Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wet n' Wild Ones

My baby boys turned one and it was time to celebrate!  Thank goodness for our new pool because the weekend of their party was HOT! While I had wanted to do an "Under the Sea" theme (of course so I could dress up as Ariel, duh) my TH suggested Wet n' Wild Ones and I thought it was brilliant!  With beach balls, a slip n' slide, water guns, a photo booth and beautiful hand made crafts by my amazing MIL it was a magical day of family fun!

The sign from their nursery welcomed guests into the backyard
Our family had come days before to help us prepare for the big day. With the invite list topping 70 I needed all the help I could get!

With so many gorgeous handmade crafts to add to the backyard, my SIL, TM and I took to the backyard. I got nutty with sidewalk chalk while paper pinwheels went up everywhere. My TH blew up nearly 100 beach balls and they were scattered throughout the yard (perfectly I might add), great work Nat!

Picnic time!

With so many families having small children invited, we not only set up tables but also picnic areas around the backyard so babies could crawl and wiggle safely. Umbrellas sprinkled throughout in an effort to capture some much needed shade.

The pool offered a cool sanctuary and the perfect battlefield for water gun wars. 

Knowing I was not only going to be greeting guests and being a hostess but also keeping track of two babies (thank goodness for all the family that held them the entire time), I needed the food and drinks to be easy breezy. I kicked up that Sangar-ita (Sangria/Margarita combo) maker, we chilled a keg and made water and Capri Suns available for everyone.  Five Costco pizzas and 100 hot dogs were prepped and ready to go just as guests arrived. 

Buckets of goldfish and animal crackers were scattered around the yard making snacking easy for little and big ones alike.

The cutest centerpieces were whipped up by my crafty MIL and made me squeal with delight. I love me some pinwheels!

But hands down, the best craft my MIL EVER made was a variety of sassy birthday hats on adorable black and white faces of the boys! She took it one step further and even made photo booth supplies so we decided to make a banner for picture perfect background! I added the monthly pictures I took of them so everyone could see how big my little ones had gotten.

J.R. invited guests to take a picture with him and his brother.
With everyone swimming, eating and having fun the afternoon flew by.  Soon it was time to get those babies smashing their personal cupcakes!

This birthday boy is ready for some cake!
Not quite sure what to do with their treat...

They figured it out!

The Peanut decided to share some with his mommy
After cake the babies were visibly exhausted and ready to rest. A day by the pool with tons of people fawning over them, not to mention some extreme heat...they were more than thrilled to retreat to their cool bedroom for a much needed afternoon nap!

As the afternoon wore on, guests slowly trickled out and grabbed gorgeous favors prepared by my MIL. I whipped some out too, but they were not nearly as cute as her handiwork!

My sweet treat of a favor for guests to take home...Swedish Fish and a bath toy!

The day was perfect and I know everyone (including the boys) had a lovely time!

Thank you to our wonderful families for all the help, we wouldn't have pulled it off without you. From the beyond beautiful decorations to the hot dog making assembly line. THANK YOU! We love you all so much and are incredibly lucky to have such a magnificent family. 

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