Noah asked for a red and blue train party, so I did my best to deliver. I was actually pretty excited about a red and turquoise color scheme. For his first birthday, the most effort went into the invitations. This year, I went with an evite. I was sad I didn't get to send out a pretty card, but I felt good about being greener by saving paper and about not spending money on postage. I consoled myself by mailing actual thank you cards after the party. Also, evite actually had a train birthday invitation that fit our color scheme perfectly, so this was meant to be.
I spent the most time on the making of decorations. I've had this vision of garlands strung under the patio roof and in the tree out by the sand box for a while now, so I went with it. It took a good while longer than anticipated (and it looked bleak for a while when my sewing machine broke again), but I loved my flags, so it was totally worth it.
The cupcake toppers were really cute, but I think I put too much work into them. Oh well - lesson learned for next time. Mainly, I don't think they needed to be double-sided.
For the cake, I used my fancy-schmancy train cake pan. The decorations came mostly from Sweet Factory and from Sprout's bulk candy aisle. It took about twice as long as anticipated to decorate the cake, but I'm very pleased with how the cake turned out. It was beautiful!
Debbie made. I emailed her a photo of my flag garland, and she nailed the color scheme. (She has more photos of the cookies here.)
|He laid down in the pool. It was actually pretty funny|
|Fountain play - the water squirts up at random, so it's hard to photograph.|
Noah was so excited about his gifts that he didn't fall asleep for a solid two hours after he went to bed.