Monthly Archives: December 2012

Parker’s Birthday Cookies

Parker’s Birthday Cookies

I debated about making cookies for Parker’s birthday…I wanted to, but I didn’t want to take the time to do them the way I wanted them done.

Originally, I had planned on making cookies in all the zoo animal shapes.  The more I thought about it…the more I realized that would take a whole bunch of time.  So I settled on making elephants and monkeys.  I’m so glad I made them, they were adorable!

Happy 1st Birthday Parker!

Happy 1st Birthday Parker!

How is it possible that my sweet baby boy is already ONE?  It just doesn’t even seem real.

Let me start by saying that I LOVE to plan and throw parties.  I am that crazy mother that started planning my child’s first birthday party when he was about 4 months old.  Not that it took me 8 months to do everything, but I was just so excited that I couldn’t wait to start thinking about it.

We decided very early on that we would have a zoo animal theme and then  I began brainstorming and planning…

wooden animal cut-outs for the yard – Matt cut them out of plywood and then we painted them & added the details

the front of the house

monkey cut-out with balloons

birthday banner – not a great picture, but we cut the pennants out of cedar fence pickets and then stenciled the letters on each one, connected them with thick twine and hung :)

birthday wreath made by my super talented sister

Parker’s “Month Pictures” banner inside the house

the food table – Matt built the crates and stenciled the “Animal Feed” sign

the cake :) – my mom is so incredibly talented!

friends & family :)

sweet boy LOVED his cake!

I just love this sweet face :)

our little birthday boy had a blast!

Parker’s birthday party was so much fun!  It was exactly what I had been envisioning for so long, but I most definitely could not have pulled it all together without the help of Matt, my mom, and sister…they were amazing!  and Parker had a great time playing with all of his friends and cousins who came to celebrate.  He had so much fun, in fact, that he took a 3 hour nap after it was all over :).  We can’t wait to see what this next year holds for our Parker-man and our family!