My house is almost back to normal around here. There are a few red balloons still floating around and leftovers in the fridge, but I don’t mind that very much. I like when celebrations linger a bit. I wanted to share some of my favorite details from Jonah’s first birthday party. I kind of went a little crazy with the crafts, but it was just so much fun to be creative and really make our birthday theme pop. (pun intended?)
I did my best to take pictures before and during the party, but I also wanted to enjoy the party and not be stuck behind my camera the entire evening. So, I cheated a little and staged some of the pictures in this post for blog documentation purposes. Plus, I really want to remember everything about this party, since it was such a special event for our family. Now onto the goods, and let me warn you, there are ALOT of them!
First, I will start with the invitation, which introduced our red ballon/french theme. Thanks to GIMP and a lot of time playing around with different ideas, they came out great! The envelopes we sent them in were lined with a picture of Jonah holding a “bonjour” sign and his red balloon. Everyone loved the picture, and it really made the invite extra special. Now onto the actual event. When guests arrived, they were greeted with a giant, 30in red balloon out front. It was one of my must-haves for the party, especially with how much Jonah loved it.
I kind of went crazy with the banners for this party. Each of them was unique and kept with the black, white, and red theme. I also played around with the red balloon look by using red circles and red pom-poms.
The french theme really came alive with the food. Isn’t that why we love France so much?! We had quite the spread. We served two types of sandwiches. The ham and butter baguettes, a Parisian specialty, were wrapped in striped papers.
We wanted to make dessert really fun and festive. We started with a make-your-own-crepe station. It included homemade crepes, nutella, strawberries, bananas, and whipped cream. Everyone had so much fun stuffing their own crepe, and thanks to Josh, they were delicious!
Dessert continued with red-velvet “balloon” cake pops. Thanks to my cousin Emily, they were absolutely amazing and a huge hit. I can’t take much credit except for dipping them in white chocolate and adding red sprinkles. Aren’t they adorable?
And of course, you can’t have a party without cake. Our homemade 4-layer chocolate and vanilla striped cake with buttercream frosting was delicious and beautiful. Josh’s dad stacked, iced, and decorated it. I absolutely love how it turned out! It was exactly what I had envisioned and looked amazing when sliced.
Finally, we set up a time capsule that Jonah will open in 20 years and asked everyone to write him a note. You would not believe how precious the notes are. We know that Jonah will love reading those words from his friends and family when he turns 20.
As a thank-you to our wonderful guests, I gave out Petit Ecolier cookies and our crepe recipe that they could take home and try for themselves. I really hope they do!
There you have it! The party from start to finish. It was so much fun to plan and execute that I’m already brainstorming my next soirée. Christmas party anyone?! Ok, I’ll take a break and relax for a bit. Seriously, Josh, I promise!