Last Sunday we had a great time celebrating Maddox’s 1st birthday! I’ve known I was going to do this theme for quite some time now. Since Maddox was a baby I would sing “You Are My Sunshine” to him after he got out of the bathtub. He would lay his head on my shoulder and listen to me for what seemed like 10 minutes. It became our thing…a special moment that melted my heart every time.
A few months ago, I was thinking about what theme we would do for his part and I instantly thought a “Sunshine” party would be perfect since he was born in June. Coupled with “our song,” and we had a theme!
Now that the invites were out, next up was the party! I knew I wanted to “man” up this theme with touches of turquoise. It was pretty simple to plan…just needed a lot of yellow, gray, white, and turquoise. I already had a sign I made a while back and I knew I wanted to do BBQ since it was a summer party.
I focus on 3 areas for decorations…the dining room (where most of food is), the fireplace, and the breakfast table (where either desserts or drinks are). This year we had a new buffet table in our dining room so I made that the dessert table and the breakfast table in the kitchen had all the drinks on it. I wanted that close to the back door since I knew people would be grabbing for drinks while outside.
I filled each of those cups with potato salad, but we didn’t get a pic of that. Same with the coleslaw. I wanted everything ready to go since I knew most adults would be parents who had their hands full. We catered the BBQ from Rudy’s…brisket and turkey for people to make sandwiches. There was also some chips and watermelon.
My friend Emily made that adorable cake. It was perfect. I wanted simple, but cute. The sun and the 1 were perfect. The only hiccup we had was that our “well behaved” 3 year old snapped the top off that 1 and ate it BEFORE we sang Happy Birthday and let Maddox “smash” it. I was so stinking mad, but at least we got a cute picture of it before he ripped it off. Note to self: Cover cake or put it away as to not tempt children.