Friday, May 13, 2011

The Big "B"-day Party! (Part 1)

     Sara Beth had a great first birthday party a couple weekends ago! Even though the weather was drizzly and overcast, I think everyone had a good time. I was just glad it never really rained. That would've been a disaster for this outdoor party. We celebrated at Adam's parents' house on Cross Lake. I'm so grateful they allowed us to take over their home for the weekend! It's beautiful out there! The party was "B" themed (as in the letter B). I did my best to have everything start with B, from the games to the food. The theme came about because we realized that all of Sara Beth's favorite things, and most of her words, start with B. Also, little birds have been a constant theme for her, from my baby shower, to her nursery, and now for her first birthday party. I think it came out really cute! See what you think. . .
I LOVE the invitations! Adam designed them and I wrote the wording. We must be a great team or something!

A fabulous cake by Kathy Cubley, adorable little edible nests made by my mom, and a few handmade touches by me. The pennant banner is made out of felt and ribbon. The birthday hat, which matched her outfit, is repurposed from scrap fabric, ribbon, ruffles, and a Christmas gift box. The SB pictures that hung from the chandelier were from her photo sessions with Nicole Spikes (newborn, 6 months, and 9 months).

The food, play areas, and my favorite part of the party-- a clothesline of pictures, one from each month of her sweet little life.

The Menu: 
Burgers, BBQ chips, Bowtie Pasta Salad, Berry Spinach Salad, Bean Salad (of the Mexican variety), Berry Kabobs, Baby Bites (little food for the kiddos), Beverages (sweet tea, pink lemonade, and water), Birthday Cake, and Birds' Nests


By far, the most popular play area of the day-- Balls. We borrowed Tristen's ball pit and also had other balls to throw and roll around the yard.

The Blocks center--- SB and her cousin played hard after the party. We used some of SB's blocks from home and a wooden set that I found at a consignment store in town.

Ah, the Barrels! Our original idea was for box tunnels, but we didn't have any boxes. We did have these plastic barrels sitting in our backyard though. Adam did a fabulous job converting them into fun tunnels for the party!

To round out the "B" activities, we had a little bounce house (once again borrowed from our friend Tristen) and a bubble table. My attempt at homemade bubble solution was not very successful, so there weren't too many bubbles to be had. It was really messy too! I had pipe cleaners and cookie cutters so the kids could make their own bubble wands. A good idea, in theory. . .



7 comments:

Chris and Stephanie Morris said...

Brandy, what a fun theme! I love that everything was homemade and crafty! The clothes line of pictures is super cute and I love that you had them give a book instead of a toy... great idea!

Jonell Hart said...

The party was perfect! And, YES, you and Adam are a great team!

The Shoemakers said...

That is the cutest birthday party I've ever seen. It looks simple but really creative! If you still have the signs and things I might borrow that idea for Ava's first party :) Wont be long now shes almost 7 months!!

Brandi and Adam Hart said...

Thanks everybody!
Kayla, we threw the signs away since storing them would've been difficult. I'd be glad to share anything else that I still have though.

Jaime said...

Wow! Can't believe you had the time (or energy!) to do all of that. I'm so impressed. Can I hire you to do my kids' parties? Oh wait, I live in Colorado now not Shreveport :( LOVE the pictures!

NANA said...

The perfect girl deserves the perfect party,don't you agree..??

beth said...

this is such a cute theme! so creative and kid centered! love it...
bethkruse.blospot.com

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