It’s party time! This past weekend we celebrated our little guy finally taking the plunge from zero to one with a barnyard birthday party.
The barnyard theme began with the invitations…we actually printed out postcards at Vistaprint (they sent a freebie promo code so all we ended up paying for is shipping)…and the design of the front and back were homemade and then just uploaded. I decided to not let the backside go to waste (we were going to pop these in an envelope anyway so the back wouldn’t be needed for a stamp and address) so I thought it would be cool to include some fun facts about Will’s first year. With a little info update, out of town friends and family could get a little snapshot view into the life of our little boy even if they couldn’t make it to the party.
As for decor, we actually set up a little barnyard on our back patio. Using extra long pallets (that Jeremy dug out of my parent’s neighbor’s dumpster – Thanks Mrs. Castleberry!) and some bales of hay, we set up a little carrale for the little people to run around in.
We used the basement entertainment room for the tables & chairs. Since we were serving lunch, we knew that most of the people would want a place to sit to relax and eat.
As for our centerpieces, I decided to go with a country motif. I mean, I don’t know of many barns in the city, so country seemed to fit our theme. The needlepoint pictures were actually my grandmother’s and I loved the colorful frames paired with the glass jars (I’ve been saving them since Will was born to use as a centerpiece) and wildflowers.
As soon as guests started arriving, we began the tractor rides. Yes, we are that country.
And the adults played cornhole…or bean bag toss…or whatever you want to call it.
We tried to think of activities that Will would actually enjoy. That’s pretty hard when you are dealing with a non-talking baby. Since we knew that he loved being around kids, and he begs to go on tractor rides, we couldn’t think of a better activity.
And yes, this is just a really funny photo of Will.
Here’s the closeup so that you can better appreciate the skrunchy-face. Classic beauty, that one.
I also did a little barnyard cutout for the kiddies to pop their heads into…nothing says barnyard fun like a pig body.
After everyone arrived, we sat down for lunch. I decided the menu would be all Will-approved foods. Chickfila nuggets, fruit salad, mac&cheese, veggies and chips and crackers all made the cut.
Then directly after lunch we started the chicken egg hunt. Sherry was the genius behind this one. She suggested it ages ago and I was so excited about the idea that I kept my eyes peeled for white easter eggs. I actually found some at Hobby Lobby but then when I went back to purchase, they were gone. So I settled for regular easter eggs with a little white plastic spraypaint.
Some of the eggs had special little pieces of paper in them – they were for bigger candies and special prizes.
Then came the egg toss. The craziest thing about this game was the superhuman eggshells. Seriously, those chicken farmers need to lay off them hormones because the eggs would not crack. I say this because Cole can’t catch a cold, and his egg bounced into the woods several times. Finally, we moved the pairs to the tennis courts and it helped them break. But it was seriously laughable.
After the outdoor fun was over (and the Georgia sun was heating up) we pulled everyone inside for a puppet show. We strung up a curtain rod across the doorway from the entertaining area to the vacant kitchenette area and layered a bunch of sheets and table clothes and a few banners for a ‘countrified’ curtain.
Will loves watching sing-a-long videos…basically if the people are singing, he’s all in. And so we knew that he would love this.
My mom and Cole made these crazy heads and my sister ended up being the narrator puppet. Boots (my sister’s special guy friend) did the sound effects and Cole was all the other ‘puppets’.
Since everyone was already inside, we knew that it was the perfect time for cake and ice cream.
I was especially excited about the smash cake. I homemade the cake and cupcakes (and had some help from my extrodinaire sister Nornie…who watches Cupcake Wars a little too much)…
Check out all that color! Love!
Oh and don’t you just love the little toothpick flags and the homemade cupcake stand?
Will loved the fire. Crazy little pyromaniac.
And then came my favorite part….the smashing. At first he was a little timid…but in no time, we saw some flappin’ arms and smeared icing.
He definitely seemed to enjoy it. The only thing I would have done differently is have his sippie cup nearby. The poor little guy was totally thirsty and I completely forgot about it…and finally when I gave it to him, he downed the entire thing of almond milk. This guy will be lucky to reach two without suffering from bouts of dehydration.
At the end of the party, we gave out little wildflower packets with clothespinned thanks to them and little gardening tools for the little ones. They were able to stick them in their goodie bags filled with their ‘chicken’ eggs.
And after a little pressure washing, the newly cleaned Will opened his presents.
We must say that the kid is ridiculously spoiled. Just look at that stack of presents behind him!
And he already got his first powerwheel…Gramps & Grammy got him the baby version…which still goes pretty fast.
I think he preferred to push it for now.
But the other presents were flowing like hair extensions at a Real Housewives convention.
At the end of the day, it was so nice to just kick back and relax…but even more than that…
it was grand to spend some quality time with family…
and of course, spend some time with the leftovers!
Okay – so now for the really funny stuff – wanna see the video of the puppetshow? And do you want to see Will smash his cake? I know you do. Nothing says fun like seeing a baby get too many carbs and watching his mother hover over him trying to take his photo….