motivated me to write more and I am planning (fingers crossed) to get on it asap. Thanks so much for your thoughts! It is UBER appreciated. If you want to know more about the nitty gritty of the DIY moustache party do let me know.🙂 You can probably tell in my photo I only had 4 hours of sleep the night before but it was SO-worth it.
Next on MOMVSBABY.COM: What’s in my diaper bag(s)? Aka What I lug along in preparation for any type of baby related disaster!🙂
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