Per several people’s requests, here are additional photos from Jack’s First Birthday Party and additional information for Announcing a Miracle.
I got the balloon wreath idea from PartylikeaKid.com with a complete tutorial listed. Believe me, I am not a crafty person in the least, and all I needed was instructions, and off I went. My progress was posted on Twitter @Mallaidh and while watching TV a few nights, it was completed. I used approximately 220 balloons on the wreath.
I made these cookies on and off the week of the party. I made the icing from a container of icing and adding small teaspoons of water until it became a very smooth and “liquidy” texture. Four squirt bottles and some food coloring later, we had some pretty cookies! (Dough was from Sam’s Club economy sized Pillsbury sugar cookie dough)
I picked up two arrangements of balloons from Mainsource, a grocery store down the street. The balloons were cheap, maybe $8 total for everything and were by far Jack’s favorite thing about the party.
Thrilled doesn’t describe how I feel about the party pack that Pam from Announcing a Miracle made for me! Because of my crazy schedule and the lack of a fully functioning printer, I asked Pam if she could print and assemble the pack for me when she mailed it. (Yes, I did pay extra) For me, it was the best gift I could give myself for this party! She thought of the little things like grosgrain ribbon to string between the birthday banner and the perfectly tied ribbons on the hanging tags. Perfect all around!
Jack’s outfit for the day was simple. The shirt was ordered from ALM Designs on Etsy.com. She was great! The shirt was custom made by her, sewn in and will (hopefully) last him until his second birthday. Jeans from Baby Gap, shoes by Stride Rite.
I used Shutterfly.com to make a First Year Photo Book for the partygoers to look at while they talked and I also included a pen with the book so that they could each write a message for Jack to read when he is older. It was easy, cheap and a big hit!
We had a very fun celebration, and I was thrilled that my sisters and my Mom were all there to celebrate with Jack. It was also my Mom’s birthday, so we sang to her and Jack. And yes, that is icing in my hair and on my sweater. Jack loved every minute!