according to boyle · May 18, 2016

calvin’s 1st birthday

Be prepared for an onslaught of photos, people. Cal’s birthday, for me, was so relaxed and fun. I really prefer hosting parties at my house for one reason: being able to slowly prepare and decorate before the day of. If you show up at my house within a month of a major event (i.e. Calvin’s birthday), you are almost promised a peek at the decorations. Food somehow always comes last but also always manages to be pretty fantastic.

For Cal’s actual birthday, we had just the fam. Jerry took the day off from work and we started at Balsam Bagels because that’s where all good days should start, am I right?

Olivia was just as into celebrating our little guy as we were. She kept asking to feed him, hold his drink, laugh at his antics…grade A big sister, over here. And, yes, we are all still in pajamas except my “pretty dress” daughter who lives and breathes (and sleeps in) dresses.

We spent the rest of the day playing with Cal’s favorite toys, eating his favorite foods and taking a family nap (my favorite part) before it was time for dinner and cake – Calvin’s first cake!

Of course Olivia and I were close by to help him finish what he started.

Then the obligatory post-birthday cake bath!

Personal space, much, O?

That weekend we had Calvin’s party!

We went minimalist woodland for the theme and, as I mentioned, the decorations started going up well before the big day. We stuck with the black/white/grey color scheme to avoid the decor being overwhelming for the mostly over 1 crowd.

Ollie really liked pointing and giggling at all the pictures of Calvin on the wall since they were right above “her seat” at the dinner table every night. Somehow, no one pulled on any of the gold triangle garland until after the party was well over.

Even though I think the decorations were super cute, the food was excellent.

The Menu

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Chicken or Beef Sliders
  • Corn Dog Mini Muffins
  • Berry Salad (Blue, Black, Straw, Rasp, Done)
  • Veggie Platter
  • Cheese Curls
  • Mini Donuts
  • S’more Cupcakes
  • Hedgehog Shaped Oreo Bites
  • Smash Cake

I feel like there was more but I don’t have photographic proof to back me up.

The weather ended up being amazing for mid-March and the party ended up outside…where I didn’t decorate. BUT it meant that Cal got to smash his birthday cake in the same chair in the same place that Olivia did!

Cue the Momotions!

It really was a great day. And all of this “we” mentioned in the post means me, my girlfriend, Tori, and my sister, Sarah. I really couldn’t have done it without them and come up for air to actually enjoy Cal’s first birthday party. It was the most fun I’ve had a party I’ve been in charge of probably ever. Yeah. Ever.

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