Monday, January 27, 2014

Henry and Tucker are Uno: Let's Fiesta!

I've been putting off writing this post because I get so gosh darn emotional when I think about the past year.  What a wild year it has been!  When I found out that we were expecting twins, I was completely terrified, yet totally excited.  How in the world were they going to fit into our family, and how in the world was I going to manage four kids under five?!  I won't lie and say it was a totally seamless transition, they were the perfect babies, Caroline and Smith were the perfect toddlers, and my hair looked awesome every day.  The truth is, at times it was really hard.  There were definitely days where I took things hour by hour.  There were days that someone was crying at all times (one of those someones may have been me, ha).  But through it all, I tried really hard to savor every single minute with those sweet baby boys.  Because I knew from experience how fleeting those minutes are.

From the moment they were born, Henry and Tucker have been inseparable.  In the early days, they cuddled up together in their crib, arms intertwined and sleeping nose-to-nose; and now they crawl around the house together, laughing, babbling, and playing ball with each other.  They are just so much fun these days, and I know it will just keep getting better.

So as their first birthday rolled around, we knew we wanted to have a big party to celebrate the milestone.  I of course agonized over the theme - or whether to even have a theme.  In the end, our love for Mexican food won out, and we threw a big fiesta!  Since everyone jokes that first birthday parties are for the parents anyway, we just threw the party we wanted!  And let me tell you - this party was fun for all ages - babies, kids, and adults alike all had a blast.

I wanted a colorful, fun party, so I went with bright shades of yellow, green, blue, and orange.  And because chalkboards are so fun and trendy these days, I incorporated those into the decor as well.

Since the party was in the afternoon, I didn't need to serve a whole meal, but I wanted some substantial snacks.  The menu was as follows:

We also had some"kid" snacks out for the really littles ones - applesauce pouches, puffs, and cheddar bunnies are always a hit with Smith and the twins.

Everyone loved customizing their guacamole - my favorite combination was bacon, grilled pineapple, and fresh cilantro.  

I served the tortilla chips in brown lunch bags, and it made it so easy to just grab your chips and be on your way (plus no worries about little hands spreading germs to everyone by reaching into a community bowl!).

No fiesta is complete without margaritas, and the margarita station was a huge hit!  I made a HUGE batch of homemade margaritas, and served them in mason jars with brightly colored straws.  My drink dispenser has a weird hollow stand, so to dress it up, I just stuffed it with some bright tissue paper.  It might seem inappropriate to serve alcohol at a first birthday party, but Joey and I joked that we deserved some margaritas for making it through the year, ha!  No worries, we also served bottled water, lemonade, and Corona for those who don't drink tequila :)

I kept things pretty simple with the decorations.  I wanted to incorporate the chalkboard into a few areas, so for the foyer, I DIY-ed this faux chalkboard sign with black poster board, a white crayon, and a white piece of sidewalk chalk.  As you can see below the sign, we have out rubber duckies dressed as a mariachi band for the favors.  The kids LOVED these.

I wanted a fun background for the twins' highchairs, so I covered some letters in multi-colored yarn to spell "uno."  This was a really easy craft, and one I did while watching Top Chef one night.  I also made tissue paper banners for a few areas, and these were super easy as well.  Please don't mind my window - I promise it's not dirty - it rained the day of the party!

My favorite element however, was the background behind the food table.  I bought a roll of black paper, and Joey drew "Uno" in similar script to the invite, then I taped up some paper medallions for pops of color.  I attached another tissue paper banner to the tablecloth, then used a piñata for the centerpiece.  The cupcake stands were also DIY, using this tutorial, and orange crepe paper that I cut into fringe.

Finally, we blew up tons of brightly colored balloons, which Smith promptly got a hold of and released to the top of our 2-story foyer....

Since there were close to two dozen kids in attendance, we wanted to have plenty for the little ones to do to keep them happy and busy.  I ordered wooden maracas, then broke out our markers and extensive sticker collection.  The kids loved decorating the maracas, and it made for a fun favor to take home as well.  I also taped down brown paper to the table, so that my kitchen table didn't end up covered in marker and frosting ... bonus that it provided more places for the kids to color!

