It’s a Bee-day! I’ve already shared with you my sappy heart about my babies turning one, and I’ve shared with you the inspiration for their birthday… so what’s left but the party!? This past weekend we invited some close friends and family to celebrate with us. We took the bumble bee theme and ran with it, and I love how it turned out! I’ve talked before about how bad I am at taking pictures at parties (I just want to party!), so this time I didn’t even bother. I commissioned my Dad to take all the photos so I could focus on my babes. So all the pictures at the party are his- now you know.
I wanted to do something fun and graphic, and love the felt backdrop I ended up creating! I’ll be sharing how to DIY one yourself in another post- but isn’t it fun? It’s so bold and no fuss- and it fills the space like nobody’s business.
If you remember my inspiration– I really love how Martha made a number out of her photos- but we had some issues getting them printed and they showed up as the party was starting. I threw them up on the wall (not in a 1) and we had fun looking at how much they’ve changed in the past year. They’re still up on our wall and probably will be until that painters tape gives up. The other piece of inspiration I didn’t 100% stick to is the striped table cloth. I posted about it on Friday– since the backdrop was such a statement, I went easy on the stripes and just added a couple to tie it in with the theme.
Ahh guys, we ate so well at this party. And the best part? I didn’t make a darn bit of it. Except for the marshmallows- but I feel like that was more of a craft than cooking. Our family members are the best. I commissioned a few people (that offered to help) to make these delicious macaroni bites but with bacon (SOOO GOOD) and the babies birthday cakes, cupcakes, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Oh, I wrapped the sandwiches in cute paper too… but again- craft not cook.
All the other food required NO effort. I really wanted to be able to sit back and enjoy the party without worrying about food. The Stroop Waffels and those chocolate looking cookies are both Dutch (just like my hubby) and they’re such a treat for us. Plus they had a sort of honeycomb thing going on so we used it as an excuse to treat ourselves. They’re not the easiest to track down here! The mini donuts, goldfish, and honeycomb cereal are all straight out of the package. But really, what kid doesn’t love those treats?
Some other details I crafted are the party cups and party hats (looove the way these turned out!) which I’ll be posting the DIY for in the coming weeks. The babes loved the hats… not wearing them, but playing with them at least! I also sourced some local honey sticks to have as favours. I added some washi tape to make them flags and wrote ‘So sweet of you for coming’ on a few of them. I still have a bunch of these that we’re working our way through. I was pretty excited when my sister-in-law reminded me I’d bought a vintage honey tin the last time we were at my favourite antique store. I had them set out in a plain old vase. Lastly, I made some signage out of felt for the front door so we didn’t have to answer it all day- I used the same method to make these DIY Handpainted Felt Wall Banners if you’d like to make one yourself. Oh, and those little bees in the very very top photo are made of plasticine.
SOO the cake smash was ridiculously cute! I chose to have them on the floor (their cake on a crate) so that they could interact with eachother instead of strapping them into their highchairs. It was a total mess by the end, but they had a ton of fun. If you’re wondering- I did ‘foodsafe’ the crate a little bit. I did a light coffee stain, then used butcher block conditioner on it. I’m not sure why I bothered, they ate half of the cake off the floor (honesty moment). Their unique personalities shone through during the cake smash, Emmitt with food all over his face and body while Aubrey would take breaks to wipe her hands off on her shirt. I have a bunch of funny photos from their first encounter with cake that I’ll cherish.
And after they were all cleaned up, we got photos in front of the giant party chalkboards I’d written all their stats on. Guys, you’ll be so proud of me- I listened and went out to buy a chalk pen- those things are AMAZING! I feel like I’m instantly a better chalkboard artist. We had the hardest time keeping them in front of their chalkboards because we’d already given them their gifts- this kitchen was two feet away, calling their name. Notice that they’re holding a whisk and ladle in the pictures?
(And I threw one in of Aubrey’s chalkboard with no babies for all those family members of mine who are going to email me asking why her stats were hidden)
We also snapped a few family photos with our party hats- not an easy task! So anyways, that’s their first BeeDay (I giggle every time I say bee-day now, I just can’t stop). What do you think! Is this a theme you’d try out? For a first birthday or for your next very-much-adult birthday? Oh and since this post is uber long already, I’ll share the invite as a freebie in another post too!