Who stole my baby?
Seriously. I must have blinked really long because a thief took my infant and left me with a one year old. Who does that sort of thing?! Filthy animal that Father Time. I refuse to work with him anymore.
So in honor of my little man, I did what any loving mother does for their babe’s first birthday…I threw him a party themed after his abundant fake facial hair.
Let me just start out by saying that this was supposed to be the world’s most low key, smallest get-together ever. And then the night before the party, I had a partial anxiety attack because I wondered if Weston would look back at pictures of his first party and compare them to Will’s first birthday party….the farmyard fun that was complete with hayrides and puppet show. As a parent, I never want any of my children to feel like I don’t do as much as I can to celebrate their sheer and utter awesomeness. Us moms overanalyze.
So I stayed up till three a.m. blowing up balloons and hanging streamers. I was in a full party-blitz mode. The next day, when folks got to the party, they were greeted with our grooming station. It’s where they could pick up a ‘mustache on a stick’ or a stick-on version that I scored from the Dollar General. I also asked folks to write their names on a spare paper mustache so that I could make a little art for Weston later…a little piece to commemorate his big day.
We decided to host the party on the first floor (that’s kind of a first for us! It’s crazy convenient to have a basement big enough for entertaining) and I ran with the black n white theme with a splash of green thrown in for fun. Our menu was really simple too…hot dogs, chips and a chili bar. (fun fact…the makers of Will’s paci is Chill Baby and he is very particular about what brand….so “Chili” baby it was for the menu!)
I made his smash cake again….just like I did with Will…but this time we topped it with a chocolate mustache (here’s a link to the mustache mold I used).
One of my favorite things was the mustache brownies. They were actually REALLY simple. I just baked a couple pans of brownies like I would normally and after they cooled, I simply used a cookie cutter to cut out several chocolatey ‘staches.
Overall, I could tell that Weston was really excited about the hotdogs. They are his favorite.
And here is the main man after downing all of his lunch….sans the mo. He still eats a lot of those convenient baby food packs (like the mixed up veggies and applesauce) so he had a dog with his sauce 🙂 Oh and for posterity sake…he calls all food and drink “NANA”…which thrills my mother who goes by Nana to no end.
I was really excited about the cake smash. Will had a great time eating through and destroying his cake so I naturally assumed that Weston would do the same (he’s generally a little bit more hands on when it comes to things…loves knocking things over and throwing food…)
I don’t know if it was the green sugar on top or if it was just too much attention but the kid was totally confused. It’s like he decided that messy wasn’t his thing that day. His hands went in…
He tried the icing at one point….only to lead to a face of utter disgust. It was kind of ironic because this is the same kid that cries if I don’t let him put dirty shoes in his mouth. This same kid will put the grossest things in his mouth if I am not on top of him….only to watch him not eat CAKE. It’s pure irony.
He did like feeding Jeremy and I….which is nothing new…the kid likes feeding others. Will liked kissing other people…Weston wants to give them food.
Some of the boys with their facial hair…I have no idea why but all the kids loved keeping their faces completely stoic when sporting the mustaches. It was actually quite comical.
We played a couple games…like Pin The Stache On the Baby. I printed out a colored picture of Weston (it was really hard for me to find one that was front on without the paci – ha!) at Office Max and then slipped it in a post frame so that the little staches would easily remove.
The kids all really enjoyed it when the stache would end up like a uni-brow or a little black hairdo.
After that we played a little ‘shaving’ game with balloons and shaving cream and razors (we just kept the protective shield on the razor ends).
Little Nicky was the funniest. He tried really hard for ten seconds and then loudly announced that it was too messy.
I figured out half-way through that it was really helpful to have a bucket of water available for rinsing the razor. The kids had a tough time flinging the shaving cream off the ends of the razor but amazingly enough, the balloons got relatively clean. Natalia got the award for the best job….I would trust that girl to do my facial hair anytime 🙂
Then Weston got into the opening of the presents…which translates to a one-year-old as ‘throwing the paper’.
