I can’t believe our little cookie monster is already a year old! I’ve been planning his first birthday party for about 9 months now, down to the very last detail! I’ve been handmaking 3 banners and many signs, embossing every napkin, preparing many batches of cookie doughs, planning and making games and even had Grandpa hard at work on some amazing outdoor activities for the littles. Aside from not so great weather the party went off without a hitch. We had over 60 guests and an absolutely amazing photographers who captured every moment.
Photos were taken by our dear friends Jamie Crone and Gina Sainsbury and we are blessed by their talents. Not only was I able to host the party and visit with everyone – I didn’t miss a moment because of the 600+ photos that were taken.
I used a variety of rubber stamps, cricut cartridges, paper punches, and my sewing machine to create the ticket effect as seenonpinterest! See the 3rd and 4th pictures below…
Banners, Decor, Signs and Games
I used my Cricut to cut 12 letters that hung from above the garage.
I hand paperpieced several signs – I love how this banner turned out!
Plus I’m taking it apart to use as accents in our family scrapbook.
A small poster that has baby pictures of David and I for comparison.
I sewed small cookie beanbags for the littles to toss into Cookie Monsters Mouth. inspiredbypinterest!
My dad this amazing “Cornhole” game that is double sided. One side is blue and we put laminated cookie monsters that I made out of cardstock on it – the other side is a great terra cotta color for everyday use!
My father made these tire teeter totters for the smaller kiddos – if only we’d had better weather for the kids to be out playing more! inspiredbypinterest!
This next project took me months (a year actually) but actual months to put together. I used a picture for each month of Ethan’s first year as the 1, 2, 3 oclock stations on this clock whose hands are adhered at 1:38 (pm) the time Ethan was officially welcomed into this world on June 6 of 2011. The detail is the border – a picture from every day of the year. Well just about, for some reason I missed some days in October but it turned out amazing! This is put together on a peice of left over sheet rock from when David was finishing the interior of our garage. It’s painted to match our dark walls and will soon be hung on the lighter walls that grace our stairway to the upstairs.
The quote I put in the center of the “clock” is the quote that is engraved on our wedding watches (the gifts we gave to eachother) as well as on Ethan’s first scrapbook layout which details his every moment of his 15 day stay in the NICU. I love this quote, it is truly timeless. QUOTEBYHENRYVANDYKE
I use the Canon IP1700 and it has so many print options for sizes of photos. Each border picture is only 1/4″ squared in order to fit them all.
One last sign will be shown at the end of this post…
The Buffet is open!
Da-da the grill master manning his post…
Sweet Street – My Dessert Buffet
I bring home milk jugs from work to recycle and one day as I was rinsing one out from Costco I thought – there is something here for the party – these can make great cookie monster cookie “jars!” It worked great! The eye’s had to be bolted on after we spraypainted the outside. We made 3 of these cute jugs.
My party tip for the beverage bar is to make ice cubes of each drink you are serving. This way your beverage stays cold and when the ice melts your beverage doesn’t get diluted! I made white milk and chocolate milk cubes, blue raspberry kool-aid cubes and orange sherbet cubes for the monster juice. It works great and looks fabulous!
Click here to see some of my cookiemonster inspiration
I made Ethan a small banana cake so we wouldn’t end up with blue carpet. He wasn’t very interested in it though – too many people and new toys around!
My First birthday cake for my baby! David had to help work the fondant and Grandma piped the rice crispie cereal head I created to assist due to my terrible hand strength. The cake turned out so cute!
A COOKIE MONSTER FAMILY
When you choose your party theme… commit to it! I had cookie monster in my, a neclace, a ring, cookie monster fingernails and toenails, made a shirt for Ethan with a cookie monster patch and found a tee-shirt for dada! My men are so supportive of their silly momma and what fun we had! Happy birthday my sweet little Ethan – Next year I’m thinking TOY STORY!
I will link recipes soon for all my tasty creations! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!