I Heart J decorations and food

When I did the decorations for A’s first birthday I have to say I probably went a bit overboard. I remember staying up until 11 p.m. the night before his birthday prepping and placing decorations. For J’s birthday I planned for simple decor, that was mostly all high enough that J couldn’t rip down!

James' Birthday One of my favorite things about the decorations was the Heart U photo frame and J’s photo book (below). The frame has his pictures from his year in Instagram photos. I ordered a number 1 cupcake cake from Publix and despite a slight snag with the original cake (they did it completely wrong)…they did fix it quickly. For the boys party favors I went really simple. I did a bag o’ legos (you can get them at Target), with a balloon tied on it. I changed over the ribbon for the Christmas card holder, and put J’s cards on it (plus a few school art projects done by A). James' Birthday1For the frames, I did a background using wrapping paper and then I drew the city scene and writing on the outside glass with a dry erase marker. The night before my husband decked out our dining area with streamers (which I forgot to take a picture of the entire scene), but I did remember to take a picture of the ends of the streamers which I put little cardstock hearts on. The grown-up party favors were 4×6 of J in his birthday outfit. James' Birthday2So for the food, I made a ladle….HA! So that was the best picture I quickly took. I made Picky Palate’s short ribs (from her cookbook….they are soo good!) in the crock pot. I paired it with two huge loaves of crusty Cuban bread, a simple green salad, and applesauce containers. For our opening presents appetizers I made guacamole and chips. I went with items that were either made ahead or could be put together quickly. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen finalizing food.

Overall I was really pleased with how it all turned out!

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