We celebrated Max’s First Birthday over the weekend and I’m so excited to share some photos with you. Now, I love planning my kids’ birthday parties; I think it’s fun and an opportunity to get creative. I’m just not that good at day-to-day crafts and Pinterest-y-ness so a birthday party is my excuse to go all out.
I discovered pretty quickly that it’s much harder to plan and execute a party in Germany than it is in the States. I’m just not as familiar with the local resources and I couldn’t order things like cookies and cake pops which I usually do. I ended up buying a lot from Amazon because they have really fast (and free) shipping.
Poor Max wasn’t feeling his best on his big day, but I think he had a good time. He got lots of love and attention from our friends. And he got to eat cake. Not a bad day, if I do say so myself. So, on with the photos… (and lots of them).
I have a bit of a sweet tooth (understatement of the century) and a birthday party is a great excuse for all-things-sweet so I went for it. We had two cakes, cupcakes, gummis, swirly lollipops and yogurt-covered pretzels.
Everyone went home with a little bag filled with candy.
(We totally ran out of time the day of so there are some details we didn’t get to – and seeing them in photos is making me nuts. For example, I intended to frame the cute sign pictured above rather than just resting it against the wall.)
The party was at 3 in the afternoon so we served appetizers and cake. We made Macaroni & Cheese Muffins (or Cupcakes if you’re talking to a picky toddler), Vegetable and Dip served in cups (idea totally stolen from Pinterest), Baked Goat Cheese en Croute, and Chips and Guacamole and Fruit with Dip. Totally random menu, but they’re all things *I* like and that’s how I decided what to serve.
When planning parties for my older kids’ I usually focus on several games and activities. But, this party was for Max, and one year olds aren’t big on party games, so we really didn’t have much planned. There were lots of children here, and they spent most of the time playing in the play room but we did have a couple quick activities. We had coloring sheets that matched the giraffe theme and “pin the spot on the giraffe” game. The game was a total last minute addition and our friends helped us out last minute. We used leftover stickers from labeling the treat bags and water bottles as the “spots”. The kids loved it, so I’m really glad we thew it together.
And now, the best photos of all… the birthday boy!
And the fun was over when he flipped the cake onto the ground.
- All the custom made paper goodness, including invitations, cupcake toppers, stickers and signs: Flossy Stylish Design
- Cakes and cupcakes: Sweets by Meredith Rae
- Birthday plate and cup: Preppy Pickle
- Tissue pom wheels: PomPomSale
- Bow tie (and tie and diaper cover from first birthday pictures): JHP Couture