It's the little guys first birthday! What better way to celebrate a little boys 1st birthday who has a half Mennonite Daddy? John Deere of course!
We kept it simple and just decorated with a few bunches of helium balloons. I could not find any John Deere themed balloons so I got generic yellow and lime green balloons and wrote JOHN DEERE on them with permanent marker and decorated them with tractor stickers! (this trick works great, I once threw the Hubby a Tom Tom party and wrote TOM TOM, LEFT and RIGHT on the balloons and it made great conversation pieces... a Tom Tom is a GPS by the way!)
A year's gone by
Oh how time has flown,
We can't believe
How Oliver has grown!
He's such a joy
And so much fun,
Oh my! Our baby boy
is turning One!
I also printed the info on vellum and layered it on top of the printed prefixes to make it look like it was all printed inside and then I didn't have to hand write them all!
|Oliver sporting his Birthday hat!|
We lucked out at a party store in Groove City when we were on a weekend trip and found everything we could possibly need for a John Deere themed party, which is also where we got the invitations and thank-you cards. I think the table looks awesome all Decked Out in John Deere print!
|Oliver's cousins also sporting their party hats!|
|the Dinner Table|
Gotta love plastic table cloths! I know their bad for the environment but just roll them up and gone is the mess! And look how great the table looks with all those tractors...
|the Dessert Table! YUM|
|Cake for the Adults!|
|Healthy cake for the Kiddies!|
The most important part to any birthday, but especially for a 1st birthday, is the cake! Of course!
For Oliver and the kids I made a rice flour cake sweetened with maple syrup. The frosting was cream cheese also whipped with maple syrup. Click the above picture for the recipe. I was going for a muddy tire to tie in with the John Deere theme. Once I iced the cake I placed a cup in the centre and covered the icing with cocoa. I used a wooden spoon handle to notch ruts around the edge. Then I cut the same size circle out of a piece of paper and placed it on top of the cake and sprinkled the hole (in the centre) with yellow sugar sprinkles.
For the adults I decided to try cake balls! I did a double chocolate version, click the picture to view the recipe. I covered them with yellow and green chocolate and drizzled some with the contrasting coloured chocolate and sprinkled the rest with various yellow and green sprinkles. I was very thrilled with how they turned out and they were fairly easy too.
Both the cakes were a huge success among the adult and miniature guests. And Oliver was completely thrilled with digging his hands into a slice.
|Oliver ultimately enjoying his 1st Birthday Cake!|
Oliver suiting got a John Deere tractor as a birthday present from his Nana and Papa. So I took him and the tractor to Zehrs (that was an interesting trek) and got some pictures done. The one I used for the back of the Thank-you card was my favourite! It really captures his charm!
So Oliver had a fantastic 1st Birthday! We sent the Thank-you cards out and we have tons of great memories!