Do you guys have any idea how stressful it was to narrow down a birthday theme for sweet girl’s 1st birthday? The birthday girl loves Cheerios, and why shouldn’t the guest of honor have her favorite food on the menu at her first birthday party? Thus, the idea of a Cheerios birthday party was born.
The photo shoot for the birthday invitation was loads of fun. Especially when hundreds of Cheerios wound up all over the floor with a crazed dog and a wound-up baby shoveling them into their mouths at record speed.
A few days before the party, a sweet friend of mine helped me craft in the car as we rode together in a van for four hours to a teaching conference last week. We strung Cheerios, cut up Cheerios boxes, fringed crepe paper, and cut ribbons. It’s amazing how much crafting we managed to do on that car ride. This same amiga came over the night before the party to help me hang decorations while the Hubby kept Scooter Britches busy. We set up much of the party decor out on the screened in back porch. It looked so cute out there. It was definitely the look I had in mind when I started planning a Cheerios birthday party.
I don’t care who you are. There isn’t much a 36-inch polka dot balloon can’t fix.
Unfortunately, mother nature decided to amp up the “30% chance of rain” to 100% and crank out a mega storm on Saturday morning. Something crazy happened to one of the rain gutters that runs along the side of our porch. Rain gushed from the gutter straight into the porch! Water was standing on the porch floor, the area rug was soaked as well as many of the decorations. Ugghh! Luckily, the rain cleared up by about noon, and we had two hours to scramble and redo everything by 2 p.m. This meant that I did not have time to fix up the “birthday girl” high chair as I had planned. Nor did her birthday hat get finished.
But all in all, we had a wonderful day. We are so grateful for the wonderful friends and family in SB’s life. She is truly blessed, as are we. Of course, only I would be crazy enough to schedule her first birthday party and her baptism for the same weekend. But it made sense logistically given many of our family members and friends were driving in from two to four hours away.
SB is such a blessed baby to be so loved.
Oh, the sweet little smash cake. Who would have guessed the fate of this beautiful little round of sugary goodness? It wound up on the floor – truly making comedy of the term “smash cake” – before Scooter Britches even got a bite thanks to a mama who clearly needs to learn to double check the high chair tray to ensure it is attached properly.
Cupcake to the rescue!
Cheerios garlands for birds kept little hands busy during the party.
We added a few pops of decor inside the house, too. I bought this fun ribbon garland from one of the artsy bloggers at the Handmade Market at the Arkansas Women Bloggers Conference last month. I just added a few pops of red to coordinate with the theme.
And there ya have it…all the details on our Cheerios birthday party!