I know I’ve mentioned it a few times on social media and posted a few pictures, but our baby boy is one!!!!
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??!?!?!?!?!
All year I have said that time is going by too fast.
It’s going to fast.
But a year?! Where did the year go?!
I promise, sometimes, I still can’t believe we conceived. I’m still in the mental state of shock: “We’re pregnant?!” Yes we were pregnant, then he was born, and now he is a year old. I think I’m in complete denial. No, I’ve taken up residence in denial. No, I’m becoming a hoarder in denial…..
It took me for-ev-er to admit that his birthday was coming and that I really needed to get started planning his first birthday party. I just wanted something fun but simple, that celebrated Dutch and all of the people that have prayed for him. I settled on a bee theme and thought a BBQ in the backyard would be great. The Mr. spent weeks getting the backyard ready (trees removed, new doors installed, shed repainted, etc.) I ordered tons of lawn games and a huge bouncy castle. Then Houston had a huge flood……
Back up plan?
Get creative, and have the tables and chairs set up in the garage and leave the bouncy house in the rain. lol
It wasn’t a Pinterest-worthy party, but we didn’t care. Our focus remained on our relationships and those that love on Dutch and pray for him. My sister came to town to celebrate with us and I’m SOOOO glad that she did. She totally pulled the party off for us. And thanks to her we have pictures of the party. She took every single one of these pictures! Thank you Kellyn!
Tips for mamas…..GIVE YOUR CAMERA TO SOMEONE ELSE and ask them to capture the party for you so that you can see everything that you missed while you tried to host! This way you get to enjoy the party and still have pictures for memories.
We had about 40 adults and children at the house and the Mr. smoked a brisket, pork shoulder, and some sausage. I made typical BBQ sides. It was perfect and easy and a great way to celebrate our special honey bee.
I made this invitation for the party, and clearly had too much fun with the bee theme.
Dutch’s “smash cake” was just a cupcake.We selected a new verse to pray over Dutch this year. Through pregnancy and his first year it was Pslam 91:4, and this year we will pray Joshua 1:9 over him. The frame is sitting on his nightstand now, and the previous frame is on the wall.For the polka dot garland, I just used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out black and yellow circles and then I sewed them together (tutorial here) and my sister strung them on the island and from the mantle. Simple and easy decorations.The monthly pictures I took of Dutch were initially very fun, but as he got more and more mobile I began to dread picture day. The pictures were so challenging to take, but I’m glad we stuck with it and had them to look back at his growth for the past year at the party. We actually still have this hanging in the dining room. It’s still his birthday month, so it’s okay, right?Dutch loved his cupcake, but he really didn’t get very messy. I was expecting to have to strip him down and hose him off afterwards, but all I had to do was wipe off his hands and mouth. The party was great but Dutch was so exhausted that presents had to wait until after church the next day. And boy, was this little boy completely spoiled!
We are still celebrating this little boy’s birthday, since it is still his birthday month. The party turned out so much better than I could have imagined, despite all of the rain. I’m glad it was a simple party that focused on the people. No rushing around and just fun.