I had been thinking a long time about what to do to celebrate Owen's first birthday. I looked on Pinterest of course for inspiration, asked my little sister what she thought, and tried to think of the very best theme, date, time, etc.
Eventually, I concluded that it was all a little too overwhelming for something he wouldn't even remember. I decided we would do a very simple celebration with a couple of friends on his birthday.
Then my two younger sisters came to visit, and last minute, we decided to throw him a party before they had to go home. They wanted to help with everything and be here to celebrate, so I figured, why not?
We chose a circus theme and I think it turned out great. He had fun and so did we.
The first thing we did was make some decorations. We loved this idea from pinterest. It was so easy and looked great! Kennedy and I used cups, bowls, and small tupperwares to make different size circles on bright colored paper. We cut them out and taped them to black thread and then taped them up on each side of the ONE letters that Katy had made.
We loved the highchair decorations from this party, so Katy and Kennedy made some just like it. Super cute!
I had red and white stripe fabric in my stash that went perfectly with the theme. We hung that up, used the extra paper circles to add decoration, and hung balloons.
For food, we had homemade corndogs, homemade mashed potatoes, fruit salad, circus animal cookies, cherry sours, and of course cupcakes!
Owen got an extra large cupcake all to himself (pictured in the center).
After eating dinner, Owen opened his present from Mark and Caitlin. He took the top tissue paper out, took his present out (a sheriff onesie!), and was so excited about the last tissue paper. To him, that was the real present!
We loved having Aunt Katy and Aunt Kennedy here! They were so much fun and so helpful and we sure do miss them!
We took a little break after dinner and before dessert to let the food settle. Owen loved playing with the big dice!
Here is his cake smash outfit!! I just thought it was the cutest thing.
Tie tutorial and pattern found here. I printed the pattern and followed her tutorial and it turned out great!
Diaper cover tutorial and pattern found here. As with the tie, I printed the pattern and followed the tutorial. I used size 12-24 months because my little man has a big bum! It was a little big, but the elastic made it fit just fine.
He didn't like the stickiness of the frosting at first, but I think he was enjoying it by the end.
After a nice bath to clean up, he relaxed with a bottle, then went to bed.
Happy birthday to my sweet boy!!