Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ready for the party!

Well, aside from purchasing the groceries, making the cupcakes and picking up the sandwich platter before the party on Saturday, we're ready for Jordan's first birthday party!

Actually, there wasn't that much to do. It's going to be really super simple. We are pretty much doing the exact same thing we did for Logan's first birthday.

We rented a small room at the local community center for about an hour. We will be having small Hawaiian roll deli sandwiches I ordered from Meijer and a platter with grapes, baby carrots, pretzels and pickles. We will have funfetti cupcakes with vanilla frosting and sprinkles.

After lunch and cake, we will be going to the AWESOME pool area for open swim. It's got a big twisty waterslide, a kids' waterslide, a twirlpool, fountains and more, and it's a LOT of fun. The photos from the community center's website don't really show how great the pool area is, but here's an idea:

Since we don't have a ton of time in the room and since swimming is the main activity (and since it's a party for a ONE year old) we're not doing much in the way of games or anything like that. We are bringing a bunch of different sized beach balls and some big coloring books and crayons to keep the kids occupied 'til it's time to go swimming. I think the balls will be a hit, actually, if Logan and Jordan are any indication. They've been having, well, a BALL with them ever since I blew them up.

We're keeping the decorations simple too. We will have very limited time to decorate and undecorate, so we'll have maybe a couple balloons on Jordan's portable high chair and I have this thing that spells out HAPPY BIRTHDAY that I'll hang above the food table or somewhere and that's about it. I found a box with all the leftover Elmo stuff from Logan's first birthday and there's plenty of that left, so we're going to have an Elmo tablecloth, plates, napkins and cups.

Instead of goody bags, I selected an age-appropriate book for each child to take home. I'll wrap those up in tissue paper or something.

And that will be that for the party.

Oh, here's the invitation. I just made it on the photo maker machine at Wal-Mart.

As for gifts, we're keeping it very simple there, too. When Logan turned 1 we got him a sandbox, but his birthday is in the spring and he was our first kid. Since Jordan has all Logan's stuff PLUS he just got a lot of toys for Christmas, he has more toys than any child needs. He is ALL SET for toys! Therefore, we wrote "gifts not necessary, but if you'd like to help Jordan build his library, books would be appreciated" on the invitations.

Logan picked out a book for him and I got him a new Baby Bjorn potty (No, I'm not starting to PT yet, but when Logan was one, I put one in the bathroom and it allowed him to get used to it and comfortable with it and potty training was a breeze. Jordan already likes his a lot. We let him try sitting on a couple different ones at Babies R Us, and this one worked best for his short little legs.) I also got him an untreated wooden bowling set and a Rainforest Music CD to sleep to.

Oh, and I picked up this cute little outfit for him to wear at his party.

So, I guess we're ready except... I'm not ready for my little baby to turn one yet!


Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

soooo cute! It looks like its going to be perfect!! I love that invitation!

Ashley said...

The baby bjorn potty is the BEST!