I am so excited to share photos from Landon’s Peter Rabbit first birthday party a few weeks ago! As much fun as we had celebrating with all our family, friends, and their kiddos, I had just as much fun planning for the day. That may sound crazy to some, but I actually really love planning events as a hobby! Running my own full-time wedding photography business, you can imagine that I don’t have a ton of free time, so planning for this labor of love started back in January. Yes, when Landon was just three months… judge me. But I knew once wedding season was underway that planning time would be limited and I’m so glad I started when I did!
Deciding on a theme was probably the hardest part of the whole process — there are so many cool ideas and my friends would jokingly tell you I could plan parties for at least 10 more first birthdays if you let me :) One of my absolute favorite things to do with Landon is read; it’s definitely less so, these days, than it was back in January, but we had recently purchased the complete tales from Beatrix Potter and read several stories a day. He always seemed fascinated by the photos and stories and so I started jotting down ideas as we read each one. Between that and Pinterest, of course, the first birthday plan was born!
First, we had the food table — the most important part of any party because hungry guests aren’t happy guests! My favorite part of this set up is the adorable carrot pastries (filled with buffalo chicken dip — they were delicious!).
Next, we had the mimosa bar — an equally important part because, hey, parents need an escape too! We had the swingset outside for the kids and the mimosa bar for parents!
Finally, the dessert bar — my favorite part of all the decor! I had so much fun dreaming up these desserts with my mom and she helped me make almost everything you see here! (Those perfect cake pops were ordered from a local bakery!)
A few other random details — the photographer in me had to style the invite, of course!
And, of course, the sweetest birthday boy himself! In so many ways it’s hard to believe this sweet baby is now a one-year-old boy; but, on the other hand, we also were very intentional about our time the past year and spent as much of it watching him grow as possible. It was an overwhelming day for him, to say the least! He pretty much stuck with mom or dad all day and cried as we sang him Happy Birthday! But don’t worry, those tears disappeared as soon as he dug into that cake!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us — I wish I had more photos of the party itself, but we were enjoying ourselves and the beautiful October day we were blessed with for the party. And yes, I’ve already started brainstorming year 2 — I only get a few of these until he picks his own theme ;)