Hello! Today I finally have Owen’s gnome-themed party post ready for you! I really love making celebrations special and this was a very special celebration!
First things first: we knew we needed a gnome hat. No one in our family is skilled at knitting (or if they are it is being hidden from me;) We got this one on etsy and figured we’ll find all sorts of occasions to use it. Definitely going to add a little white ball on top at Christmastime;) Owen’s overalls were a gift from grandma and grandpa and completed his gnome look.
I had a lot of fun designing the invite and trying to cut Owen’s little face out and draw the perfect gnome hat to fit. I also picked up some wood grain contact paper and it went a long way toward the decorations. First I stuck them on card stock and cut these simple banner pieces. A hole punch and some red polka dot ribbon I’d been hoarding and the birthday banner was complete!
We didn’t have much time to catch photos before guests arrived (shocker) but we did have a lot of fun:)
Food: My mom made her special buttercream frosting for the cupcakes and we topped them with red m & m’s for a cool toadstool look.
I also made the legendary (at least in our home) dirt pudding.
For the babies at the party I made these “baby muffins” with blueberries and also had some very watered down blueberry and apple juice. I think Owen was the only taker on these since the other two bebes were either a bit too young for party food or full from lunch:)
Please note the second use of the woodgrain contact paper and the millionth use of my trusty heart punch on the cups- I’m telling you that thing has been a good (party) investment!
Not pictured are the tater tots and black forest ham roll-ups we made up right before/during the time guests were arriving:)
A first birthday party would not be complete without an official birthday banner so I used these printable letters to whip one up! I love these and also used them for a just married sign at our wedding— from marriage to baby- now that is a versatile printable. I grabbed some red chevron tape from the dollar bin at target a few months ago and used that to hang almost everything. If tape is going to show it may as well be cute!
The highlight for me was seeing all the photos of Owen and reflecting on this past year with him- unbelievable! The joy this guy brings to our lives each day just can’t be quantified. Neither can the amount of photos I take of him… Along with the belly shots and monthly photos (1, 2, 3) I printed out some of our favorite instagram snaps using picplum and was thrilled with the prints.
I also enjoyed coming up with this list of things that Owen loves. Ah, such good memories with our boy already!
When J went for balloons before the party he came back very proudly with the gnome you see here- definitely the finishing touch. J also contributed a delicious (non-baby-friendly) punch and I’ll share the recipe in the next few weeks.
Here’s my favorite smash (cup)cake shot so far. He didn’t go crazy like I thought he would but he was certainly happy sitting in that chair for almost an hour (record time:)
Owen enjoyed roaming the balloon filled party, getting lots of attention from grandparents and guests, and his first cupcake. Success!
ps- I started a gnome party board on pinterest if you’re interested in some of my inspiration sources!
pps- We got our new couch delivered the day before the party- yay! Some decorating and baby-proofing posts will be coming up!