May 24, 2017

Does anyone else start planning their kids’ birthday parties a year + in advance? No?

Well for some reason, I just LOVE all things birthday parties. I can’t really explain it all but I just do.  I started planning Merritt’s first birthday party when I was pregnant – which is completely absurd, I know, but I couldn’t help it… I got an idea in my head and then Pinterest happened.

Over the last year I have been slowly gathering ideas and collecting various watermelon paraphernalia – which is the biggest benefit to planning way in advance, you don’t have to purchase it all at once!

There are so many great watermelon parties out there, here are the pictures from ours!

We served watermelon (duh), cupcakes with mini chocolate chip “seeds”, and decorated cookies by our girl, Carrie!

On the other side of the table we had chips and hot sauce and then I made the most amazing watermelon salsa that I HIGHLY recommend you make as a light summery dish on a hot day! The in the middle of the table was, of course, the cake.

I’ve had the idea for this cake in my head from the moment I decided to do a watermelon party and it turned out exactly as I had planned, even though I was making it in between getting my kids in and out of the hall closet due to tornadoes!

If your’ve been around here, you know our love for freshly picked moccs. Well these little watermelon moccs came out a year or so before she was born and I thought they were so cute but not really something a little boy should wear. Lucky for me, they re-released them last summer and I couldn’t resist buying them and hoping my estimate on sizing would work out. Thankfully the size was perfect and they were a precious added touch. They re-released them again this spring if you need some for yourself!

We are so thankful for our sweet girl and we can’t believe she’s already ONE!

Party sources:

Balloons: Hobby Lobby and a local party shop
Agate balloons: Amazon
Foil watermelon balloon: Amazon
Balloon tape: Amazon
Tassels on watermelon balloon: Target
Watermelon bowls: Hobby Lobby
Watermelon plates: Michaels
Striped table runner: Michaels
Happy Birthday Banner: Target (old)

Tips on making your own balloon arch – I used the balloon tape listed above, hung it with fishing line from the ceiling and then used a low temperature glue gun to fill in extra spaces in the arch and make it more “full.”

I used a hand pump and blew them all up myself over a couple of days. I started on Wednesday and the party was Saturday. The balloons stayed pretty inflated until I popped them all the following Tuesday, so getting an early start if you are doing it alone should be ok!

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