Birthday Preparations

March 04, 2012
My little boy is now 11 months old -- as of March 1. It is so crazy to think how quickly this time has gone by, and how many memories and amazing developments we have witnessed from this little being that only 11 months ago was incapable of staying awake for longer than one hour.

He is now able to stand and walk with the help of chairs or our hands -- though he is unable to keep his pants up for lack of a bottom. He can also communicate with us and understand what we are saying to him. I often fondly look back at the moments when he was sleeping on my chest, or watching the world in wonder. He still watches the world in wonder, but now a lot of things aren't new to him. He doesn't have that seeing-it-for-the-first-time wonder. But I'm trying to cherish every moment with him while it is happening, and look forward to the developments and adventures that will happen in the future.

In one month from today, we will be celebrating his first year on this Earth, and I just wanted to share with you a few of the items that I have for his party. I have big plans that are going to be awesomeeer, and I can't wait to post photos of his party for you -- but that will not be until April.

I sent the invitations out about three weeks ago because I made them myself and, well, I was just so excited about them and the party. I haven't heard back from everybody yet, but I'll hunt them down.

I found these straws at a shop called Hey Yoyo that is filled with fantastic goodies! I also picked up a few little paper bags for goodie bags. I'm not going to tell you my plans for the goodie bags because don't want to spoil the surprise, but I'm sure you can figure out what we'll be using the straws for -- spoiler alert: they're for drinking.

Last year, I bought a friend of mine a mustache from Whisker Works for her birthday -- I had so much fun playing with it that I actually gave it to her early. I want to have a little photo booth with fun props set up for the guest at the party, and I immediately knew that I would be going to that same shop for the mustaches. They are too much fun!

A little while ago, I saw this fantastic tutorial on Julie Ann's blog for a DIY wedding centrepiece. I knew it was something that I wanted to do, and I just-so-happened to have the exact frames that she used in the tutorial. They are such incredibly crappy frames that never want to stay standing up that I knew this would be a perfect use for them.

Then, a little while later, I saw this tutorial for decorating chalkboards and using them as frames for art on the blog Creature Comforts, and knew I had to do that one too. So, I combined the two tutorials to make my own little project. These little beauties will be greeting the guests and telling them what to do -- a-la Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Those are all of the secrets that I'm going to share. You'll get the bigger picture in about a month, don't worry :)


  1. Oh I love the idea of the photo booth. Those mustaches are too cute :)


  2. What fun DIY ideas! Cute blog!


  3. He is simply adorable :-)


  4. That is so awesome! What a great way to celebrate 1 year! He is TOOOOOO cute!!!!

    Hugs - Brandi

  5. Thanks everyone! He is probably the cutest kid I know :)

    Can't wait to share the rest of his birthday stuffs with you!

  6. I love that picture with his pants falling down. I wish we could have been there, it looks like you all had soo much fun.


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