I was so excited to plan Wally's first birthday party! My Mom and I started making plans early in the summer and decided that a pool party would be a perfect format! Our neighborhood pool is open until Labor Day and Wally really loved to be in the water. I put together a fun party invitation using photoshop. Of course I had to blend in some Star Wars characters to the invite, because what would a pool party be without Darth Vader in his swim suit? My Mom and I put together fun little party favor buckets from the local dollar store for the kids and I picked up some boxes of Life Savers Gummies and Swedish Fish for the adults to take home as a treat.
We started the party at the pool. I had fun making ocean blue jello cups with graham cracker sand, AirHeads Sour Candy Belt beach blankets and Teddy Graham beach bears for pool side snacks along with a fruit and veggie tray. We hand crafted miniature pool noodle lightsabers for everyone to play with along with the pool toys in their goodie buckets!
After lots of swimming, we toweled off and headed back to our place to continue the party! Instead of a guest book we asked everyone to fill out a bubble with well wishes for Wally. This was such a fun way to capture special thoughts from all of our friends and family! We enjoyed a BBQ dinner followed by a sand castle cake and some beach ball cake pops. Wally was NOT very happy when everyone sang to him, but his very own smash cake quickly brought the smile back to his face! After birthday cake Wally had so much fun opening up his gifts and we wound down the evening with all the friends and family who came to help celebrate Wally's special day! One very special gift that Wally received was a custom star map from the night he was born with with the latitude and longitude of the night sky above the hospital where he was born. This was such a perfect first birthday gift and now hangs in his nursery. To order your own custom star map click here.
Irene and Mark have been happily married since 2008. They started dating while in high school and started their own business together while in their teens. They love to travel, especially to Disney destinations, and enjoy exploring new technologies, running and practicing Yoga together in their free time. Irene is a reader, writer, and lifelong learner with an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative mind. Mark is a holistic financial professional, Eagle Scout and so-so golfer with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for fine wine and creative cocktails.