His favorite gift….a couple of balls. Oh the joys of babies.
Afterward we snapped a little family photo and talked about the irony of Movember being our little mustache man’s birthday month. Maybe that means he will work in men’s health awareness! Or cure cancer! I guess we will give him a few more years till we push for that one 🙂 Until then, we will just keep on loving our little guy and celebrating him like the stud he is.
Happy Birthday Baby Weston. I love you more than you will ever know. No matter how big you get…you will always be my Munchkin!
[email protected] says
Most adorable birthday party ever! I love that you turned Weston’s signature look into a party theme.
Jen N. says
Weston and Jeremy’s dad look SO much alike when they smile. Too cute!
What an adorable party Katie! Good work!
Will’s paci brand is Chill Baby? Or Weston’s?
Kim A says
Hey, did it miss it? Did you announce yet what baby #3 is? Loved your theme for Weston’s party.
What is your chili recipe? and did you have anything else along with the chili (sour cream, shredded cheese etc)? My son wants some for his birthday but I have never made chili before…I know, the shame.
Desaree M. says
Such a cute party! Great job!
We did the same for our little man’s first bash. I had so much fun with the theme. Weston’s looked way too cute! BTW…you’re killing me with not spilling the beans on #3 yet. I have 3 boys, 4 years and under, so am dying to know what you’re third is going to be.
You have such an
You have such an adorable family! What a cute first birthday idea. I love the mustache brownies and the mustache on the cake. Too cute!
U compose your posts so well and with a heart.
R u a closet writer reader? Do you read a lot. What sort of books/authors may i ask….
Nice bday party…..quick question…razors…were the kids safe with thm? Great idea though.
And r u having a gal or boy? 😉
Also you need to talk about that mirror in the pic and those brownies look so sweet. 🙂
Andrea Worley says
Happy Birthday to your little man! Mine’s about to turn one as well, it’s horrible.
I love to read…I don’t get to do it enough. I mostly like biographies…especially ones that involve political history (Eleanor Roosevelt, Reagan and Depression era are my favorites). And yes, the kids were safe with them because they were capped 🙂
xo – kb
To be honest, I just follow the recipe on the back of the chili seasoning mix. And yes, we had sour cream and shredded cheese 🙂
xo – kb
Westons! Did I say Will’s? Oops!
xo – kb
Not yet! I scheduled a photoshoot so that we could celebrate #3 with pics (you know me…obsessed with photo-documenting everything)…and so that happens Thursday…so hopefully I can reveal on Monday 🙂
xo – kb
Happy Birthday Weston! Isn’t it crazy how quickly the first birthday sneaks up. I just finished writing about our baby’s first birthday. I love all the personal touches from your ‘stach bash! I think it’ll definitely measure up to the barn yard fun! Good job momma <3
Awesome theme Katie. Some kids party themes can be a bit tacky, this is so unexpected and quirky/cool. Love it.
I was really looking forward to the way you celebrated Weston’s Bday. Both of our second babies actually had the same due date but then Weston decided to hold out longer :0). His Birthday looked so special and I love the theme!! I actually did the monthly photo sessions with my son and his last one was on mustache fabric. How do you come up with these clever ideas! We actually had a noah’s ark type party since my son was born during Storm Sandy last year. I was wondering how big Weston is, he seems like he is growing like a weed!! Happy Birthday sweet boy! (where did that last year go?!)
Brandi @ Nest of Bliss says
What a beautiful family you have! and what a FUN birthday theme!
Lisa P. says
You always go above and beyond for your babies! I admire you! Can’t wait until #3’s reveal!
Emily @ DavenportDIY says
I love this- so cute!! What a great idea 🙂 My little guy just turned one over the weekend and he had a very low key birthday, but we did a smash cupcake. His reaction was very similar to Weston’s (and it’s funny because he also enjoys knocking things over and throwing things, as well as eating shoes)- he was totally grossed out by the frosting and did not want it on his hands. Silly boys.
Love the theme and love your take on it. Weston seems like such a happy baby, always with a big smile on his face. You have a beautiful family!
