For Gregory’s 1st birthday party, I wanted to take advantage of our backyard (which we were seemingly using more and more as our little guy was becoming more mobile) as well as the autumn weather setting in (if you could call it that, since South Florida rarely seems to notice any seasonal changes). I brainstormed on all the different themes I could incorporate with an outdoor party. I wanted something that would be enjoyable for both adults and children. I didn’t have many toddlers on my guest list, however, I wanted Gregory to be able to enjoy his party (even if he would only remember it through pictures).
Being a big fan of nursery rhymes, I decided on Old MacDonald had a Farm.
And so, the planning began…
Did I mention, I was NINE months pregnant for this party? Our daughter was born only 9 days later!
Cookin' my little chick & party planning!
As with any occasion, we marked Gregory’s first birthday (and party) with a photoshoot with our dear friend and photographer Melissa Rivera, of Love Bug Photography.
Keeping with the theme, the “Grub” for our party was BBQ-styled and catered by Char Hut. We had burgers, BBQ chicken, baked beans, pasta/potato salad, chips, veggies, corn on the cob, and cole slaw. Sadly, I didn’t catch a picture – but for our cooler, I bought a wheelbarrow filled it with ice and drinks – it was one of my favorite details.
I made signs for the party out of ply wood and farm-themed fabric. I used the signs to direct our guests to the party, the food, the bathroom (“Outhouse”, pictured below), the activities, and to wish the birthday boy a Happy Birthday.
My husband added the toilet paper…so appropriate!
We rented a tent and round tables/chairs, for our guests to enjoy themselves (and to block out that October heat…!). I used red gingham table cloths and made centerpieces with apple baskets, hay, and “1″ signs placed in the middle.
The activities for the party were baby “Hay Rides”, for which we used my son’s new red wagon from his grandma and grandpa, and the “Petting Zoo” which included pony rides. Both were a smash hit! We had tons of animals – a pony, baby cow, chicks, goats, and chickens. Magical Moments Party Rentals brought all these furry and feathery friends to our party. They were phenomenal! The animals were obviously well taken care of, and this family run business (the whole gang came – mom, dad, grandpa, and the kids) was a pleasure to work with. The animals were friendly and PATIENT with our little ones!
Our petting zoo
Gregory on his first pony ride!
Our family of three (and a bump) playing with the animals!
Our hay rides set up for our little farmer friends!
What party is complete without CAKE?! Especially for the FIRST birthday boy – who hadn’t yet learned the deliciousness of a birthday cake! We went to our friends at Cake Creations (Pembroke Pines), to design the perfect first birthday cake!
It was perfect, fun, and matched our theme perfectly!
The birthday boy LOVED it…!!!
He could careless about taking a picture!
We had a great time celebrating our baby boy’s first birthday! All of our guests came decked out in their country best, we chowed down on some of the farms best grub, hung out with the animals, and rode around the country on hay rides. It was a great theme, and a great party!