January 24, 2015

Oliver's Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party

I wasn't planning on throwing a big, themed party for Oliver's first birthday.  However, given what happened, it was a really good distraction to put all my time and energy into planning a joyful celebration for a special occasion!  It really helped me to have something positive to focus on for a few weeks.

Thomas and I make a pretty good team because I'm able to give him some ideas of what I want, and he makes my designs come to life! He made all kinds of beautiful things for the party...the invitations, party hat decorations, water bottle labels, banners, food labels, and more! He is so talented and creative! My favorite party item we put together was Oliver's birthday hat.We put together the other party hats from a pack of colorful hats from Walmart, some card stock, and pom poms. 

I found Christmas lollipops at the craft store, so we of course had to turn them into Olliepops for our little Oliver! :) 

My favorite decoration, thanks to Pinterest, was a caterpillar banner with his monthly pictures on it! I love seeing how he changed so much over the past year! 
I found a cake with colorful sprinkles at Walmart and thought it would be perfect for a smash cake for him! I just added a fondue caterpillar to the top to go with the theme, although I kind of wish I had left it plain. 
I made cupcakes for the guests so they wouldn't have to eat Oliver's slobbery cake.
Oliver was napping when all the guests arrived, so we let him sleep for a bit while everyone ate! I eventually had to wake him up so he could enjoy his party. When I got him out of his room, I wasn't sure how he would respond to a house full of people, but after looking around and taking it all in, he was thrilled to have the spotlight on him! He's such a little ham and I love it! :) 
I had heard so much about how babies are more into the wrapping paper and boxes than their presents, but it was an absolute blast watching him open his gifts! He was so into everything (paper included), but he really enjoyed exploring all of the gifts. I felt bad taking them away while he was playing to give him another gift to open. 
I about melted when he opened up a puppy dog from my sister! He got the biggest smile when he opened it up, and he gave it lots of sweet hugs and kisses throughout the party! 
His absolute favorite present was a car from my parents. He loves getting in it, saying "vroom vroom," and having us push him around the house in it. We spend a lot of time in the evenings pushing him back and forth! 
After opening his presents, it was time for the best part - cake! I had debated making a fake cake from fruit for him, but ended up going with a real one. 

He took a bite and realized how just how good sugar it was. 

And then he plopped head first into his cake and wouldn't stop eating it! It was absolutely hilarious. 
He was a very, very happy boy getting his first taste of sugar! 

The cake was destroyed. 

It was such a fun party, and I am so happy he had such a good time! I am really thankful for all of those who made an effort to come for it...my family, aunt and uncle, grandma, Oliver's nanny, and some of my girlfriends. It was special because of all of them. We are truly blessed to have so many people in our lives who adore Oliver like we do. 

It was a wonderful party, but it did take a lot of work! I told my family and Thomas multiple times that next year's party will be cake at the park! ;) And they laughed because they know it's probably not true... 


  1. What a cute theme! You and your husband are so creative! Happy belated Birthday to Oliver! :)

  2. His cake smash pictures are the best!!! :)

  3. What a wonderful day celebrating your baby boy and all who love him!
    You and your hubby did an excellent job of throwing a first birthday party, my friend.
    And the photos are amazing!
    The love shines right through!!
    Enjoy your lovely family.
    It is so refreshing to see a young couple beginning their family life with such joy and love. : )

  4. That picture of him eating the cake head first is the BEST!! You and Thomas do such a great job decorating and making a fun theme, maybe a side party business?? ;)

  5. Awwww what a cute family!!!!! Oliver is so big and he looks sooooo so adorable eating his cake ;-)

  6. So great! I love the Ollie pops. Your pictures of the decor are beautiful. And happy birthday Oliver!

  7. Oh SO cute! I love this! And I'm a little jealous, between our family being in different places and us moving that month, I'm not sure we'll be able to do much for Maria's birthday... this makes me want to go a little all-out and plan a great party :-)

  8. Happy Birthday to your little one! The party looks great! So super cute!

  9. What a cute idea!! He is seriously the cutest kid ever!

  10. Adorable!!! Oliver most of all - but love the party decorations! :) So creative!

  11. Smash cake: you're doing it right, Oliver! Y'all did an amazing job with his party!

  12. One already??!! He is such a doll. Happy birthday to your little man! And what a great party theme! Cherish every. Single. Moment. It passes way too quickly.

  13. Oh my god! I am in love with this Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party theme. I was also finding ideas for my daughter’s birthday and I could have never imagined using this theme. Thanks for the theme inspirations! At some local Chicago event space I would love to host Caterpillar birthday bash for her.

  14. So funny, my babies name is also Oliver, he will be turning 1 in a few months and his theme will also be The Very Hungry Caterpillar :-)