the first birthday

it’s been over two weeks now since T’s epic first birthday (which idiot plans to throw a birthday party for 50 people two days after they fly in from the other side of the world and go to work on one of those two days? oh, right, that would be me). T has been so spoilt by all of our family and friends over the past year and he really needed nothing for his birthday, so we asked our friends and family, that if they felt the need to bring a gift for T, that a book to add to his library would be much appreciated. there may have been a slightly selfish motive to this; T and I read a book together every night before bed and i was getting just a little bit bored of the 20 or so books we had going around in high rotation. once we had decided on the book idea, i couldn’t look past having a ‘very hungry caterpillar’ themed party as it is one of T’s favourites. i remember reading it to him before bed for the first time – he was being a bit cranky and wasn’t at all interested in sitting still and quiet, but as soon as i opened that book and he saw all of the bright colours he was mesmerised.

i did a lot of the planning and crafting for the party before we went to canada; numerous evenings were spent sourcing polka-dotted fabrics, cutting out photo booth props and making buntings. the food was easy as i simply put out a spread that consisted of all of the foods the caterpillar ate: fruit, lollipops, cupcakes, salami, swiss cheese… . we had a photo booth to keep the kids and adults amuzed and as it was a book-themed party, we had all of the guests contribute one line to a story book written just for T which i will have printed up into a book for him when i finally get around to our. our little boy is so lucky to be surrounded by all of the fabulous and supportive people in our lives – thanks for being a part of our family and giving our boy such a special first birthday!

il_fullxfull.441870930_o514^^we ordered these printable pdf invitations from etsy^^

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^^the cake made by my very talented sister^^

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^^unfortunately i didn’t think to get a photo of my handywork until halfway through the party when it had all been messed up^^IMG_2004

^^lounging around at the bottom of his birthday present – i don’t think he quite understood that the fun was in sliding down and not sitting at the bottom^^DSC_0856 DSC_0855 DSC_0849 DSC_0836

^^the aftermath of T’s cake smash^^DSC_0824 DSC_0820 DSC_0818 DSC_0817 DSC_0816 DSC_0815 DSC_0810^^daddy arnold and i making sure the photo booth was set up properly^^DSC_0862

Ps. you can find the free printable photo booth props here and here and the lettering for the bunting here.

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