Tuesday, November 1, 2011

O's 1st Birthday Costume Party

Every time we have a party, I tell myself that I am going to be ready early so I can take fabulous pictures of everything before the party starts.  I am now just going to accept that it will not happen.  I try to do too much, I wait too long to start putting it all together, and I will never have pretty pictures of a food table because my guests are already here when it comes out of the oven. (If you ever get to my house early right on time, you will be frosting cookies or plating food.)

But I refuse to be disappointed about the ribbons that were never tied around the centerpieces, the chocolate covered pretzels that didn't happen, or the nasty storm that kept us all inside.  We had a great time!  Our friends & family all arrived with some awesome costumes, we enjoyed too many treats, and everyone had a blast at O's first birthday party!

Here are some of the highlights:

I have to share the adorable invites from Kottage on 5th.  I got a ton of compliments on them.

I wrote about some of the treats here & here, and you can see details about a lot of the others on my "O's 1st Bday Ideas" Pinterest board.  Pictured here are the favor pails and lollipop spiders on web fabric, hanging decorations & my mantle decorated with mummy lights & containers of candy, goblin brownies, pumpkin pie dip, chocolate covered marshmallow pumpkins, and the centerpieces.

The favor pails included a mini pumpkin, spider rings, a ring pop with a silly mouth, a monster finger puppet, and Halloween rubber ducky, lollipops, pencils, stickers, & bubbles.  I also put some of the chocolate covered marshmallow pumpkins in take-away bags and offered lollipop spiders to the grownups.

Way too many adorable costumes, and I'm so sad I didn't think to get a group pic of the dozen munchkins we had.

The big kids got in on the fun, too!

The craft table was a hit, and they also entertained themselves by running in circles & showing off their muscles.

Happy birthday to my baby!  I am still in denial that you are one.  (And I have no idea why Hubby wanted to wear his mustache on his chin.)
Whew!  That was a lot of pics. Now that that is all done, I'm going to go get out the leftover cake & brownies (Leftovers are THE BEST part of hosting a party. Besides all our fun family & friends of course!) and enjoy the rest of nap time!  

Did you have a great Halloween?  If you posted about your Halloween celebrations, leave a link in the comments!


  1. Everything looks so great! I never manage to take good party pictures.

  2. What a fun looking birthday party! Looks like everyone had a blast, especially your little one-year old! :)
    Thank you so much for stopping by on my SITS Day a few days ago. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  3. Looks like the party was a blast! Thank you for sharing your great ideas!

    Kim - Also a Halloween baby! ; )


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