|It will surprise no one that I'd been planning Nate's first birhday party since he was only a month old. I decided on a red wagon and vintage toy theme, because it seemed so "little boy," and mamas only get a few years before the birthday boys start calling the shots re: theme. The invitations were made in Adobe Illustrator, and I'm pleased to report I'm getting the knack of that. Mark only had to help a little this time. The envelope liner was gift wrap from Target, and I carried the dots over onto the invite.|
|I made the banner from stiffened felt, cut with my circle cutter, and adhesive felt letters. I attached them to kitchen twine with mini clothespins. The craft paper letters were covered in gift wrap, with grosgrain ribbon hot glued on to cover the edges. Command poster adhesive from 3M held these on the wall, and removed (mostly) nicely afterward.|
|The firetruck was the Craigslist score of a lifetime.|
Repurposed Frappucino bottles (lids spray painted by my patient hubby) made perfect vintage milk jars, and gave me the perfect excuse to use these paper straws. Beware when buying these that "red" is actually "fuschia." Oh, well- it's a safe bet that someone's daughter will want a pink party one of these days.
|Birthday boy with family and friends. Bottom left is SuperJen giving giving hits of frosting to my goddaughter Caitlin.|
|This alone would have made Nate's day. Who doesn't love a big red balloon?|
|What a fun day! Thanks to all the family and friends who helped out, and to Jana Bannan for wonderful photographs.|