Turner’s 1st birthday was in July and we had a “My First Rodeo” theme for his party! This theme has become very popular over the past few years so there is plenty of inspiration on Pinterest. We chose to do a pool party due to the Texas summer heat. We have quite a few kiddos within our friend group so we knew this would be the perfect option! I wore this adorable gingham number from Buddylove Clothing. Turner wore a custom smocked Jon Jon from the Smocking Mama that I will absolutely keep forever! It is beautiful and we had his one year old photos made in it as well. My husband’s outfit is all from Peter Millar.
My mom made the decor and I was her assistant. The backdrop holder is from Amazon and I bought a red roll over paper to go on it. The banner at the top was made from tied pieces of printed fabric. The balloons on either side were in a kit at Hobby Lobby. We blew them up and attached them to a holder it came with then placed them on either side. This wasn’t necessarily hard to do but it definitely takes time. It was good having two people and a hand pump. If you make your own balloon garlands just be sure to have patience and extra time.
We got cheap black frames from Dollar General and framed photos of his 1 year photoshoot and invitation. I already had quite a few various cactus and western decor items that I sprinkled throughout. We placed flowers in a pair of my cowboy boots (we a cup inside for water) and a pitcher. I purchased cactus toothpicks, vintage looking cowboy napkins both from Amazon and the gingham plates came from Target. We served Chickfila nuggets and had a large Charcuterie board from Grazing East Texas for guests to snack on.
I found many different ideas for cakes on Pinterest and sent them to Trystin Reed of Say Grace. I told her to just make it cute! She always delivers and I loved the end result. She also made his smash cake. The cake topper and candle came from Amazon.
He wasn’t quite sure what to think about all of the attention or the cake! He didn’t eat as much of it as I thought he would but it was still fun. We placed a plastic tablecloth underneath for easy clean up. The banner on his chair was made by my mom.
These delicious cookies were made by Basket Full of Goodies! I found photos and sent them over to her. She also heat sealed them individually so guests could take them home with them!
The invitations were from ETSY and I had the digital file printed at Office Depot!
The balloon garland and “1” pictured here were done by One Sweet Soiree. Overall, I feel like for a first birthday party I controlled my urge to go too far overboard pretty well. I liked how everything turned out and all the guests had a great time. I’m already dreaming of next year’s 2nd birthday party and what the theme will be!