Every mom everywhere will probably say the same thing, but I feel like I just found out that I was pregnant with my little guy and he is now officially one year old! Some people call that toddler age? I refuse to admit that he’s a toddler though! He’s my baby, and he’s probably going to stay “my baby” until he’s in his 20s 😂, and probably after that! But you better believe for his first birthday I had to DIY all the things! So here’s a few photos of the small party we threw at the park for him and close family.
He is my little wild one, so we had a Where the Wild Things Are themed party. I couldn’t just buy an outfit that was themed, I wanted to make him something unique and so I designed the fabric, talked with a printer on Instagram and sent off my design, it took about a month to receive it and then I was able to sew his outfit from it! The fabric is super soft and stretchy Cotton Lycra, and I absolutely adore how the design turned out! I switched up what I was going to make a hundred times, and finally landed on the Hipster Romper by Elemeno Patterns on Etsy. It was one of the first patterns that I bought for my little guy when I started sewing, and I really love the harem style pants, the drop armscye, and the buttons on one shoulder. It’s just such a fun little hipster outfit! Plus it is partially lined so it’s really cozy for him. The only modification that I made was to add a snap placket for easy diaper changes; if his outfits don’t have a snap placket, they don’t get worn! Too much effort on mom’s part…
I designed all of the cut files in Adobe illustrator for my Cricut, including the lettering for the banners and his cake topper. The cake topper has a tiny Max and a crown, and textured white card stock over black for a fun dimension! I picked up a carrot cake from Albersons and he loved it! I bought some of the precut cotton quarters from Joann’s and sliced them into strips to make this banner, and found a stretchy white fabric that I ended up using for the wild one center piece, cutting the letters in heat transfer vinyl on my Cricut, and then heat pressed.
A friend of mine’s cousin is starting a balloon business (check out her SUPER cute instagram – Southern Pop Designs!), so I had her create the black and white balloon banner that we hung in the park pavilion. I stapled up white backdrop linens and then we hung the balloons in front of it, and I picked up the “wild one” gold balloon lettering from a local party store. I can’t believe how perfect it turned out! Word for the wise – those gold letters are NOT user-friendly, half of them were sealed shut or torn; I’d recommend blowing them up a day before to make sure they all work!! We were able to “fix” the “broken” ones with tape, so it worked out in the end!
A friend of mine let me borrow her teepee which was PERFECT for a little ground spot to open presents.
He had a fantastic party with his loved ones, and mama is so very proud of the wonderful person he is becoming already!
Outfit Detail Roundup:
Pattern: Hipster Romper by Elemeno Patterns
Fabric: Self-Designed and Printed Cotton Lycra