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Monday, January 28, 2013

Owen is 1!

We celebrated Owen's 1st Birthday on Saturday, January 29th.
Owen's party was a First Class-themed celebration.

The Story of our theme...
Beginning when Owen was very small, I walked him to our mailbox late every afternoon to collect our mail (I love mail & check our mailbox religiously every day!). It just became "our thing", and now that  he's older, he has learned to open the mailbox and reach in to grab our mail. I chose a "First Class" theme to reflect our love of the mail!

The menu...
Whitt's BBQ pork
Baked beans
Pasta salad with fresh veggies
Birthday cake & ice cream

The details...
I decorated our dining room where we served the food & where Owen devoured his smash cake.
Inspired by Pinterest, I made the felt party hat and the highchair birthday banner. I used primarily reds and blues and also used Kraft shipping paper to bring in more First Class elements.
I used mini scrapbook envelopes as cards to label the food.
I selected one of our favorite pictures of Owen from each month and hung them on colored paper along with "long" wall of our dining room. I had 4x6 photo frames scattered around surfaces in the dining room & living room for our guests to take one of the pictures from the wall home in their frame.
We also put out Owen's baby book &  photo albums of pictures from the last year for our family and friends to reminisce about our little man.
We asked our guests to start a tradition that we plan to continue each year-We asked each one to write Owen a letter in a journal. We can't wait to share everyone's letters with him when he is older.

Our guests...
Grammy, Grampy, Auntie Abbey, Grandma, PawPaw, Aunt Erin, Pop, Marion, Ms. Laura, & Mr. Steven

The highlights...
Owen loved his smash cake (as evidenced below)...He wasn't just smashing it, he was eating it. The boy knows what to do with food! We in fact had to take it away from him after 35 or 40 minutes because we're pretty sure he would have eaten until he either fell asleep or made himself sick.

We made a day of opening gifts as there were so many. Since Christmas, Owen has definitely figured out a little more about opening presents. He loves the tissue paper & the ribbon.

Owen's First Class birthday was such a fun and special day. We so enjoyed sharing it with our family and friends!

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