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.

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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!

3 comments:

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!!