Monday, December 4, 2017

Jace's Winter Onederland First Birthday

Last weekend we celebrated baby Jace's first birthday.  SO bittersweet of course!  This is officially the "last first" birthday that I will ever have the pleasure of blogging about.  Many more birthday parties to come in the future, but there is something so special about the FIRST birthday.

When I found out I was having a December baby, I knew immediately that I wanted to do a Winter Onederland theme birthday.  It's grown a lot more popular over the last couple years so I wanted to take this in a different direction than the typical Winter Onederland decor.

Instead of using any blues, I wanted to keep it metallic & neutral, with rustic elements.

I couldn't handle hosting another birthday party at our house, because every time we do, I gain like 5 more grey hairs & 25 more wrinkles.

SO, I decided to check out different birthday party locations in the north Dallas area, & found the PERFECT spot right by us in Fairview, TX. Polka Dot Party + Play is THE most adorable play place I've ever seen.  The owner Stacy has such an eye for design.  The building has a ton of windows so there's plenty of light that fills the happy space. It's modern, clean, & fresh with 3 miniature pastel buildings designed to look like a little town.  The kids can get lost in their imaginations playing make believe with the pretend boutique & play food, dressing up like fire fighters, doctors, etc.  There is also a play structure with a slide, & a big chalkboard where the kids can draw.  Stacy was so easy to work with, from the beginning of my crazy party planning questions up until the very end of clean up.  She had a designated party hostess there to help, & they saved the day helping me pull together a couple last minute details with the decor.

For birthday parties as you can see above, she has a perfect table for decor/dessert with a white wall behind it that was a blank canvas allowing me to create the theme I wanted so perfectly.  The kids ate their cake at 3 miniature white picnic tables pushed together.

Speaking of the cake... I am in LOVE with how Jace's snowflake cake turned out by Wonderfull's.  A local hard working mama owns this business & she is CLEARLY talented at what she does.  Not only did she create a cake that was exactly what I imagined for our theme but it tasted like heaven in or mouths.

Jace's little crown was also something I dreamed of having for his first birthday, from the moment I found out I was pregnant. ;)  My little prince would have nothing less!  I was honored to have Little Blue Olive, one of the most adorable party hat shops I've ever seen make Jace his crown!  They are located in Camas, WA where I have family & friends (since I was born & raised in Portland, OR).  Shout out to my Oregon & Washington peeps!  Definitely order your custom party hats from this company when you have your next child's birthday!

The sweet "ONE" cake topper with the crown & the personalized "Jace's Onederland" banner were made for us by the most precious Etsy shop Glitter Party Co. who I found through Instagram.  I wanted to add crowns in to the theme so this cake topper was spot on & tied a crown in perfectly to the decor.  I also love that they were able to make us a party banner that I wouldn't be able to find anywhere else.

The metallic ONE balloons were sent to me from GirlyGifts07 a trendy party decor shop on Etsy who I also found through Instagram.  They can personalize whatever you want in metallic balloons!  Love!

I also had some perfect Winter Onederland signs made for the party by Linda at Sprinkled Designs.  Also found on Instagram, I was drawn to her sweet little shop after seeing all of her creative designs.  She personalized each one for us using the color scheme I was going for. I'm so happy with how they turned out!

Last, but not least, the boy's matching shirts/romper are by Tea Collection also sold at Nordstrom.  I am in love with all of the outfits on their site for boys.  Their outfits are SO soft! Cole is starting to get annoyed with me that I keep dressing him like his little brothers, but I don't care!  God blessed me with 3 kids the same gender, so you better believe I'm going to dress them alike for a million photos to embarrass them with in the future for as long as I can get away with it. ;)

Additional decor details:

I made Jace's monthly photo picture banner using cardboard pennant cut outs from Hobby Lobby.  I printed each photo & cut/glued them on, & pinned to twine with clothes pins. :)

My husband built the chalk board for the party with a grey stained frame.  I knew I wanted it rectangular to be a back drop for the cake table.  All of the winter decor was from many different stores.

I can't get over the expression on his face as we all sang Happy Birthday to him.  He was completely confused, like, "why are all of these people staring at me right now? Singing this song?" ;)

The kiddos had SUCH a blast.  If you have your party at Polka Dot + Play, you get a free play pass for your kids to come back in the future.  We will definitely be going back over Christmas break, my kids haven't stopped asking since we left. ;)

This amazing super daddy made most of the fabulous appetizers himself because he's awesome like that.

On the menu we had:

Charcuterie & cheese plate
Mini pigs in a blanket
Mini sandwiches 
Veggies & dip
Bacon wrapped pears
Fruit tarts
Glazed meat balls

For the take-home bags I made a muddy buddy mix (since the colors of it matched the theme perfectly) mixed with white sprinkles & white chocolate chips.  I put them in cellophane bags with snowflakes on them, & tags that said "Thank you snow much for coming." ;)

Our obligatory Jackson Five photo:

Thank you so much for reading!  I am so happy with how everything turned out, & most importantly: Jace had the time of his life.  We worked hard to make this party unforgettable, we just love him so much we couldn't help ourselves. ;)

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