Everything was just how I had imagined it. I'm not joking when I tell you that I pretty much started thinking about his first birthday right around the time he was born. One of my brothers was born the day after Christmas so I know firsthand that often times if you are born close to Christmas that it is inevitable that your birthday celebration is combined with a holiday gathering of some sort. I didn't want that to be the case for Evan, at least not this first year.
This is my husband helping me get ready.
In all seriousness, he was awesome. Thanks babe.
We had a great turnout of family and friends, and I am feeling so grateful that so many were able to squeeze our little gathering into their certainly busy weekend.
Evan participated in his first gift opening session. I was surprised that he didn't have much interest in it at all, not even that much in ripping the paper.
With my sister-in-laws timing suggestion, I tried to tempt the other little ones to stay occupied during gift time by visiting my favor bar.
My favorite part was the M&M's. I bought a party size bag each of plain, peanut butter, and pretzel. And they were served up in plastic pedestal bowls with mini scoops
It doesn't seem like they were a huge hit though, because I have a ton left. Not like I need to be eating M&M's for the next month, but it seems inevitable. On the same note, There was an absurd amount of food. Luckily my mom is having her Christmas party tomorrow, so I was able to pawn lots off on her! See, I guess there are some benefits to Christmastime birthdays after all. But seriously, I sent her off with two entire crock pots full of food.
A few weeks ago I got an idea for Evans cake. I wasn't sure at first that I wanted to take on the task of making the cake. I do love cooking and baking alike, it's the frosting part that is daunting to me. But I went for it.
I made a triple layer white cake. I caved and bought the shaped pan, because I didn't want to compromise on my vision. I used white frosting because it highlighted the surprise inside.
I dyed the cake! It came out just like I wanted it to, I was so pleased. My inspiration was actually a cake that was all the colors of the rainbow, but I think that was a little out of my league, and this worked perfectly since the only semblance I had of a theme was the use of primary colors.
Of course, I made a mini cake for Evan to destroy.
I got some small circular cake pans and went for the same concept, so this is a tiny cake tower, just for my little man.
Evan was pretty frightened when he realized that everyone was screaming the happy birthday song in his direction, but recovered quickly when presented with a mound of sugar. He was timid at first.
But it didn't take very long for him to figure it out.
And it seems Poppy was excited about the chocolate cupcakes.
Can I just tell you, I love this little cupcake tower. I see a lot more cupcake making in my future.
All in all we had such a wonderful day. And the cleanup was quick and painless surprisingly. Evan's actual birthday is this Wednesday coming up and I know that everyone says it all the time, but man time really does fly. This past year with him has been the most amazing year of my life. I love my little man more than words.
Happy Birthday Evan! xo