Monday, April 21, 2014

Arlo's First Birthday Party

Arlo's first birthday party was 8 days ago. We had an incredible turnout, and I think our 80 guests enjoyed themselves, despite the guest of honor's grumpy mood. We had visitors before the party, so Arlo didn't get his usual morning nap, and it showed. He did flash a couple of his trademark grins at the beginning of the party, so at least we have photo proof that he was only tired and miserable 99% of the time.

Brittany of Brittany Graham Photography gave us our party photos a few days ago, so here you go—Arlo's first birthday party, in photos:

Brittany took this pretty picture before I was smart enough to trim the extra ribbon on the banner.

All banners, bunting, and confetti by ScoutAndAcadia.

Cupcakes by Nicole of Coley's Cakes:  white cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream icing, chocolate cake with ganache filling and chocolate buttercream icing, and red velvet cake with cream cheese icing.

Seriously. Everybody asked where these were from. Unbelievable.

Coloring and bubbles for the kiddos.

Trail mix party favors.

Animal die-cuts by Crafting Crew.

Danny didn't want me to put this photo on a table, but how could I not?

Those monthly photos came in handy.

A little pre-party primping.

Hair's done, tie's on, and he's ready to party. Clearly. Just look at his face.

Maybe a crown (made by our awesome friend Liz Sabo) will help get the party started.

Of course he'd be posing in front of a garbage can for his cutest photos of the day.

Okay, the thrill wore off. How about a balloon?

Guests start to trickle in right on time.

I don't want to post too many photos of our friends, but does this one kinda tell you how hoppin' this shindig was?

Or maybe this one? (I've told several people that this photo is a great representation of the party; Arlo's mad as hell, and I'm sweating like a pig.)

About a quarter of his loot. Dude made out like a bandit.

I love these guys.

Checking out his smash cake. (Curious about the wardrobe change? He diarrhea-ed through his outfit.)

Cake also by Coley's Cakes. / Fox by RutaFelt.

Singing Happy Birthday. Look how much he loves it.

Don't let this photo fool you. He did not enjoy his smash cake and didn't even come close to smashing it.

In fact, he wanted nothing to do with it, which is a shame because the actual cake is turquoise and would have made for some awesome photos. (This picture makes me laugh out loud.)

He's not impressed.

Arlo slept his butt off when we got home. When he woke up, Danny and I opened gifts while he played with a card for a half hour. The party was stressful for me because if I wasn't chasing after my angry, tired child, he was writhing and doing backbends in my arms—so it didn't hit me until then, when we were home and opening gifts, how awesome the party really was, and how incredible it is that so many people love my kid so damn much.

He is pretty lovable.


Erica said...

Looks like a fun party!

Brittany LeeAnn said...

I love your blog. The way you stay true and honest is Awesome. Arlo is adorable as well. What a celebration congratulations on the new addition in the fall. Thank you for sharing your family with us. I also blog Peas, Carrots and wedded bliss check it out if you get a chance it is on blog spot.
happy Birthday arlo,
The Glover Family

Emily said...

I hope everything's going okay with you and baby number 2!