Little man turned one!!! I cannot believe how fast this past year has flown by! He has no idea how blessed his daddy and I are to have him in our lives!
Of course, we had to do a farm theme this year! I thought that I would share some of his party pictures here and a few small DIY projects that I did. Plus, give a shout out to vendors that I used for the things that I am no where near talented enough to do myself.
First off, the pictures. My great friend, Brittany Sims, took a lot of the pictures for me. I did not want to have to worry about trying to capture every precious moment of Asa's party while missing them at the same time. I highly suggest all mommas either hire a photographer or find a good friend to take pictures for you. I asked Brittany to come take some pictures and roam around so I did not have to. She does amazing work and if you are looking for a family photographer you should get in touch with her. She has done all of Asa's baby pictures and a set of family pictures that we had made last year for Bray's parents.
Another one of my favorite people, Mary Horton, did Asa's shirt and pendant for his high chair, and his cupcakes and cookies. She is gifted in all things crafty and culinary! She made delicious cupcakes and sugar cookies that were iced to perfection! In addition to Mary's sugary confections, I bought these cute little cupcake toppers from SugarArtbyTami on Etsy.
The high chair banner was an easy-peasy project! I took Command strip hooks and attached them to the sides of the high chair and tied my jute cord until it was tight around the front. Then, I added strips of fabric that I cut about 2 inches wide. It started to sag in the front from the weight of the fabric so I added a few more Command strips to the front where you couldn't see them to give it extra support.
When Mary brought me the pendant, I cut a V-shape out of the bottom. I folded over the top about an inch and pressed it with an iron so that I would have a nice, crisp seam at the top. I took a sewing kit and just cross stitched in a few X's to hold it on.
I also made bunting in the coordinating fabric to hang around the party area. It was a simple project as well, but it was time consuming. I bought a party bunting kit at Wal-Mart for about $5. I knew I needed so many more pendant flags than what was in the package. I bought cardstock in a shade of brown that was close to the color of the pendant flags in the kit and traced and cut them out. I also traced the shape onto the fabric and cut the triangles out of the fabric. Then, I used Modge Podge to adhere the fabric to the cardstock. Finally, I hole punched them and threaded the jute through the holes. Ta-Da! You could skip the card stock and just do fabric, but I felt like they would not be stiff enough to not flop around in the wind.
Another one of my favorite places that I used was Goad a la Mode cakes in Jonesboro, AR. She is so good to work with and so talented! If you can dream it, she can pretty much do it! She did Asa's smash cake and the cute farm animal cake pops!
She sent them on this wooden pedestal to hold them up and to transport them safely. My table was not quite big enough so I bought this cute little decorative hay bale from Hobby Lobby. They were almost too crowded, but they didn't stay there long!
I have always said that nothing beats fresh flowers. I love flowers for any occasion and Mums are so accessible right now. I was also introduced to Violas when I was shopping for Mums. They look like little baby Pansys and I couldn't resist! Throw in a few pumpkins and you have festive and affordable decorations.
I think that my favorite aspect of this theme was the bright colors! It was just too fun! I was not only blessed with a wonderful baby, but I was blessed with a wonderful baby born in October! October is such a fun time and the possibilities are endless for parties!