Around here, directly after the holiday season, we have birthday season.
L. turned three this past January, and we celebrated his actual birthday with my parents with Carvel ice cream cake, and various other family meals over the course of the weekend.
A month later, P. turned one, and we made sure to let him smash some cake and FaceTime with his Grandparents.
The following week was my Mom’s birthday, so I’m pretty sure L. thinks that we’re going to sing Happy Birthday and eat cake every other day. I’d agree to it, if my waistline wasn’t already suffering!
We held a joint birthday party for the boys in early February. It’s continued to be great fun to celebrate one more year of adventures as our little ones grow. It’s also a great excuse to open up our house to our amazing family and friends to eat, drink, and be merry.
I ordered an invitation design through Yellow Brick Graphics and had them printed locally. I knew I wanted something very specific, considering it was a joint party, and Mickenzie was able to format one of her designs perfectly for the party. If I wasn’t working against the clock, I would have just had them print the cards for me, but I needed something fast! Using DIY printables is not something I shy away from, but if you account for the amount of time cutting, trip to the printers, getting envelopes (I always use Paper Source), etc. it may or may not be time well spent. Either way, I loved the design she created for our party.
L. thinks balloons are pretty rad, just like any kid, so we made sure to have plenty around the house.
I had all my banners, decorations, props and graphics done by PaperBuilt and printed locally. They are a great company based out of Baltimore/DC (support local small business, folks!). They specialize in Printable Paper Parties and Crafts, and are simply fabulous!
I served crab cake balls, fruit, a cheese and cracker spread, hummus and tabbouleh, and small feta and caramelized onion pastries, keeping things pretty light, so everyone would have room for cake.
I made a few cakes this year, since it was a joint party, and I like to bake (only once or twice a year!).
L. played it pretty cool all day, but he’s still talking about his birthday, three weeks later, so I know he had a blast.
I can’t believe P. is a year old already!
I made the same rainbow cake again this year.
The second cake was an orange infused vanilla layer cake with orange whip buttercream frosting.
I threw a few PaperBuilt props around for the kids to play with. I kept it pretty low key/hands off in terms of “kids activities,” so these little things added to the free play fun.
We sent everyone home with airplane sugar cookies and lollipops (aka sugar overload!), and an apology for such to all the parents involved! I had little suitcase favor bags for the kids, I just forgot to snap a pic. Hopefully these wooden airplane kits that we sent home with the kids served as a fun activity to pass the time on a cold day.
Love these two boys to pieces, and can’t believe another year has passed so quickly!
Check out the rest of the party pics on Facebook.