4.14.2010

curious george first birthday

Curious Graham's Birthday Surprise was an absolute smash last weekend. When I heard a chance of rain in the forecast, I completely nixed the park picnic idea and prayed no one would mind cramming sardine-style in our little 2 bedroom apartment! We wound up having 16 guests + the man in the yellow hat and his sidekick George in attendance. Jeff will never forgive me for making him wear those ridiculous yellow pants and spray painted sombero, especially now that I've posted it on the internet. The good news is, we're still married!

My sil Jenny is the ultimate cake baker. She was so sweet and helpful to make a bright beautiful Curious George cake out of fancy fondant, plus the ultimate cookies+cream baby cake for this curious boy to destroy. Graham was a fan!
For the rest of the food, I made an assortment of gourmet sandwiches, my signature strawberry poppyseed salad, cucumber cups and fruit kabobs. The banana punch was surprisingly delish, despite it's peculiar color. I kept the favors super simple: baggies of M&M's tied with a little George tag. (Isn't that stamp perfect? Gotta love the Target $1 bins!)Oh and a little background: I'm not typically a fan of cartoon character or mythical creature themes, but Curious George was too perfect to pass up. During Graham's first year, I had taken monthly pictures to track his growth with his stuffed George from my friend Kayt. I used a few of my favorites to make this fun paper banner. I loved this little decoration...It's still hanging in our hall. Not sure if I'll ever take it down!

22 comments:

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

this is too cute. it couldn't be any cuter. i love every last detail. you rock! mmm... the strawberry poppyseed salad sounds delish!

{Jenna Lou} said...

Simply amazing. Looks like the perfect 1st Birthday!

Katie {My Paisley Apron} said...

Love love love it!!!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

What a cute party! Love it!

Leslie said...

oh my gosh, whats to say about all this cuteness.. there are NO words... and G is seriously so cute in that party hat... Love all this!

sharonlei said...

WOW! You are an amazing mommy. :) So crafty. I love this little 1st birthday party you threw for your little dude. He is so stinkin' adorable.. Cute cute Cute all around!

xx Love & Aloha

ashley maureen said...

adorable! i am so impressed. you did a fantastic job and it looks like a great time was had by all! i love the bananas.

Metallo Bianco Jewelry said...

Holy cuteness overload. You did an AWESOME job!!

Bryn said...

Wow, Jess, every detail is so special. I almost want to cry at what a sweet time you must have had preparing for the party and celebrating Graham!

Bluebelle said...

That's an amazing party, I love all the little thoughts you put into it. How special!

Amanda said...

That has got to be the cutest birthday party ever! I love all the Curious George-y details you thought of!

Cottage Mommy said...

Party planner superstar! You and Leslie...geesh, you're amazing at parties! Can I hire you...? I do have a one year old birthday to plan myself here in a few weeks...not to mention a six year old one for Saturday...it looks like it was so much fun and totally magazine worthy!

Cassie said...

Jessica this is one amazing first birthday party! You are an amazing Mum.
xx

{something sweet} said...

wow, what a wonderful party. you did a great job planning!

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On Second Street said...

super cute. I love the picture of him getting into the cake.

Courtney said...

My goodness...what a perfect party!

paula said...

I LOVE!

Fairlightday said...

Absolutely perfect 1st birthday Jess! Everything looks amazing. Graham is so blessed to have you as his mommy.

marta said...

oh my goodness, oh my goodness. this is just too cute for words. i love this party. something so charming about that monkey. happy halloween, darlings.

camilletidmarsh said...

I love all your cute ideas. I'm planning on doing a curious George party for my son and live your cake. I was wondering what the top looked liked and what you did to make it!! Please get back to me. You can email me @ camilletidmarsh@hotmail.com. Thanks do much!

bward said...

where did you find those blocks?