Ronin's Construction Themed First Birthday

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ronin turned one last week, which meant that it was time to have his very first birthday party over the weekend.  It was such a great day celebrating with family and friends.  First birthday parties always cracked me up pre kids.  I always wondererd why moms would go all out and spend so much time (and money) on a themed party, which the kid is not even going to remeber.  But what can I say...I am totally that mom that I used to think was ridiculous.  I mean you only turn one once, so go big (in my opinion).  I decided to do a "construction" themed birthday party and I had so much fun planning it.

Here are a few pictures from the day...

Here is the birthday backdrop.  I used contractors paper, which I purchased at Lowe's and taped it to the wall using blue painters tape.  The bilingual (ha) caution tape was purchased from Home Depot.  I made the Happy Birthday Ronin banner out of paint chips.  Ahh I felt SO guilty taking so many of those but they are free (makes me feel better to say that out loud) and I figured I am not the first mom who has had a crazy paint chip project idea.  I bought pre cut letter stencils from the dollar store, traced the letters on the back of the paint chips and cut them out.  I punched holes in each letter and strung the string though.  So simple.

The main table setup.  I used a drop cloth for the table cloth.  I put the food on our center island in the kitchen and made this more of the snack/ decorative photo op spot.



I purchased the bucket and danger sign from Home Depot each for $2.  I bought the construction hats from Oriental Trading Co.  I put the silverware in a paint container purchased from Lowe's.  As I was in Home Depot looking like a hot mess with my kids I ran into the store manager and we struck up a little convo.  I told her about my party theme and she loved it.  She was the nicest lady ever and gave me tons of tiny Home Depot "Kids Workshop" aprons and dozens of Home Depot balloons for free!  My plan was to have each child who came wear an apron and hat.  Well that plan failed.

I did get one little guy who was willing to take a picture in the outfit (thank you Max).  I may or may not have bribed him with cake.

But before I could get a picture of us three it was off in a flash.  Note to self:  No costumes at next party.  Kids are apparently too cool now-a-days.


At least my friends and sister were good sports and amused me ;)

The birthday cake.  I got the inspiration after googling "construction cakes."  Who knew how many awesome cakes would appear with that search.  I made two small vanilla cakes, iced them with chocolate frosting, woopsie forgot to frost the two together in the middle but whatever.  I crushed up Oreos for the dirt and found the construction themed toppings at the dollar store. 




 A close up.  It was not perfect by any means but I feel like a construction themed cake should be slightly imperfect so it worked.

Test driving his new ride from Grandma and Papa, with his brother all up in his grill of course.  He loves this and has not stopped climbing in it and beep beeping the horn all around the house since he got it. 


 Not too sure at first...

Total cake fan.

Such a fun day and party!  And if you are reading this and you came, thanks again! Meant so much to have you there. xo

22 comments:

Jamie said...

What a cute theme!

Lauren said...

so cute! love all the details!

EBCL Family said...

What fun! Your dress is so cute-- where's it from? Thanks :)

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

EBCL Family- my dress is from Macy's :)

Alexa said...

Oh my gosh Lindsay. I can't believe that he is one already!!! He is such a sweetheart, and adore the party you put together. You girls in the aprons is such a classic shot! :)

Ashley said...

YOu did such a great job and I absolutely love the cake!!

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Danielle said...

Love this! My favorite design element is the letters made out of paint chips. Love the dress do, where did you pick that up?

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Super cute Lindsay! I love, love the name banner out of the paint chip cards.

Heather J said...

It turned out so cute Lindsay! Fun memories I am sure. He's a cutie!

Ruthie Hart said...

This is so perfect girl! I love love love the theme! and the cake :)

Ambria Haught said...

I LOOOOVEEEEE the main table setup! Its so creative and looks awesome and I bet the cake was delicious since it looks awesome :)

Lauren said...

Love it, so cute! I think you got a few good pics, and with little ones that's quite a feat!

alicia said...

super cute party!!

Tiffany said...

This was such a cute idea! Kind of makes me want a boy. lol

Brianna said...

you're a rockstar mom! SUCH a cute idea and I LOVED the cake! absolutely perfect!!

lese said...

Love your red shoes. Party is way cute too.

lese said...

Love the red shoes! Party is way cute too!

Jzabela De Paz said...

Happy birthday Ronin! :) Great party mama ;)

Mindy said...

Um, totally adorable. Now I wish my little man was younger again so I could steal the theme. :)
Everything is super cute and looks like everyone had a good time.

Felicia said...

The picture of Max and the last picture of Ronin... I am dying they are sooooo cute!!! Of course I love the picture of us girls too! ;) The party was absolutely fantastic! No mama could have done a better job! Max and Ronin are so lucky to have such a wonderful mama and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful friend! I am so glad we could be there and celebrate Ronin! xo!

Heather @ Finding Beauty in the Ordinary said...

how precious! happy birthday, ronin!

Anonymous said...

Where are those red shoes from!?!

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