Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Party Details {Rory’s First Birthday}

Despite the cake smash failure, Rory’s party was really great. Before we get into the party itself, here’s a look at the details.

After a bit of searching on Pinterest, I came up with a front door decoration that Nopsi helped make happen. He cut out a big number 1 from a piece of wood and painted it white. Then I used ModPodge to cover it with printouts of the digital scrapbook paper I purchased on Etsy: an argyle design for the background and two of the polka dot designs to spell out Rory’s name. I outlined Rory’s name with a white paint pen to make it stand out more and finally applied three coats of ModPodge to seal it all together.  


I added two borrowed sock monkey ornaments to the top of the 1 (thanks, UJ!), and voila! A super cute decoration for everyone to see upon arriving at the party.


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Moving inside, I tried to stick to the red, light blue, and brown color palette as much as I could. We had balloon bunches all over the place, stuffed sock monkeys hanging out in a few strategic places, custom subway art, sock monkey sugar cookie favors, and two very special banners for the birthday boy (also made using the digital papers).


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As for food, we set out grilled sausage, fried chicken tenders, Greek pasta, macaroni and cheese muffins, veggie sticks, goldfish, M&Ms, and fruit. I also had two dips in the kitchen for people to snack on.


And, since most of the kids in attendance needed something to occupy them, Kenny and I decided to get a bouncy house. We weren’t sure the weather was going to cooperate to actually get our money’s worth out of it, but the rain cleared out shortly before the party started.



The bouncy actually arrived pretty early, so we let the boys do some jumping in their PJs after it was all set up. They loved it!


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The four of us also got back into the bouncy late in the afternoon before the guys came back to pick it up. We had so much fun in there.





Oh, and if you hadn’t noticed already, I had my friend Colleen make a special shirt for the birthday boy to wear for the party. (She also made Riley’s fall wagon shirt and the boys’ dump truck brothers shirts.) He looked so cute in it!


Aunt Lizzie also brought a couple of sock monkey things for me to use if I wanted. I didn’t end up doing anything with them during the party, but I actually put the hat and the slippers on towards the end when I started to clean up. Those slippers were so comfy…..I didn’t want to take them off!


That about covers the details. Actual party recap coming up next, although I may throw another video up tomorrow to buy myself another day. Just warning y’all!


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I was amazed at the decorations- You ought to go into the buisness wwhen the boys are older- A magnifient job. Hugs, Grams

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