Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Our very own little caterpillar

Well...it's happened. Ian turned ONE. Wow. It's a huge milestone that we celebrated in style with a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party! Ian and I both enjoy reading the book and I thought it would be the perfect party theme. I love parties, and so I put a lot of time and effort into making it the perfect party...not that Ian will remember a bit of it. But, as his pediatrician said, the first birthday party is really more for the parents. For us, it was extra special because we waited so long for our little guy. We couldn't be happier with our little man - he was worth every bit of the wait!

Speaking of the little guy...here he is all decked in in birthday gear!
I think he likes it!

He had so much fun playing with all of his friends and new toys!

Here he is with his "smash" cake. I made a small apple (never could get the icing to turn very red) so that he could have his own special cake. He wasn't too sure about it. He ate the fondant leaf and then just barely picked at the icing.

He didn't care for the fact that I took his hand and smashed the cake for him...I think he takes after his daddy. Doesn't like to have his hands dirty from food...

Speaking of food...we had tons of it! Because the book is all about food, the party was all about food, too!

 The masterpiece of the table was the cake, though. My sister-in-law, Catrina, and I made it. Well, to be more accurate, she made it and I helped/watched. It turned out better than I imagined!

We used the book as a guest book. It'll be a nice keepsake for Ian when he's older.

For decorations we made different colored tissue balls (to mimic the dots in the book) and hung them in the dining room. I used a friend's Silhouette machine to make the banner (thanks, Jen!).

We also had other caterpillar themed decorations throughout the house...

The favors were lollipop bushes and cupcakes full of gummy bears.
All in all, I think the party was a huge success! Ian had a blast and I hope everyone that came out and helped us celebrate did, too! All the planning and work was worth it - and despite saying I'd never do it again. I would. Ian deserves the best I have to offer...just maybe on a smaller scale next time!

I can't believe my little caterpillar turned one today. I knew the day would come. I furiously planned his party for months. But still, for some reason this week it hit me. My little baby isn't a baby anymore. He's a little guy full of personality (the main trait being INDEPENDENT). The older he gets the more adventurous he becomes and the less he needs me. Part of me enjoys watching him figure things out on his own and the other part of me is sad that my baby is growing up.

I'm the oldest of five kids so I've had a LOT of experience with kids. I know babies are a lot of work and a lot of fun, but I never realized how, as a parent, you could instantly love someone so completely, so quickly. I love Ian so unconditionally and so deeply - it makes me think of our Heavenly Father and His love for us. It is so much greater than my love for Ian.

I'm so proud to be Ian's mommy. As much as I want him to stay my baby forever, I also can't wait to see him grow up into the man he is meant to be. He is special. Yeah, I know, every parent says that, but he is SPECIAL. He is the happiest, most loving, sweetest kid around. Motherhood is, quite simply, the best.


  1. I love this! Such a great post Steph. You're a great writer, and I love the pictures of my little nephew.

  2. Hey! I want to know how you made the cupcakes full of gummy bears? WHat did you use to make them? Thanks

    1. Hi Ashley!

      They were actually pretty easy to make. I bought paper cups (green and red to coordinate with the party colors) and cut the top parts off. I bought a huge bag of gummy bears from Sam's and then put a handful in a plastic baggie, and then put the baggie seam side down inside the paper cup. I then used a hot glue gun to glue pom poms on top and the thank you circles on the front.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!