(while I could never be a Twins fan (1991 World Series, anyone?) I couldn't resist wearing this shirt for his party)
But I honestly can't even imagine it any other way. He is most definitely a momma's boy. He loves to snuggle with me (for 0.35 seconds anyway, before he's off on another adventure). He's hilarious. He's inquisitive, daring, adventurous, and basically all-boy. I love it.
Like most guys, Joey played baseball growing up. And I've been a huge baseball fan my entire life (Go Braves!) So a baseball party seemed like a great theme - and then to make it even more
awesome cheesy, I called it a "Rookie of the Year" party. It was so much fun to plan the party, and all of our friends and family loved the theme as well.
As soon as I decided on the theme, I knew I wanted the invitation to be a baseball card. I had a good friend of mine design it, and I love how it turned out. And I laughed every time I looked at his "stats."
The menu was super easy to finalize. If you throw a baseball themed party, you must serve stadium food. As much as I love to go all-out and make things complicated, I managed to successfully reign it in here. We served:
Hot dogs with ketchup and mustard
Soft Pretzels (I made a quadruple batch, and they were all gone by the end of the party!)
Nachos with cheese
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Ice Cream Sundaes
I also put together a little area for more snacks, which included a giant fruit tray (not pictured), pretzel bites, applesauce tubes, extra Crackerjack and popcorn, and some goldfish. Since we had a lot of small kids at the party, I thought it would be nice to have some more familiar, slightly healthier, and less messy options for them.
Perhaps Joey's favorite detail of the party, however, was the ice cream sundae bar. As soon as we decided to have a baseball party, he threw out the idea of ordering those baseball helmets like we used to get at Dairy Queen growing up. At first we were going to order all Braves ones, but he liked the idea of having all the teams represented. Pretty much everyone in attendance commented that they loved getting ice cream in those helmets when they were kids. And it was a fun favor for them to take home as well. And as excited as Joey was over the helmet bowls, I was just as excited about these super cute spoons!
While I initially had so many cute ideas for the decor, I ultimately just didn't have the time or energy to execute it all. We had moved into our house just 2 1/2 weeks prior to the party, so things kind of just got stripped down to the basics. I loved the green "turf" tablecloth for the food table though, and we made a banner out of baseball cards to display as well. Joey also had several baseball player figurines and old gloves, balls, and hats to scatter around. And I put together these super simple centerpieces on a few tables that were just vases filled with peanuts and cute little flags. They served double duty because everyone liked to munch on the peanuts while sitting around.
And of course what kind of first birthday party would it be without cake?? A baseball smash cake seemed like the obvious choice, and since I am no cake decorator, I just used the star tip to pipe the frosting. When the time came for him to dig in, however, Smith was not a fan. I really wonder sometimes if he is even my child?! He picked at the icing for a few minutes, then just cried until I took him out of his high chair and held him.
But of course the most important part of the party is who you're celebrating! Smith had tons of friends and family there to help us celebrate his big day, and I think it's safe to say that a good time was had by all!