I think that picture says it all. Sawyer’s birthday party was definitely a success. Everyone had lots of fun, and he didn’t cry- perfect! We had barbecue, lots of delicious food, cake and a soft serve ice cream machine, corn hole, a throwing/tarp game I made that you’ll see pictures of, and lots of family and friends there to enjoy. It rained a little on our parade but nobody let that slow them down and it was the perfect outdoor first birthday party! Sawyer’s favorite parts were the cake and a little lawn mower that my brother gave him. He has played with that thing for hours it seems like!
This tarp game was so quick and easy to make, and provided two hours of entertainment for the kids and adults alike. I just traced cookie sheets and cut around them, it could have looked a lot prettier but it served it’s purpose. We hung it from two trees and put a big bucket with a bunch of different kinds of balls next to it. The scores were pretty arbitrary and it turns out the top middle one should have been worth the most, but it was really fun watching the kids try and make any of the holes, and see the men get competitive and creative trying to beat each other.
Now for the cake smashing pictures. These could be an entire post in their own, he loved it! Went right in for the frosting and never stopped.
So while everyone else in the world seemed to have their TV’s on the Oscar’s yesterday, those of us down South were excited for a very different and more exciting television event- the Daytona 500 Shootout! Honestly, I didn’t even know the Oscar’s were going to be on until the day before, but my family has been planning to get together for the first race of the season since the season ended last fall. We love to get together and have huge family dinner’s Duck Dynasty style, but I would venture to say our NASCAR kick-off party may be the best party we have each year (and that very well may be because it is also thrown in honor of my birthday which is always within a few days of the race). We kick it country, light up the grill, heat up the deep fryers, and break out the moon pies. I mean, it’s NASCAR ya’ll. This is like Thanksgiving in the spring for us, only difference is everything is fried. I think I gained back all of the weight I’ve lost in one afternoon. I’d love to think that this is different than our average Sunday dinner but let’s be for real- we love our deep fried food down south.
All the guys care about is the race and the food. And if you are curious as to what I wear (’cause goodness knows a Southern girl can rock a NASCAR party just as well as she can a formal) here ya go:
Michele’s baby shower was one of the cutest showers I have ever gotten the pleasure of working on. We decided to do a vintage book/abc theme and it came out great!!! When it was decided that it would be at our church building, I thought the vintage abc’s and book theme would be great because we could work with the big old chalkboard. If you are using a room with a chalkboard for a party, an abc or book theme is perfect because it takes something out of place and makes it the centerpiece for the entire party!
The sign in table had a baby book for guest to put their well wishes for the baby in
Each table had a stack of vintage and classic baby books. Some also had vintage baby toys and alphabet blocks.
I made the garlands from pages from vintage children’s books and a vintage dictionary I got at the goodwill. These were really easy to make and added a lot! I used the pages of the children’s book to also cover the ugly bulletin boards. It made the room look much more personalized, you can’t tell nearly as much that we’re in a room at our church! The food was amazing. I was not in charge of the food, and I’m so glad I wasn’t- it came out so much better than anything I can do!
Putting your tables in a "U" shape makes it so you can fit twice as many people at the food table and gives the room much more movement than a straight table pushed against a wall. We made the cake the centerpiece of the food so it’d be the first thing you see. The food table also had vintage baby books, vintage milk bottles, and flowers.
The cake was so cute and so good! I didn’t make this either, Michele’s mother-in-law did. I love that she used her son’s favorite books as a kid and put the baby’s name on the book to the right. Even that wooden surface it’s sitting on is fondant- can you believe that?
I loved getting to help with Michele’s shower and spoil Baby Nolan! Hope you liked it too!