Monday, September 9, 2013

First Birthday Party

Wow, I can't believe it has been almost three weeks since my last post. Things have been so crazy. Between Giovanni's 1st birthday party, coordinating services for him, working, and trying to find time to emotionally process of everything, I haven't had time to do much else. I won't go into detail about what is going on with Giovanni as I have created a page to keep everyone up to date. It is called Giovanni's Journey. You can visit this page to get updates on his progress. So, instead of focusing on all of the negative stuff, I am going to devote this post to something happy...his birthday party.

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!)


  1. happy birthday to your beautiful son!!! giovanni is beautiful! what an amazing celebration! one, i'm sure you'll always remember. i love all the details you put into his party! wishing him an incredible next year ahead! lots of love xoxoxox