My nephew is ONE!! It has officially been two weeks since the party, but I had the honor of planning, prepping, decorating, and photographing the event. And let me tell you, it was an EVENT…but who cares if I went a little overboard, he will never be one again!
As you can tell, the theme of the party was “Under the Sea.” The first thing to do was to get together with my sister and hash out the details, which we did about a month and a half before the date of the party. We spent probably an hour or so that day creating a Pinterest board of ideas, from decorations to food to a guest list. She gave me their budget for the party and a week later I delivered a document with the proposed plan, along with the design for the Invitations. I knew that their style was not to have something overtly extravagant but to simply elevate the occasion’s importance.
Laura said something that has stuck with me–First birthdays aren’t just a party. When Joe and I got married, the guests at our wedding were people who had influenced our lives leading up to that day and by inviting them, we were calling them to be witness to the rest of our lives. Similarly, a first birthday is a call to that for Jethro; those who have influenced his first year of life and we hope will be there to see him grow and mentor his life.
That’s what this whole thing was about, so that’s what I wanted the preparations to reflect as well.
This event gave me a chance to serve and I couldn’t have done it all without the help of my family, especially on the day of the party! My mom made both pots of Chili, Laura gathered all of the photos for the banner and the collage wall, and my dad and brother-in-law handed me things while I was up on a ladder for several hours tacking decorations into the ceiling.
The preparation for the party included five different projects–two different banners, the time capsule, sea animal pom-poms, and the collage wall. Stay tuned later this week for How-To posts on the blog. I’ll be sharing my process for the banners and the sea animal pom-poms.
Planning Jethro’s special day was so much fun and he deserved every bit of it and more!