It’s hard to believe it but little “baby” Dylan is already one!
I’m not sure what it is about first birthdays but I feel like they come with so much pressure. It’s very much self-imposed pressure because I’m pretty sure that Dylan wouldn’t have cared if he had the big party we threw, or if we had just given him a box to play with. Either way, it’s pretty much a party in his eyes! Regardless, I tried my very best to turn myself in to a Pinterest mom (which I am NOT) and put together a cute party.
As former Texans, we’re big fans of Tex Mex and all things that fall into that category so the First Fiesta theme came very naturally to us. I actually came up with the theme pretty soon after we had Dylan and Clint loved it too, so it was one that we stuck with. We also decided to host the party in the basement at our house where we had the new playroom for the kids and plenty of room to host a good sized group.
I bought our invitations on Etsy from Tiger Lily Invitations. She was so great with adding customizations that I asked for, as well as working with us on a thank you card.
We ended up having lots of success at Party City for decorations. We did all of the party fans, flags and tabletop needs (plates, forks, napkins, etc.) from there. The weeks leading up to the party were pretty jam packed so we bought almost everything a month in advance and spent a random 20 minutes here or there hanging up decorations or cleaning up the basement to get ready.
I also worked with the fabulous ladies of Big Ass Balloons to put together a custom “UNO” balloon with a colored tassel, glittery letters and a coordinating large #1 for the highchair setup in front of a striped tablecloth.
As far as the little details, I was so excited to have Selena from Selena Ashley Designs create two signs for us: one for the bar and one for the piñata table. She does absolutely amazing work and I was so pleased with the calligraphy and illustrations on the two pieces she created for us.
Fortunately, Clint and I really like to cook, so we decided to take on making all of the party food ourselves. On the menu were chicken quesadillas, cheese quesadillas, a salsa bar (with queso, homemade salsa and guac), fruit skewers, individual seven layer dips and then desserts. My mom helped us with a lot of the prep and we did as much in advance as made sense, so that about 30 minutes before the party all we had to do was cook up as many quesadillas as we could.
I discovered Sweet Lil Temptations on Facebook and they did the cake, cupcakes and cookies for me. I was so pleased with the sweets they created, especially the smash cake and the amazing detail of the (delicious) custom sugar cookies. They’re going to be doing the superhero cupcakes for Jackson’s birthday next week too!
The only thing we added to the dessert table was cactus and uno cupcake toppers from Magnolia Bloom Boutique on Etsy. She was also awesome to work with and helped us get the glittery uno toppers that we wanted to go with everything!
I’m no DIY expert but, thanks to Pinterest, I put together a piñata craft table for the kids. My goal was to have an easy craft that the kids could do for a little bit of time and that would also double as a favor. I found these instructions and modified only slightly to fit our style and the party itself. I was amazed at how well this worked with the kids! Everyone put at least one piñata together
We also had a movie playing in the playroom and plenty of toys for everyone to play with.
So what did we wear, you ask? Well, the boys got matching shirts from Zazzle with their ages on them in Spanish. I’m not much for dressing my boys (plus Clint) in matching clothing but this one just seemed fitting!
Overall, we were so happy with how the party turned out. It was a lot of fun and went so smoothly. We loved having our friends and their kids over at our house and so appreciated the support and love the they brought to Dylan and our family.
Admittedly, it was a ton of work to plan and put everything together but I guess that’s what parents do for first birthday parties. So while it was a great time, I’m also glad that it’s over and I can’t wait to see what Dylan’s next year brings!