It is still sinking in that Clark is already ONE!!
We have had such a wonderful year with our boy. He is sweet and friendly and just so stinkin’ cute!! We could not be more proud! So to celebrate, we knew that we wanted to throw him a birthday party.
With a name like his, it’s hard not to think of Clark Kent. Even Clark thought of himself as Superman. (Remember his 4 month photo?) So I really wanted his party to have a Superhero theme. (Which you may have guessed from my hint a couple weeks ago)
Bob found really cute invitations on Vistaprint that totally fit our theme and featured a little boy that we both thought sort of resembled Clark.
I went with yellow, blue and red as the main colors when I set the table with our party food.The red table cloth is just one of those plastic ones you can get at any party store (they are pretty cheap and I like to use them when we have parties because you can just throw them away after if any big spills/messes happen). The blue and yellow “runner” is made out of fabric napkins that I already had.
You can see from the picture that we had a lot of food. We chose to go with several choices of heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a meal. Here’s a menu breakdown:
- mini pigs in a blanket
- sausage wontons
- homemade mac n’ cheese
- deviled eggs
- italian pinwheels
- baked brie
- cocktail meatballs
- homemade salsa and chips
- veggie tray
- fruit salad
- potato chips/pretzels
We hung a few balloons over the table and I made some tissue poms to hang above the bay window where we put the gifts.
We sort of have two doors that lead into our house. The front door that opens to a small vestibule with a coat closet and then a door that leads into the living room. I decorated the living room door to look like a telephone booth. Ya know, so everyone could change into their alter-egos before coming in to the party.
I hung Clark’s monthly pictures from the mantel by stapling them to a couple pieces of thick ribbon. I also had a lot of fun making comic book speech bubbles to hang around the house. (BANG!)
See that last picture of Clark on the mantel? On Friday, my mom and I dressed him up as Clark Kent for a little photo shoot. I made the blue onesie and he wore it on Saturday for the party.What a cutie! This picture cracks me up!
On one of the walls in our living room, I wanted a comic book-esque city scape for people to use as a photo backdrop to take silly pictures.
My mom and brother-in-law Kevin did an awesome job executing the project! It came out exactly how I had envisioned it!I made a few props (a cape, couple masks and some speech bubbles to hold) and a few people were brave enough to take some pictures at the beginning of the party.
Bob’s mom, Bob’s sister-Leslie, my sister-Ellen
(Hope my mother-in-law forgives me for posting this picture)
Christine and Dave
Seriously…save the date photo? 🙂
Clark with Christine and Brittany (appropriately in her Clark Kent glasses)
My dad with Clark
And of course I wanted a family photo. This was the best one we got because Clark thought my mask was hilarious.The speech bubbles got used for regular photos too, since some people felt “too cool” for the backdrop.
My Mom and her dog, Jake
Most of the guests were adults. But Clark got to play/flirt with Izzy (20 months) while we all oohed and aahed at how cute they were.Oh yeah, and see the TV in the background? I made a slideshow of pictures from Clark’s first year that we played on mute in the background throughout the party. (I’ll post the slideshow later this week or next)
Of course, no birthday is complete without cake! Clarky got his own cupcake when we sang him Happy Birthday. He kind of liked it, but by this point, he was pretty tired so he didn’t eat very much.
I had big plans to decorate the cake in some really cool way, but when it came down to it, I ran out of time and ended up with this.It’s a double layer yellow cake with chocolate icing. My mom made it, and the tray that it’s on is the one she always used for our birthday cakes growing up. Gotta love that 70’s yellow paisley! 🙂
Shortly after cake, Clark went down for a nap, so most guests started leaving. I made sure guests didn’t leave empty handed. Everyone got a little bag of sugar cookies that I decorated with a number 1 in the Superman symbol. This was after the party, when most of the favors were gone.
When Clark woke up, we opened his gifts. (Clark is so very loved by friends and family!!) Our mantel still looks like this from all the cards he got.It was a great day of celebrating our little guy and a full year of being parents! Thanks so much to friends and family who helped make it so special!! (And a special thanks to my mom, Leslie, Kevin, and Ellen who REALLY helped with cooking and setting up the decorations!)