I love first birthday parties! There’s something ridiculously fun about choosing a theme, decorating every surface possible, and outfitting the birthday child in a festive outfit. Aidas turned one on November 11th, right when the weather turned chilly in Durham. I wanted the party outside on our deck, so making the event bonfire & buffalo plaid themed seemed seasonally appropriate and fun. My decorations mostly consisted of lots (and lots!) of bright red buffalo plaid, twinkly lights, and post-Halloween, clearance chrysanthemums. Between getting everything ready and hosting, I finally admitted I wasn’t going to have time to also photograph the end result. A quick pleading text (because you know me, I LOVE photos!) and my sister rose to the occasion. Since it was completely chaotic the day of the party, this first photo of the boys in their matching plaid pants was taken a solid week later. #reallife
For those interested, the fantastic buffalo plaid pants both brothers are sporting came from Amazon. The “Infinitely Aidas” onesie was a gift from my favorite personalized onesie store, Hi Little One. The sisters over at this small shop have always been fantastic. I love that their products arrive really quickly and packaged up in a fun way! I highly recommend them for any personalized onesies you might need. Povi has been pulling the totally obnoxious
A Bonfire & Camping Themed First Birthday
If I learned anything from this particular party, it was that you should always plan for MORE rather than LESS people. We ran out of food so quickly! I made a TON of chili, but it disappeared within an hour. We also had homemade chex mix (my BIL’s specialty and made using a sinful amount of butter!), mac n cheese, chips and hummus, 7 layer dip, and a hot cocoa station with toppings. I didn’t think through the hot cocoa station very well and had to keep taking the pot back inside to warm it up, so I highly recommend using a crock pot for this sort of thing. Aidas had a completely un-noteworthy response to his bonfire smash cupcake. In typical Aidas fashion, he merely ate through it without a second blink.
I always get really excited to print out monthly photos during first birthdays. This year, since I was steadily working on my 365 project, I went ahead and gave myself permission to create posed, monthly photos and simply choose a photo from each month at the end. The result was a lovely hodgepodge of lifestyle portraits. If you follow me on Instagram, I posted every single photograph on my story with notes about his first year.
My brother-in-law, Brian, did a fantastic job building up the bonfire. He was thrown the responsibility rather unexpectedly (Vincas was busy finishing up his party preparations), so I’m especially grateful!
Durham in early November is the perfect time to enjoy a good bonfire
I love that both Aidas and his cousin, Tejus, wore bright red hats to the party!
We’re so grateful to all our family and friends who came and celebrated with us. Nooooowwww I just need to get around to writing the thank you cards. I promise…they are sitting and waiting for me in a large stack. Completely blank, but SO close to being written in. :p
PS. Are you local to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area and love free stuff? Be sure to head over to my Instagram page to check out the Thanksgiving giveaway I’m hosting with four other local small businesses. You can win print credit to my photography shop, a North Carolina shaped cheese board by Kettu Woodworks, an unframed 8×10 Bull City print by CR2F, a gift card to Locopops, and an adorable pair of baby mocs by 3 Sole Sisters! The giveaway ends on Black Friday, so hurry and (turkey) trot over there!