Thursday, June 2, 2011


Our little Noah bear turned one this weekend and we had a great time celebrating his first year. It was much, much more low key than Connor's first birthday party (here), but it was just as special. There wasn't nearly the theme craziness of Connor's party, but it was great to get to spend more time with the birthday boy instead of worrying about hostess duties, decor, over the top favors, timing and everything else.

May birthdays for first birthdays are tough. We can't do a park because it's a million and one degrees at the end of May. We can't fit all the friends and family into our house comfortably. All the fun birthday places that have parties are a bit too much for a one year old birthday boy to be able to enjoy. My dad lives in a community with several pools and party rental space and it worked great! We got to swim and have the party in the clubhouse so that was perfect.
Although I didn't go theme nutso, there was of course still a theme! We went with...wait for it...BEARS. I know, you're surprised. :)

We decided to have bear snack food like gummi bears, teddy grahams in all the flavors and honeycomb to snack on. ohmygosh, his shirt was absolutely adorable too. I took a plain white shirt to a screenprinter and had them put a bear paw on the front with the number one in the middle. Then we put his name on the back like a jersey and it was perfect. well, it was perfect until the cake. :)

PS - I took a crap ton of pictures of the cake excitement and I know that...but your baby only turns one, well once and I wanted to capture every single bite. I think I may have.

showing off his Bear shirt as my baby walked to me :)

some of the other kiddo partygoers - Jacob, Robert, Connor & Sam

The big cake and Noah's very own cake. Seriously, if you're local and you need a cake please let me know and I'll past along Beefcakes information. It's yummy, super affordable and she can do anything. She did Connor's Toy Story cake last month! She'll do exactly what you imagine too!

Connor looking like a duck blowing out his brother's candle for him!

just getting warmed up...



He was so filthy and coated with cake and frosting when he finally stopped eating. Luckily, the pool has a little shower so Jeffrey hosed him down before he got into the pool. I'm still amazed that all this mess washed out of the shirt!

sticking with the swimming fun for the day all the kids went home with beach balls from Noah to thank them for coming to his party

it was really warm on Noah's bday so I'm so glad we all got to cool off in the pool!


The Neerings Family said...

I think those have got to be the BEST 1st birthday smash cake pics I have EVER seen! Good job, Noah!

Krista said...

You are awesome! I think I will hire you as my party planner. Even your "low key" parties are more put together than my all out parties. :) Also, I am LOVING the cake pictures. I agree - they are the best I have ever seen!

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday, Noah!!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Noah!! I ABSOLUTELY love the cake pics! Seriously, if it wasn't super stalker-sounding I would put it on my fridge. ;)