We decided to have a library themed party for Harry’s first birthday. We chose this theme because we want to promote reading, of course, and because Harry loves his books. We also go to a weekly library that Harry really enjoys. I started the party with the invitations. I had a great idea of how I wanted it to look, so I got it done a couple MONTHS in advance. But once I had the invitation done, I needed to start planning the actual party and I realized my idea wasn’t quite as broad as I had thought. But, I was very happy with the way it all came together and I believe both Harry and our guests had a good time.
I mimicked the old libabry check-out cards for the invite. I bought some old books at a thrift store to create a pocket that the card would slip into.
I made this shirt for Harry. I used some iron on bonding to adhere the ribbon suspenders and the one. The bow tie I glued on with a hot glue gun.
While most of the party was outside, I did put up some decorations inside as well. I found some cute 4×6 card packs on sale in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby. I punched holes and threaded them with yarn to make the banner. Harry liked them.
I made banners out of old children’s books.
We put clusters of balloons nailed into the grass to add color to an area where we couldn’t otherwise hang anything. It looked great.
Along the side of the house that has a wooded fence, we put up library sections and posters with books related quotes that I made on my computer then had printed at Staples. I decided to go with a chalkboard look so that I could print in black and white without losing any of the effect I was going for.
We put library section sings all around the yard, wherever we could find a way to make them stick. This were hung on the balcony that over looks the backyard.
We hired a taco man for the main food, but wanted to make sure there were baby friendly foods as well. I do think many of our guest (not just the little ones) enjoyed the option of Peanut Butter and Marshmallow or Cream Cheese and Jelly sandwiches.
I wanted to make sure there was something for the kids to actually do at the party besides just sit around, so I had an arts and crafts station and we gave out books as the party favor. At the arts and crafts station, they could decorate party hats, decorate a bag to take home their goodies in, mold something out of play dogh and color.
I local thrift store sells children’s books for 25 cents, so I was able to get enough that each child could pick one to take home as a favor.
I made three types of cupcakes, Almond Joy, Lemon Delight, and Blue Suede. They were all pretty good, but my favorites were the Blue Suede and Lemon Delight.
I bought two packs of the candles that spell out Happy Birthday and swapped out the p’s for r’s and spray painted them so the candles would spell Harry’s name.
This shot cracks me up! Harry didn’t want to touch his cake at first, but once I finally got him to taste it, he realized he liked it after all. He wanted to give it a big hug!
This is Harry with one of his Aunties who he doesn’t get to see too often, Paul’s sister Kristi.
Harry with Grandpa.
This is Harry’s cousin Gia.
One of my dearest friends Tiffiny was able to make it!
Harry enjoyed some time with Grandma Katie before the party got started.
Randi and I met last year in our new mom’s group right after our babies were born. Her little guy, Charlie, is one of Harry’s first friends.
Dan is one of Paul’s oldest friends. They went to high school together and Dan one even one of Paul’s best men in our wedding. It was great to see Dan and Sarah as they live pretty far and we don’t the opportunity too often.
This is Grandma Katie with Harry’s youngest cousin, Luka, who is only a month old!
These are my parents, Dan and Mary. Harry loves his grandma and grandpa!
This is my Grandpa, so Harry’s Great Grandpa, with one of my younger cousins Tommy. We were so glad they were all able to come.
There was a great turn out for the part! We were so glad to see everyone and it was fun to gather all the kids for a picture.