(after this pic I realized my table was not centered and fixed it lol)
I used scrap paper I already had in my stash for the cardstock circle garlands and the #3/Happy Birthday hanging cutouts.
I had planned on having these accordion circles hanging from the ceiling but when I went to put everything up it just didn't work. Instead I hung them as a backdrop.
The All Aboard banner was made with scrap paper I had in my stash. I didn't do the typical Happy Birthday banner because I had one already made from last year and I had enough hanging from the ceiling with Happy Birthday on it I thought it might be a little overkill to have a banner too.
This is the first birthday of Grant's I didn't do cupcakes. I couldn't figure out a way to decorate them that satisfied me and when searching online I found some really cute round cakes that were decorated simply enough I thought I could do something similar. I haven't decorated a cake since my sister's graduation party and I swore I would never use fondant again, which meant every detail on the cake was gonna have to be piped by hand by me. That's a lot of pressure on this mama, and looking back I should have just made the cupcakes and stuck to what I know I'm good at.
I chose a pumpkin flavored cake with cream cheese frosting. It took me forever and a day to decide on a cake flavor. I knew Grant wouldn't really care and we would be left with any that didn't get ate so I didn't want a plain old chocolate or vanilla, that's just not my style. I decided on pumpkin because it's October and I love the smell of anything pumpkin flavored baking in my house. I also made Butter Cookies, a signature cookie of my mom's. She used to make these for every Halloween, Christmas, and Easter. Every time I smell them baking I think of so many Holiday memories, and I've made them for every one of Grant's birthdays so far.
There weren't many things to actually buy for decorations this time around. Other than the balloons, table cloth, streamers, and some cardstock. Which was great because I got to use up some of the craft supplies I already have and it kept costs down.
I didn't do a whole spread of food this year since I'm pregnant, working part time, and I figured it was ok to cut myself some slack and take the easier way out by ordering pizzas and buying a couple 2 liters of pop. I usually go a little overboard at showers and birthdays with all the food and then I'm left with a ton of leftovers, and spend the whole 2 hours before the party cooking and cleaning up the kitchen before people arrive. I knew with me doing the cake during Grant's naptime I wouldn't have much time to cook a meal then clean everything before people started showing up. And lets face it sometimes it's nice to not stress yourself out. It seems the last hour before every party I've done is me being short with everyone, aggravated that certain things aren't done or people are in my way, and me runnin around like a chicken with no head. It wasn't worth it this year, and given Grant's pickiness with food, I'm sure he more than appreciated the pizzas since it's one of the few things he loves eating.
After everyone left my husband and I sat there surrounded by toys, boxes, and wrapping paper and it was the feeling you get when Christmas is over. All the build up and waiting all year then it's over and all I could think was, another year gone. Another year celebrated. Another year before the next one. It's exciting to think next year Grant will have a brother or sister to celebrate his birthday with.
Until next year!