Friday, March 18, 2011

Our Hungry Caterpillar: Crew's First Birthday

To help distract me from the fact that my BABY is now a year old, I decided to focus my energy on planning a fun celebration with family and friends. Since Crew is too young to know or care about the party, I picked one of my favorite books to read with him, thus a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" theme. In my defense, Crew loves turning the different sized fruit pages.

We were lucky enough to be joined by lots of our family and friends. Thanks to everyone who made the time to celebrate with us.

(Especially the ones who drove all the way from California!)

We started out with a light picnic style dinner, complete with some of our favorite summer foods. Oh how excited I am for good produce again!

Once we were sufficiently full, we moved to the main event of the evening...the cakes...

Truth be told, this was Crew's second crack at smashing a cake. During his one year photos he had very little interest in anything other than the candle, so I was interested to see how round 2 would go....

Yeah. He figured it out just fine. Go figure.

Our lil guy is definitely a "share-er." We found that he likes to feed others as much as he enjoys eating himself.

The high chair ended up being a great place to snag a few pics with our guests.

Granjan and Granrand

The Lansford siblings

More of our favorite ladies

Some how we missed pictures of the Jones, Richins and our neighbor guests. Sorry guys!

After the food, we had fun opening Crew's gifts for him. He was a little tired at this point.

Maybe me too, a little. It's like I had never seen a Very Hungry Caterpillar-themed jack-in-the- box before...

Literally trapped by all the fun loot!

When it came time to say good night to our guests, we sent them on their way with their own customized snack mix. Just in case they were "...still hungry."

And because I had a little too much fun planning all the details...

Homemade Birthday Sign


The candies are fruit-shaped runts

One year album and first finger painting project

Love my mini baskets.

And a very special thank you to Katie who designed the invites, waterbottle wraps, cupcake toppers, food labels and goody bag stickers. What a special touch!

Happy Birthday Crew. We love you!


Angela said...

Maura! This was exquisite! What a fun party. I know he'll enjoy looking back on the photos and seeing what a detail-oriented mommy he has. :)

Nicole and Scott said...

It was seriously so cute...gave me some great ideas for round 2 with Nixsen!

Katie said...

Those are some fantastic pictures! I was looking through mine and wishing I had had a better angle. Best Utah trip ever!

Jar & Ash said...

A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E!!! Looks like you guys had a blast! Wish we could have been there. :( Can't believe he is getting so big! Love ya!

Cameron, Shannon Voge said...

Wow! What a fun and well planned birthday party! Happy Birthday Crew... and props to the Mommy who planned an adorable birthday party... I would expect nothing less!

Jared and Laura said...

Impressive!! I love it! You're so talented and creative. And I love that theme...too dang cute! The pics of your little guy are so adorable too...can't believe he's already one!

Heather said...

What a cute party! I love all the decor! I loved the cupcakes! I loved that every one could have a cupcake and Crew's was the huge one, awesome! Loved the theme! Well done! I really enjoyed this post!