Hazeline’s Farm Themed First Birthday Celebration

Hazeline’s first birthday party this past Saturday was absolutely perfect.  I could relive it 100 times and it might not be enough.  As promised, I wanted to share a few pictures from the party.  I didn’t take very many pictures myself, but a friend took some pictures with my camera and I was able to get a few from others that uploaded theirs to Facebook.  Thank goodness for Facebook!

It all started with the invitation designed by Becca at Jumping Jax Designs.  (Please don’t ask why my child is outside in pajamas.  Turns out the only time I can get a picture of Hazeline without Greenleigh in the frame is if I do it at the crack of dawn and Greenleigh isn’t up yet.  Go figure.  This picture was taken at 7am.)My original thought was to have a pink farm theme, but as we got closer to the event, I realized that it was going to be extremely difficult to get farm themed supplies from the store in pink.  I considered having everything made custom, but I was running out of time, so after the invite we went with red with other primary color accents.

For entertainment we had a bounce house, petting zoo, and ponies.  The petting zoo was a total hit.  All the kids stood and watched as the animals arrived and they put the animals’ pen together.  The petting zoo was supposed to start at 11:30am, but they arrived a little early.  At that point the kids were all pressed up against the pen with such excitement in their eyes, I asked if they would start early.  The petting zoo people were super nice and agreed.I started by carrying her through the petting zoo, but she wanted to get down and explore on her own.  How could I say no?  It was her party.She was remarkably gentle with all the animals.  She just wanted to touch them all.  This one is probably my favorite picture:She’s like, “Um, Mom?  Are you sure this is okay?  What is this thing anyway?”  Oh, and that shirt she’s wearing was made by Cynthia at Baby Chichi Boutique.  That woman can make just about anything!  I was nervous to approach her with such a custom order, but she didn’t bat an eye and had something put together in a few hours.  The shirt was sent out a day or so later and arrived in no time.

She also got her very first pony ride ever.Big sister couldn’t get enough of the ponies, but was terrified of the petting zoo.  Every time I turned around, she was on a pony again.The bounce house was also a hit.  We had the bounce house on one side of our park pavilion and the petting zoo and ponies on the other side.  The kids just ran between both attractions, loving every minute.  And yes, that is my child pressing her self against the side like she’s a caged animal.  Oh my.I may have bounced in the bounce house myself…I had to test it and make sure it was safe…

Then came the best part – CAKE!  I just loved her cake.  It was made by Shannon at Cups & Cakes in Plantation, Florida.  Her cakes (or cupcakes for this party) look great, but taste even better.  Her vanilla cake is divine. 
I was always kinda “meh” about cupcakes for a party, but in this case it worked perfectly.  We didn’t do the cake until after the petting zoo closed at 1:15pm, and a few people had to leave before that.  Having cupcakes allowed us to give people their cupcakes “to go”.  Remember, a solo cup is a perfect cupcake carrier!Then it was smash cake time.  That large cupcake on the top tier was actually supposed to be her smash cake, but Hazeline is not big on cake.  She’s had it before and likes it, but there was no way she would even put a dent in that huge cupcake, so I decided to give her one of the regular size cupcakes with sprinkles on it.  She was a little unsure while we sang to her -Did I mention that it’s hard to avoid photographing Greenleigh – well, she even got to her sister’s smash cupcake!She finally got a chance to eat a little and seemed to enjoy it.  (Also, in case you missed my high chair birthday banner tutorial you can check it out here.)
This was about as messy as it got.  She’s so dainty compared to Greenleigh, who I had to hose down and put in all new clothes!Greenleigh enjoyed her cupcake too.

“Okay guys, I ate my cake.  Can I take a nap now?”So that was it – an amazingly wonderful perfect day.  Great friends, beautiful weather, and memories to last forever.  I know lots of people don’t do much for the first birthday, but I’m glad I went crazy on this one.  She might not remember it, but I will.  And it will always be in her scrapbook (when I finally get around to making it).  All the planning and work was so very worth it.

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  1. This is such an awesome theme! I have yet to plan my little one (Isla’s) first birthday party and it is a mere month away! Thanks so much for linking up at my Destination: Inspiration linky party last week. I hope you’ll be back this week as the party is going on now!

    http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com/2012/03/destination-inspiration-linky-party-8.html

    Michelle
    P.S. I LOVE your girl’s names. I so was trying to convince my husband on Haze if we had a boy!!

  2. Leonie says:

    This party looks adorable! I’m prepping for Maddie’s 1st birthday party this weekend and just spent the better part of the past three hours making jet puffed marshmallows look like little cupcakes on a stick (not quite a cake pop, but close enough). The things we do for our kids…who only have the pictures to remember it by. I have to say that the invention of Facebook, Etsy and Pinterest have taking party planning to a whole new level…talk about “keeping up with the Joneses.” I have to keep reminding myself that this is not a competition to have the best birthday party. Check out a girlfriend’s party for her daughter’s 4th birthday – http://www.thepartypressblog.com/2012/03/camis-artsy-4th-birthday-party/ – I am in party envy heaven and have vowed to steal this theme for Maddie one day. :) You did a great job and Happy 1st Birthday Hazeline!!!

  3. Yay Happy Birthday Hazie!!! We had so much fun and you did an AWESOME job with everything. When you have an older sister and include all your friends with kiddos, it’s totally worth it to go all out. So Fun!

    I’m also happy to hear that you managed to have a go in the bounce house before my son started telling all the adults they were too big and would pop it. :-/

    • admin says:

      Baylor is hilarious! I had no idea that he said that! I actually didn’t bounce in it until the very end of the party, so I think you guys had already left. And now that I think about it, one little girl did tell me that I was too big for it. Oh well – I threw the party, so I’m bouncing in the bounce house too!

  4. Rachel Marie says:

    I love this theme!! And the highchair banner — adorable :) I’m glad she enjoyed all the animals and her day. Such wonderful memories you all gained. Loving the cupcakes too … and that big one especially. the happily ever after project

  5. Visiting from the Blog Hop! How CUTE is this party?! My little guy just turned one and it’s such a special day (also a little sad too since he’s growing up!)

    I loved your birthday banner on her highchair and all the details! You’re so talented and creative :)

  6. Shelley says:

    What a fun party! Love the petting zoo idea :) And seriously, how cool that the pony had pink hair!

  7. That is so adorable. I think it’s fun to go all out even if THEY won’t remember it. Pictures are great, and it’s just fun for everybody else. I like the idea of a petting zoo. I’ve never heard of anyone that wasn’t a zoo or something. How fun.

  8. Dulce fresa says:

    Wow! I love the theme! the cupcakes look awesome!

  9. ToDoListMom says:

    WOW! I must have read your mind! I have planned a Farm theme for my son’s 2nd bday. We ordered a very similar invite from Etsy and also have a bouncy castle and petting zoo coming to the house…we live on a small lot in the city – could get interested.. LOL
    Found you from the Tues link up @ http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com/

    • admin says:

      Wow! That could get interesting! :) We live in a townhouse with virtually no yard, so home wasn’t really an option for us. Plus, our association would probably freak out. I hope all goes well for you and your son’s party is perfect. Thanks for stopping by!

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