I will be the first to admit that his party was over the top. I really enjoy party planning to begin with so going overboard wasn't hard to do. I also realize that this was only a 1st birthday and that he won't remember it nor did he understand what was going on, but this was a celebration of his life and the journey to get him here.
The setting for the party was at our local golf club. Since I didn't want to go too fancy, we decided that we would have it outside in the wedding tent and do a fully catered barbecue. It was so nice having someone else do the setup, the cooking, and the cleanup, as I really was able to devote my time to Giovanni and our guests.
Giovanni is OBSESSED with Mickey Mouse so the theme was a no-brainer. In the pictures you will see a slew of decorations and I would like to point out that I made them all! Just call me Martha-Freaking-Stewart!
(the banner I made using foam sheets and card stock)
(the goody bags)
(these ears I made for the kids were super cute, but a super pain to make!)
(I made these centerpieces using clay pots, Styrofoam balls, and lots of spray paint)
(the party tent all decorated)
(the cake-vanilla with strawberry filling in the one layer and banana filling in the other)
(the birthday boy)
(trying to get him to wear his ears but he was having no part of it)
(my husband and I in the "Mickey" spirit)
(such a happy boy!)