So my little bug turned one last weekend! Where did the year go? I feel like I was just posting about our brand new baby and now he’s quite the active little boy. But enough of the sappy mom syndrome and onto the party. We decided to keep things on the simpler side and had a small casual bug-themed BBQ for our families.
The mantel was cute-ified with a Very Hungry Caterpillar banner created by Will’s particularly crafty grandma.
Guests young and old got into the spirit of things with fake spider rings.
Colorful bowls of candied watermelons and neon gummy worms were set about for nibbling as guests chatted.
We paired grass green silverware with bright green plates to add color to the table and decorated cheap IKEA vases with little felt ladybugs purchased at a craft store.
Guests snacked on carrots and potato chips with “bug dip”, which was inspired by Taste of Home, while plastic bugs adorned the various serving platters.
Watermelon, baked beans and butterfly pesto pasta salad accompanied platters of homemade burgers and brats.
We made picnic ant cupcakes, inspired by the Hostess with the Mostess, to match the piece de resistance – Will’s mini vanilla bean birthday cake. I’ll post more details about the mini cake soon!
The birthday boy was quite the ham and had a grand time playing in his caterpillar shirt made by NaptimeCraftMommy.
I can’t believe our little peanut is already one year old. Time sure flies! To commemorate the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, we threw our man a Little Peanut Party. As a child, I was obsessed with elephants (and still am). We often refer to Lincoln as “Peanut,” so the theme just came together. This party was fun and very cost effective, as a large bag of peanuts costs, well…peanuts.
I came across this Debbie Mumm fabric at JoAnn’s and couldn’t resist. With the help of my sister who freehanded the letters on card stock, the cheap and easy Happy Birthday sign was strung on ribbon and pinned to the fabric and table. I designed the invitation (which is available on my Etsy shop, Morning Star Designs).
Guests were treated to an array of themed homemade goodies, from Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes, to Elephant Ears, to Peanut Brittle.
Lincoln tore into a piece of Mommy’s labor of love elephant cake. The cake was baked in a Wilton cake form using the Wilton recipes for butter cake with buttercream frosting.
Guests drank from elephant toe cups, silver cups with cut labels to resemble toenails.
Peanuts were strung from the chandelier in the dining room tagged with pictures of Lincoln throughout his first year. Vases of peanuts and stuffed elephants were placed on the table as centerpieces.
The kids received bubbles as party favors, while the adults each received a bag of roasted peanuts with a special note from Lincoln.
The birthday boy was very excited for his party! Thanks to everyone for making it such a special day!