Phheeeeeeeeew! The 1st party bash is over. I can't believe it! I spent so much time thinking and planning (Thanks Pinterest!!!) and now it's all history. I think everyone had a blast and we got tons of complements on the decorations and food. Thanks to our family and all their help, especially my mom and Megan for watching Logan so I could get everything done. :-)
Anyone who knows me, knows I love my budget, and this party was no exception. We have thrown parties before, and food is expensive!
(I apologize for the crappy photos, I was in a constant rush that day and forgot that the auto-focus on the kit lens no longer works. That on top of the bad lighting in our house, but you get the idea)
The color scheme was green, yellow and orange to give a jungle-ish feel.
We hung streamers across the ceiling in the dining and living rooms, and I strung balloons on string and hung them up in the windows of both rooms too. It's amazing how something as simple (and cheap!) as streamers and balloons can transform a room into a party! I bought a pack of green balloon and a pack of orange, and spent a few minutes everyday over the week taking a Sharpie to the orange balloons so they had a tiger-esque feel to them.
|The dining room mid-setup|
|"L" wall decor from pics of Logan's 1st year|
|"1" well decor from pics of Logan's 1st year|
|Happy Birthday banner, "Logan" train and more photos!|
|Simple living room decorations with streamers and balloons|
|Photos from his monthly photo shoot|
The party started at 2pm not only because Logan would be up and ready to go after his nap, but then we wouldn't have to worry about providing a meal for 30+ people. Could that be called cheap? Yes. But realistically, do you know how much that would cost?!?!? I think we had a pretty solid menu for the guest...
We had: Wings "Parrot wings", Pigs "Boars" in a blanket, Pasta Salad "Monkey Brains", Bean Salad "Jungle Droppings", Veggies and hummus "Hungry Hippo Dip", "Gorilla" Grapes, Trail "Safari" Mix, Cheese and Crackers, Dark Chocolate and Yogurt covered pretzels, Dirt Dessert and Cake/Cupcakes.
|Safari mix and "zebra" pretzels (dark chocolate and yogurt)|
|Hungry Hippo Dip|
|Boars in a Blanket|
|Peanut butter and dark chocolate cupcakes!|
|Dirt Dessert... a huge hit!|
|Jungle Juice (pineapple juice and ginger ale)|
|Monkey Brains...with the parrot wings in the background|
|Cheese and crackers...attempting to look like a lion mane|
|"I got this mom!"|
|Opening from his little rocking chair|
|The bag was too big and he had to crawl in to pull out the last of the gifts!|
|The wagon was a huge hit and he was kind enough to share with his cousin...|
|Of course that meant he got his turn then too :-)|
|I didn't realize until later, but he had his lip stuck out for the longest time! Guess opening takes concentration|
|The amazing monkey cake!|
Edit: Here's the link to how he made the cake!
|The hat didn't last...I had to hold it on...|
|Hmm...I can poke it...|
|Trying an ear|
|Okay guys, I think I got this now|
|Two hands work faster|
|Shoveling it in|
Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate his special day!!!