Remember the piñata from the food table?  Well it was stuffed with candy.  And while we didn't take any pictures, after the cake, we broke it open.  Obviously the kids loved that as well :)

Speaking of cake, I'm no cake decorator, so I just frosted their smash cakes and covered up the imperfections with sprinkles.  They donned their sombreros, we sang happy birthday, then it was time to eat!

Tucker and Henry love to eat, so they unsurprisingly dug right into their cakes as well.  I'm pretty sure they sat there eating cake for close to an hour.  And they even snuck bites of each other's cake, ha!

The Mexican-themed first birthday party was a blast, and we were so happy that so many of our friends and family could be there to celebrate with us.  Henry and Tucker had a great time, and it was such a fun party to plan.  Here's to another year of health and happiness!

Invitations:  Endash Designs (etsy shop)
Paper Medallions and paper serving cups for guacamole and salsa:  TomKat Studios
Rubber Ducks and Maracas:  Oriental Trading Company
Food Tents and Guacomole Menu:  My fabulous friend Courtney!  (go bug her to start an Etsy shop!)
Inspiration for "Party Like There's No Mañana:"  Little Baby Garvin


Josie said...

What a fabulous 1st birthday party! Well done mama!!

Josie said...

Such a cute birthday idea, I love it!

Josie said...

What a fun theme! You did a fabulous job with the decorations and food. And congrats on the twins' first birthday!!

Josie said...

What an awesome party! You thought of everything down to the details and it looks like the boys had a great time!

Josie said...

The party turned out SO awesome, Josie. Probably my favorite party theme/decor I've seen to date (doesn't hurt that I love Mexican food, either). :) Can't believe those sweet boys are already 1!

Josie said...

I've been waiting for you to post this! Looks like an awesome party, and really, who doesn't love Mexican food?!?!?

Josie said...

I love every single thing about this. You did an incredible job! And I totally teared up reading this - love you all so much!

Josie said...

Seriously - LOVE.

Josie said...

Congratulations on the twin boys' first birthday—and on a fabulous party, of course! I've been reading your blog for probably three years now, and I both admire and appreciate your delicious recipes and fun posts, developed even with four babes under foot!

Josie said...

That looks like a blast! Margaritas should be at every birthday party, kids or not!

Josie said...

I wish this were my birthday party! haha Looks so fun.

Josie said...

Absolutely loved this! We did a Mexican theme for my daughter's 15th birthday two weeks ago (her Quinceneara, even though we're Irish). It was a huge hit with everyone, and we enjoyed the leftovers for some time.
Can't believe your cuties are one! Next year you can stick with the same theme- they'll be DOS!

Josie said...

Wow!! You made it through the first year! I remember seeing the post that your boys were born, I sort of knew it had happened because you had been absent for a little bit and I was acutely aware of any babies because my husband and I had been trying for our second child for 9 months and were starting to be so discouraged. I remember reading your post and crying, tears of joy for you, perhaps some bittersweet tears as well. I'm typing this while my 3 month old baby girl rocks in her swing, just when I started to ask myself when it would happen for me, it did, and for many reasons, whenever I read about your boys I smile inside knowing that their arrival meant my baby was about to be on her way as well!

Congratulations!!! :)


Josie said...

What a fun theme! I love all the decorations. Happy Birthday to Henry and Tucker!

Josie said...

Aw, Marla that is so sweet, thank you so much! Congrats to you on your sweet baby girl! :)

Josie said...

Happy birthday to your daughter, Chrissy! I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I already have a theme in mind for their second birthday, haha!

Josie said...

thank you so much, Gwen!!

Josie said...

Their party was fabulous, Josie, just like I knew it would be with you planning it! It has been a whirlwind of a year for you, but you and Joey have both made it look so easy, which is just a testament to what awesome parents you guys are. I love all of you!

Josie said...

Hi Josie! Looks like the fiesta was amazing! Thanks so much for featuring the invitation. Your support is much appreciated!

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