Baby’s First Birthday

Gage turned 1 on Sunday. I can hardly believe an entire year has passed. I know every mom says that it “feels like yesterday”… but it really, really does.

My plan was to have a low-key party for him. Mostly family and really no big deal. 2 weeks before the party, that all changed. I ended up with almost 40 people in my house for his party.

It was SUCH a great day. Gage wasn’t so thrilled about having 40 people watching him blow out his candles, and he absolutely refused to touch his cake, but he loved opening presents and being passed from person to person.

I was thrilled with how everything turned out. The decorations were my favorite part:

And look how sweet his cake was:

Too bad THIS is what ended up happening when we tried to feed him the cake:

But, that’s ok. It meant *I* got some of his cake. 🙂

If you want to see all the pictures I took at the party, you can see them here: Gage’s 1st Birthday

To close out the post, I’ll share my handsome 1 year old boy with you all:

Birthday Party Ideas: Pinterest Style

Since Gage’s first birthday is coming up next month, I’ve been using every spare moment to scour Pinterest for some birthday party ideas.

I’m not going over the top. I never have with any of the kids on their first birthday.

jungle cakeWhy?

Because they’re just not that into it. They couldn’t care less about the presents, the decorations, or any of the hoo-ha. {Is that a word?} BUT, next year, when Gage turns 2, I’ll be singing a different song. I always tend to go a little overboard for the second birthday. Not sure why, but 2 has been my favorite birthday for each of my kids.

Anyway, I’m having a small party at my house on Gage’s birthday. Only family and our closest friends will be invited. I worked out the menu this week with hubby, and I’m talking with my dear friend Melissa of Melissa’s Custom Cakes & Goodies about the cake. All I’m going to say is that it’s going to be adorable. And definitely not over the top.

I’m doing a Monkey theme for his party. {Of course! Would anyone expect anything else?} And the colors will be Navy Blue and browns. It’s going to be awesome.

As I was scouring Pinterest, though, I came across some of the coolest cakes. Each of the kids {aside from Gage} have picked out their birthday cakes for this year. {So, get your ovens ready, Melissa. Come July, I’ll have 1 – 2 cake orders per month for you until October.} 🙂

I started a new board on Pinterest called “Birthday Party Ideas for the Kids.” You can follow it if you’re looking for ideas. I’m certain I’ll be pinning a million more things to it over the next few weeks.

I also wanted to share some of my favorite pins from that board:

Got any more monkey-themed party ideas for me? Whether you’ve pinned them, posted them on your blog, or just happened across them on the world wide web, I’d love it if you’d share them with me!