I initially wasn't going to throw a big first birthday party for my twin boys. I figured they didn't really care if it was a big party or just family as long as they got to eat cake. But then I went to my friend Amanda's daughter's first birthday party. It was gorgeous! The kind of party with beautiful decorations and fancy touches that I love. The kind of party I would want for myself. And that's when I realized, sure, this was a party to celebrate a baby's transition into toddlerhood, but it was also a fabulous way for mom to celebrate surviving her first year of motherhood. Which trust me is a tough journey. An amazing, wonderful journey, but a really bumpy ride with the most emotional ups and downs you'll ever experience in your life. So I figured, screw it! I'm throwing a big, fun, over the top party to celebrate my surviving an entire year with twin boys. :)
I made almost all of my decorations since I didn't want to spend a fortune, which you can absolutely do on themed party decorations. I decided to also base the party theme on the colors and fox theme of the boys nursery, since I figured I could then do a little decor update in their room. I have the most amazing friends and family who helped make the day special by crafting decorations, making food, printing letterpress invitations, baking amazing cakes, and helping me tablescape. I couldn't have done it without them. It really does take a village.
I decorated mainly with homemade puffs
and balloons in grey, turquoise, and orange. They added a big pop of color and flare without having to do too much work.
My lovely and talented mother helped me do my tablescapes for the food and drink tables.
I made this pennant banner
using scrap book paper and printed letters.
I happened to have these turquoise frames on hand and used photos from the Rowselettes newborn and 6 month photo shoot in them.
She also designed and hand lettered these awesome chalk board signs for me.
These wonderful cakes were made by my good friend Kelly. They were incredible! I keep trying to convince her to make a business with her mad baking skills.
I made collages using photos from the Rowselettes first year and printed them at Costco as a poster. I hung their premie sleepers next to their first year collage to show how much they had grown. It still amazes me how tiny they were when they were born.
I got these awesome marquee letter kits
from Michaels. They're completely customizable, which worked great for my party decor.
Archer with his daddy.
Xander with Mama.
My beautiful, talented friend, Kelly, with her amazing cakes.
Can you tell the Rowselettes loved thier birthday cake?
It was an amazing day, a wonderful party, and great celebration of all of us making it through our first year together. Can't wait for all of the years to come. :)