Someone please stop me next time I go on Pinterest overload. Give me a little pinch…maybe a splash in the face with some cold water. Because it is not as easy as they make it look, friends! And for Jake’s first birthday party, I definitely went on Pinterest overload.
I decided to go with a woodland creature theme because that is already the theme of Jake’s bedroom, so we had a lot of woodland creatures hanging around already.
Yes–he’s wearing a birthday crown! Justin insisted that my need to have Jake wear a crown on his birthday was some strange expression of wishing I had a little girl/princess. But I think that Jake’s crown is the manliest of birthday crowns, if I do say so myself. Everyone kept asking me all day if I had made the crown myself, but no–I am not that skilled with felt. I ordered it from Etsy. 🙂
But…I did feel the need to make a birthday bunting:
On the front door, the high chair, and across one wall in the kitchen. That was a lot of time spent cutting felt triangles (back when I was supposed to be writing papers and doing other important things for grad school–ha!). And then, I did a little more Pinteresting, and realized that I needed to make one of these:
And of course, I needed to make a special blue birthday punch:
My original idea was to have us drinking the punch out of mason jars with paper straws (MORE Pinterest), but Justin’s attempt to drill a straw-sized hole into the top of the mason jars failed, so I just went to Party City and got plastic cups like a normal person. 😛
I also felt like I really needed to make party poufs (which can be kind-of seen hanging from the fan and ceiling in this photo), but the tissue paper was wilting and my poufs weren’t quite as poofy as I’d hoped. In the end, I realized that I needed to just RELAX and enjoy having family and friends together all under one roof. And enjoy the sweet little birthday boy, of course. I don’t need Pinterest to tell me how to do that. 😉
More pictures of the handsome birthday boy to follow! Compliments to my sister, Heather Petrie, for taking such beautiful photos of everything! All of the pictures in this post (except for my junky cellphone pic) are hers.