[email protected] says
Love it!! We celebrated with a mini mustache bash too for my one year old last month!
Melissa….it’s easy to make ~ especially in a crock pot. 😉
Cute cute bday party. Love the brownie stashes!!
That’s an adorable pic of Weston you enlarged. Will you hang it in his room?
Peggy Schomaker says
So clever, so creative! Thanks for sharing your family fun with the your fans!
CUTE party. I really love the “pin the stache”!
I so know what you are talking about with the smash cake! I sometimes make cakes for people and my little girl will try and steal the icing bowls or spoons ( also an occasional chuck from the actual cake!) but as soon as she had HER cake, she put ONE little finger in it and left the rest! I really wanted those fun pictures!!
HAHA that would be chunk not “chuck”!
Love the theme! How appropriate!!!
Probably not since it is such a low quality print…but you get what you pay for right?!
Adorable party!!! But lets talk about your hair for a minute… its gorgeous. Totally Kate Middleton 🙂 How did you get those waves? Is it natural or do you use a curling iron or other?
Whoa that’s a lot of mustache! I can’t believe little baby Weston is already one, time flies!
probably the most adorable birthday party I’ve ever seen!
an on unrelated note: you look so great in all these pictures. i would love to know how you do your hair. i’ve got curls too, but yours look so nice and non-frizzy! 😀
What a cute party! Were you able to continue nursing while pregnant? I’ve always wondered how that works for people!
How fun!! We just had our son’s first birthday party as well, I think he’s a few days younger than Weston. The theme was “dinosaurs” but we mainly just stuck with the colors blue, orange and green… I’m still looking at the decorations as we speak – I love them so much I don’t want to take them down!
And I totally agree with you about someone stealing the baby and replacing them with a toddler… I feel exactly the same way! It’s hard being a Mom! 🙂
courtney C says
I just died looking at the stoic children moustache photo! It looks like one of those old fashioned photographs where everyone looks utterly miserable because, if they so much as grinned, the camera would steal their soul! A sepia/aged copy of this photo framed would be amazing! Great job Katie– your kids are so lucky to have you!
Just natural. I just scrunch with mousse when its wet and that is what happens.
xo – kb
I’m so flattered! I just scrunch it with mousse straight outta the shower and let it dry.
xo – kb
I did for the first ten and a half months but then he quit on me. I am simply proud we made it that long because I’ve heard that some folks have to stop immediately.
xo – kb
Is it Monday yet? 😉
Melissa Maris says
So cute!! I love all the black and white and the mustache brownies killed me! Weston couldn’t look cuter with a little ‘stache on his face. I don’t have kids but if I did, I’d totally steal this idea. 🙂
My son Jack’s 3rd birthday is next week and none of his friends his age can come…so it is all adults and one toddler. Any recommendations for games to play? It is toy story themed. So I was thinking a piñata and pin the parts of mr. potato head? He would be the only one playing but i figured it would still be fun?
What are your thoughts?
X Melissa 🙂
Aww…what a wonderful party for such a cutie-pie!
I *LOVE* the photo of Will pinning his ‘stashe on himself! It looks like his cute little fingers are stuffed right up his cute little nostrils and he’s hangin on like a redneck with fresh roadkill! HA! 🙂
The fun part of only one toddler is that he can get all the attention! I would also try a game that is task related…like have a puzzle distributed among guests and he has to go around asking different people for pieces. Something like that 🙂
This may be one of the most adorable parties ever. Seriously!!! Well done!
I know as mom’s we too often over analyze, but you were right in this case. As the younger child there was a discernible, and noted, drop in everything from picture quantity to party quality between me and my older sister… Maybe boys don’t notice these things like girls, or maybe just I, do but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
I am always up until midnight making the cake, decorations or favours the night before my kids parties… I post about it on Fb and have found that we are not alone!
Love the theme and the related activities – so much fun!
This is definetelly the most creative party theme I have ever seen!!!!
Kisses all the way from Brasil,