Last weekend, sandwiched in between Halloween festivities, we had Zeke’s first birthday party. I promise that initially I wasn’t going to go crazy with a big theme, but it all just kind of came together and I couldn’t resist recreating all of the cute ideas on pinterest.
A couple months ago after seeing this great wooden airplane for sale on a local online yard sale, I decided I wanted to get some shots of Zeke flying for his bedroom. His room has started to take on an aviator theme that began with an awesome vintage airplane mobile (a gift from the ever-generous Angelina, who loves a good theme more than me!) Since he didn’t have any artwork above his crib I decided I’d create some of my own and came up with these shots that will be printed big for his wall:
I was busy working on getting these pictures ready to print for his room, when on the same local online yard sale site someone posted a couple of vintage suitcases. One quick search on pinterest and the “Time Flies” theme was decided. I bought the vintage suitcases and gathered the rest of the aviator themed decor from Zeke’s room. I printed the pictures of Zeke as well as other airline related things and the theme was born.
In addition to all the printed paper signs above that tied together the theme and colors, I got these adorable banners from Decomod. She was so great to work with and took my colors and theme and had these banners ready for me in no time. I loved them.
During the party the kids made their own vintage suitcases with stickers.
And made paper airplanes for a flying competition:
I also tied these tiny foam flyers to balloons to look like more planes flying in the clouds.
I made the cake but ordered this perfect little wooden airplane from Over The Top Cake Topper on etsy. We’re using it as a Christmas ornament now that the party is over.
While putting together the theme and coming up with coordinating ideas is so fun for me, the best part is always the guest of honor and all of our friends and family that come to celebrate with us.
(Benny has told me every day since the party, “I TOLD you not to let Zeke sit too close, you should have put the cake far away!” After Zeke reached for the cake with the candles still lit, Benny jumped right in to protect him.)
Our little Zeker was spoiled by everyone:
I’ve been trying my hand at more video and while it takes awhile to put it all together, I’m loving it and we are all loving watching our videos. The following is about 5 minutes and shows some video coverage of the party and of Zeke smashing his cake.
Zekes 1st birthday from Heather Platz Bird on Vimeo.
Thank you to EVERYONE who has celebrated Zeke, not only on his birthday but all year long. He is one loved baby boy!