Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Ezra's Little Golden Books Birthday! (Part 1)
We celebrated our baby boy's birthday this past weekend and it was so very special. He doesn't turn one until Thursday (I'm trying not to think about it!), but we partied hard on Saturday. It was the sweetest little party. There is something so special about 1st birthdays, so the party was extra fun for me to plan. For 1st birthdays, we do family only and this year we had a small gathering with all of Ezra's grandparents, great grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins. My boys are so fortunate to have so many grandparents (4 grandparents and 5 greats) and I LOVE having them all together in one place to celebrate my babies.
I was brainstorming Ezra's party several months ago and thought it would be super cute and fun to do a Little Golden Books party. I had never seen it done before, so I was up for the challenge of doing something totally new! What sparked my interest in a Golden Books party was the back of the books. I'm in love with the backs and the gold spine. The invitations looked like the back of one of the books and I just started to work around that.
(I blurred out the details.)
I just think it screams "baby"! So fun!
And here we go .... and overload of party detail photos!
When you walked in, you were greeted with this.
This is actually a cheap paper placemat that I ordered from a party supply store, and then I just framed it!
Then when you walked into the living room, the mantle and fireplace was a tribute to my little angel.
This banner is a photo of Ezra every month from newborn to now.
That precious banner and the "all about Ezra" board below were my favorite details of the party. They are priceless to me!
Both of those were Esty finds. I do not know what I would do without Etsy sweet Etsy!
And then I placed a Golden Books board game (who knew those existed) and vintage Golden Books Go Fish cards up there. Fun!
Moving into the kitchen is where the decor exploded! Birthday fun all around!
This table was SO fun and SO cheery! One of my favorite party tables yet!
Here are some closeups!
For the table, I gathered all the Golden Books we had, plus some that were mine when I was little, and then bought some more and decorated with those. The white things are what we think are shadow boxes (maybe?) from Hobby Lobby. I'm not sure what they are, but they worked beautifully as little book shelves.
I found the cute little GB stuffed animals on Amazon.
The Pokey Little Puppy.
Scuffy the Tugboat.
The Saggy Baggy Elephant.
Ezra LOVES these stuffed animals. So cute!
The clouding on the table is Little Golden Book fabric. Adorable.
I found a listing on Etsy (surprise, surprise) for 50 individual Golden Book pages for $5. I snatched those up and hoped some would be fun to frame. There were so many good ones I had a hard time deciding which to use!
The banners behind the table are made from Golden Books and each one tells a whole story. In LOVE!
And this wreath is absolutely amazing! All made from Golden Books. I had this made ... I'm not that crafty. :)
I ordered personalized Jones sodas like I had done for Levi on his first birthday. Such a great keepsake, and a great party favor.
And then these little treasures were just the cutest thing in life.
Personalized little Golden Book boxes!!!
The cover of this is from the very old Golden Book "Baby's First Birthday". I had her customize the name to Baby's Ezra's First Birthday. Love!
It looked just like a Little Golden Book.
Check out the back!
We tucked little Godiva chocolates inside. Yummy!
Another favor was a bookmark. I thought that was appropriate for the theme of the party.
"Children become readers in the laps of their parents."
So sweet. I love that little saying. Makes me teary.
The children had little boxes filled with animal crackers and cookies and their own personal Make Your Own Golden Book!!
And the plates matched the theme.
The cake was absolutely amazing! I brought his invitation to a local bakery and asked if they could recreate it for me on a cake. Boy did they do an awesome job!
That's his smash book next to it. LOVED IT!
I decorated his highchair with fun balloons and pages from Golden Books. :)
Simple and fun.
And his cute little party hat and bib melted my heart. It will yours too when you see him in it! :)
This party was an absolute blast to plan. I was so happy with the way it turned out. It had a very vintage, sweet, babyish feel. It was presh!
Check back tomorrow for PARTY PICS of my little angel boy!