Sunday, April 3, 2011

Braysen's First Birthday Party

I knew that Braysen's birthday party would be stressful, and I thought I was quite prepared. As it turns out, I really had no idea! Shortly after Braysen was born, I had his 1st birthday party narrowed down to 2 ideas. I'm so glad I went with the pirate idea, because my friend is doing the other one for her little boys' party at the end of this month! By January, after Christmas, I was in full-swing party mode. I liked the pirate theme, but was not too thrilled with some of the decorations I saw. It was either geared towards babies and was too babyish for my taste or was for grown ups and was too scary-looking for a first birthday part. That being said, I ended up making a lot of the stuff for his party.. After making one banner and realizing how horrible my cutting skills are (as if I didn't already know!) I broke down and bought a Cricut with my Christmas money. Get ready for an overload of pictures! I decided to put all the goodies on my cake blog, so you can find them here. Nicole at Touch the Heart Photography came out and took pictures. It was such a relief to not have to worry about my camera all day!

If you didn't already know, I'm a DIY type of gal. Sometimes if there is something I want, instead of buying it I try to see if I can make it myself. I found some really cute pirate cupcake toppers on another blog that I wanted to make but could not find a skull graphic that I liked. Everything I found was too scary looking. I broke down and decided to ask for help, and I'm so glad I did! Rhiannon at Doodlebug and Dimples came to my rescue. I owe her big-time! She was able to (very quickly, I might add) find a graphic and design something that looked almost identical to my inspiration photo. I ended up not using them on cupcakes, because by the time the party came around, my plans for the cupcakes changed. I used them on centerpieces, on the sticks for some of the goodies, and sprinkled some of them on the goodie table. I made the centerpieces and the table runners.

 The infamous "Amy-cut banner". All of the paper items after this banner was cut by the Cricut.

The first thing I made with my Cricut!

 Hard at work. I was so stressed at this point, I have no idea why I am smiling.

One of the best things we did? The bubble machine!


  1. Everything at the party was great, you did an amazing job...but I'd have to you were right on with the bubble machine. Best idea yet! Braysen is such a sweet baby and we were so happy to be a part of his big day!

  2. FABULOUS turnout, I love it all you are soo talented! Thanks so much for the cool feature I'm so glad I could help (=

  3. I am so sorry i missed it, but everything looks great! hes getting so big! WOW