March 20, 2011

Turning 1 is Just Ducky

Joycie turned 1 on March 5th. And me – her type A mother – had been planning her party since I was 5 months pregnant with her. So pulling everything together was pretty easy.

In case you didn’t catch it by the title, the them for Joycie’s party was rubber ducky.

DSC_0266 My mother-in-law made this gorgeous cake for all the guests to eat. It was a yellow cake with homemade buttercream icing. We decided to make the ducky pink, since Joycie’s favorite bath toy is her pink rubber ducky.


This is Joycelen’s smash cake. The duckies on this cake were part of the party favors that I ordered from Oriental Trading company. Each child got their chose of rubber duck (pirates for the boys, princesses for the girls & bubbles). The favors were such a hit that the adults were snagging some for themselves.

DSC_0272 This is a shot of the cake table. It is hard to make out – but the window behind the table has a valence of pink and white streamers.

DSC_0286Joycie had 2 outfits for her party. This picture show her in her dress that she wore to welcome guests. The personalized banner was another Oriental Trading company find.

DSC_0315  The morning of the party was dreary and I was certain it would rain. However, by party time, the weather had turned into a gorgeous sunny day. We moved everything outside and took advantage of the new patio furniture that my parent’s gave us a gift. Joycie was not impressed by her smash cake – she spent more time playing with her duck.

Since all of the kids at the party were older (4-11 years) we just let them play in our yard. They rode power-wheels, played in mud puddles, had baseball games, and of course chased bubbles.  The adults sat under our carport and enjoyed the day.

I admit that not everything that I had planned for the party happened  -- no games were played, and I totally forgot to show the slideshow that I created.

But it was a great day where we were able to celebrate Joycie, suriving the first year of parenthood, and thank everyone who had helped us!


Erica said...

awww! Too cute! Looks like you did an awesome job with the planning :) Love the cakes!

Jennifer said...

We did the same theme for EmmyKate's first birthday! I think bathtime for all 1 year olds has to be their favorite time of day. I love what you did with it.

Michaela (aka Mama Michie) said...

Looks like a fun party! Love the ducky cakes!!