This past Sunday, we had a busy day of celebrating Julian! We had his baptism & then a party afterwards to celebrate that & his first birthday!
He did really well at the Baptism considering how busy he typically is. I spent most of the ceremony tipping him upside down to keep him from fussing and/or running away. The picture below cracks me up b/c Matteo is peeking through my legs, & Julian is staring up at the ceiling b/c the Priest was talking about Jesus coming down to forgive our sins – I think he was looking for him 😉 I was sweating & tired by the end of the 15 minutes ceremony from wrestling & keeping an eye on both boys – I guess that is one of the reasons that most people baptize their babies right away – that & the whole saving their soul thing…
After the baptism, it was time to walk across the street to our house & get things set up for the party! I had decided on a balloon theme for the party. Julian loves balloons & had fun playing with them all week! You can see my Pinterest board dedicated to the party here, but unfortunately a lot of the ideas didn’t work out b/c it was such a windy day…
I had made a balloon wall by stringing balloons onto ribbon & taping the ribbon to the wall. I filled the balloons with a balloon pump (instead of blowing up that many myself), & I simply bit holes in the tied part of the balloon to thread the ribbon through.
I made a few grape balloons out of lollipop sticks (that I found at Target in the cake section). The kids called them grape lollipops & loved them so it was worth the extra effort 🙂
The cake was simply 4 circle cakes with ribbon coming down to look like a bunch of balloons!
I had planned to do balloon baseball where you hit balloons with pool noodles that I cut in half. The boys loved playing in the house beforehand, but it didn’t work the day of the party b/c it was too windy.
Another idea that flopped was tying helium balloons to golf tees & putting them in the ground lining our front entrance… I blew them up the night before, & the balloons were starting to deflate – plus, the wind… so we took them out 🙂
Matteo & I made water balloons & stuck them in the freezer to make ice balloons that we put in with the drinks! I liked how they turned out 🙂
I was able to borrow the bounce house from work (b/c my boss is AWESOME), & the kids spent most of their time in there!
My brother was able to get us these monstrous pizzas that we are still happily eating this week 🙂
There was of course a cake smash! He was adorably timid to begin with. He dipped his finger in the icing, & then offered to me 🙂
You can see that it didn’t take too long for him to dig in 😉
Big brother & friends were also more than happy to help him out! (Bottom right is Matteo eating cake out of the grass after the fact haha)
We had a blast & wore ourselves out… Happy First Birthday, Julian! We love you!!!