Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jayden's First Birthday Party

Monthly pictures.

The glass container on the left is Jayden's time capsule that people added things to. They could bring anything- lists, newspaper clippings, letters, music, pictures, videos etc. Some people got really creative and I enjoyed seeing them. Others put theirs in closed envelopes so I have no idea what's in them!

It seems we didn't get any pictures of the kids doing the dig for animals.
Toy animals were hidden in a bin of sand.

Even Jayden did it :)

Craft Table

I love that my cousin did one of the crafts so he could put it in his new baby's nursery. 

                                            So tiny!


My mom hard at work cooking! Thank you, Mom!!!

    "Watering Hole"                            Lemon-aid Stand

I don't know why we didn't get any close ups, but there is one of the water bottles with Jayden's birthday label on it.

I didn't realize until after the party how many things we missed getting pictures of. Like my centerpieces! As well as the cricut animals from my previous post, the centerpieces were animal print tins with crayons in them. We bought rolls of paper to use as table cloths so people could color on the tables. I also put animal print bandanas on the tables and "Happy Birthday Jayden" confetti, which were circles my mom and I printed and cut out using punches.

Jayden loved his dinner! He had tomatoes, eggplant, cheese ravioli, and fruit.

 My sister and brother in law were there via skype because my sister's doctor said she was too pregnant to travel. They saw a surprising amount of the party!



Look at the tail!!

It was a long day, but he just kept going strong.
Dancing, laughing, and even spinning around in circles!


We are so thankful for all our friends & family who came to celebrate with us!

 The next morning we went back over to my parents' house and Jayden loved going through his presents all over again.

 He looked at all his cards again. I think this will be the only birthday where the cards mean as much to him as the toys!

For those of you that missed the pictures of Jayden having cake, you can click here to see them.


  1. I am in the middle of planning of my twins first birthday party...did you make/print everything yourself? Or order it from Etsy? I am trying to do it on a budget and I would love some guidance from you..you sure covered everything and I love that it was all personalized! My email is michellefleurystanton@gmail.com....if you ever have a chance to email me!

  2. I ordered the design of the water bottles and bubble bottles from someone on etsy and then printed the labels. Waterproof vinyl labels for the water bottles and regular labels for the bubbles. Everything else, I made myself. (With some help from my mom.)

    I used cricut for a lot of stuff and I have details in previous posts about how I made some of the things.

  3. I cannot believe he is one already... Congrats mama!

    LOVE the pic with his hands over his ears!

  4. What an amazing party! You totally outdid yourself! Are you for hire?

    I'm glad that everything turned out as planned and that you all had a great time.

  5. what a fun b-day party. great job.

  6. AMAZING woman. You need to throw my next party!!!!!

    I cannot believe that J is a year old already. WOW.

  7. Wow, you went all out! Great party. Can't believe we adopted our daughter 7 weeks ago! Time goes too fast!!

  8. Wow. Wow. Wow.

    You are the most amazing mom and party hostess EVAH!