Throwback: Lucca's 1st Birthday Party

Thursday, September 24, 2015



We're a week away from Lucca's second birthday, so I thought I'd do a little throwback to his first birthday bash from last year. I never posted about it-- I wanted to, but in between loading the 10,000 photos and backing up my computer a million times, a year passed by and here we are. At least now I can try and free up some space on all of our devices to try and capture this year's birthday...
Celebrating Lucca's first birthday was so important to us. Yes, we had a one-year-old but it was also a family celebration like, "Oh my God! We made it through our first year as parents!". So naturally, we invited all of our family and friends, partied with the kids, ate cupcakes and other yummy Fall treats, and somehow, after Lucca finally crashed from his cupcake high at the end of the night, the adults kept the party going with beer pong and flip cup in the basement. 
Because you know, that's how you celebrate first birthdays.

I spent a lot, and I mean ALOT of time on Pinterest to try and find cute themes for his birthday. As many of you know, I hate anything cartoonish, babyish.. all of that crap. And he's a baby still, so what did he care? I decided on a pumpkin theme and loved it. Yes, I went all out and ordered special invitations and a personalized shirt for him to wear. But in the end, Lucca was excited about all the pumpkins, I was excited that our house was decorated for my favorite season.




The end result was perfect. Pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin beer, yummy treats for the kids (and big Kids), outdoor games and pumpkin activities inside (including a picture frame 'guestbook' for everyone to sign) and a beautiful Fall day. I stuck with a color scheme-orange, black and white, and stayed away from anything too kitschy or Halloween-ish. I had a picture in my head of exactly how I wanted it to be--something I could live with in my house even after the party was over. I was damn proud of that birthday party. I even made a hashtag for the festivities. 



I can honestly say that party was one of my highlights of Motherhood.  
First birthday party planning: "Check, check, hellll yeah I Pinterest-ed my ass off and everyone had a great time--annndd check."
At the end of the day, Lucca was practically bouncing off the walls. He tore through presents like it was his job, and was so happy to be around family and friends, laughing and playing until he literally could not keep his eyelids open. I couldn't have asked for a better day.
This year, I gave in to the cartoonish crap that I loathe because my kid is freaking obsessed with Toy Story. I want to see him happy and excited to have Buzz Lightyear overload--just for him. That's what it's about, right? I can deal with 1 1/2 hours of in-your-face Toy Story party gear. And this year, we decided to skip the house party and opted for a party at a local kid's gymnastics spot instead. So far, it seems to be way less stressful as far as planning goes, and hey, that also means no set-up/clean-up for me! 
And no beer pong.

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