This is the first year Jackson really understands birthdays (ie: cake with candles, balloons and presents). He specifically asked for a Toy Story party with cake and balloons, so I had to deliver. And of course, I can never just do basic. So although the guest list was limited to our bubble (the grandparents and my sister) due to Covid, I couldn’t pass up on making it his best 3rd birthday party ever.
I created a digital invite based on the Toy Story 3 movie poster.
A big thanks to my sister/best auntie ever, for creating another amazing cake.
And what current birthday isn’t complete without a Zoom Celebration?
This was the digital invite I created, sent to a handful of our family and friends.
A big thanks to everyone that sent their birthday wishes and love to Jackson and to those that joined us on Zoom. Jackson is one super loved kid and we are so blessed to have such amazing family and friends.
Last week, our little man turned two, so we invited some family over to celebrate with a small backyard party.
Jackson is about all things transportation right now. So I thought it fitting to have a Planes, Trains and Automobiles themed birthday party.
I started with a digital invitation and let that set the look and feel of the party.
I thought it would be fun to incorporate one of those balloon arches as a backdrop, but with wanting to keep the budget real low this year, I decided to try my hand at creating one on my own. 120 hand pumped balloons later, here is how it turned out.
I’m used to creating my own banners and menu signs, but this was the first time I decided to do a DIY food station as well. One of Jackson’s favorite dishes is my spaghetti, so I decided to do a Pasta Station.
And of course no party, big or small, is complete without a dessert table spread.
Freshly baked homemade cookies and other sweet treats made up the dessert station.
A big thanks to my sister for, yet again, baking the delicious cupcakes!
The driveway was decorated with a little road and other sidewalk chalk creations so Jackson and the other little kids could drive around in his little car and motorcycle toys.
I still can’t believe a year went by already and we celebrated my baby boy, Jackson Danny turning ONE last week. Here’s a look into the custom invitation I designed for him and a few images from the party showcasing the party details. The theme was a mixture of a black & white monochromatic color scheme with pops of blue green, with a wild one, tribal, outdoorsy adventure feel.
I always love the idea of sending out invites that act as small little gifts for guests to unwrap.Jackson’s monogram logo, which I created for the Baby Shower, was used again on the invite and as a part of the party’s decor.I thought it would be fun to make his invite open up into something bigger like his birth announcement.The invite opened up to monthly photos I took throughout the year along with details of some of Jackson’s firsts and favorites.So taking care of Jackson 24/7 requires me to be very creative with my time. So when baby boy was playing in his room, I took the opportunity to assemble the invites in the rocking chair, using the foot rest as my table.We had a teepee set up outside for his gifts. Although I got the teepee with the party in mind, I also knew it would make for a great play space for either indoor or outdoor use, which Jackson has done already. I also wanted to make sure there were fun creative activities for both the kids and adults to enjoy. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that one of our nightly routines is reading a book (or two) before Jackson’s bedtime. For the bookmarks, I printed out a few different images I found online for guests to color.
On the backside is a quote from Jackson’s favorite book, Whoever You Are by Mem Fox “Joys are the same, and love is the same. Pain is the same, and blood is the same. Smiles are the same, and hearts are just the same- wherever they are, wherever you are, wherever we are, all over the world.”The second activity was to create your own dreamcatcher. I found these cute little dreamcatcher kits online and loved that they were individually packaged with everything you need to create the dreamcatcher, including the instructions. It worked out perfectly because I was able to send the little kits home with people that didn’t have a chance to make one at the party.I took the decorated 1 from his invite and created a custom shirt for Jackson to wear.For the cake topper, I used leftover material from his invites. The paper straws were leftover from my Baby Shower. All the amazing cakes & cupcakes were once again baked by my sister, Ilona.Guests were sent home with homemade trail mix.
“THANK YOU Please take some trail mix to fuel your future adventures.”
I found this fun S’mores Trail Mix recipe, here. I couldn’t resist packaging them up in these kraft tin tie bags and topping each one with a little thank you sticker.I kept the decor pretty simple by using wooden dowels to create little teepees with feather decorated mason jars.The highlight of Jackson’s birthday party for me was definitely his cake smash. I knew his personality would come out the minute the cake was placed in front of him. I LOVE his initial reaction to the cake. PRICELESS!I specifically asked my sister to place blueberries on top as I knew he’d eat them one by one first before even touching the rest of the cake.It was funny to see him bypass most of the actual cake to just get to the berries hidden within each layer.Everyone told me how fast the time goes and how quickly Jackson would grow, but I didn’t realize it would be as fast as a blink of an eye. He has brought so much more joy, laughter and love to our family this past year. I am in constant awe at how smart he already is. I love seeing him reveal his sweet and silly personality each and every day. And I am so proud of the kindness he already possess.