James is T-W-O
This year, we had a party for James that was much more casual than his first birthday! To be honest, I hardly thought about it until a few weeks before when I realised it had snuck up on me very quickly. By this stage last year, I had his whole party completely organised, styled and under control. Yet here I was this year, still working on a date! We decided on a quiet morning at home with family and a few close friends. Unfortunately, the romper I chose for James to wear didn’t arrive in time, but we compromised with some things we already had and added the most adorable bow-tie & suspenders handmade by a friend and local Mum, Kimberly, from Cute2Hoot.
We rushed out the weekend before the party and did some shopping, including buying James his presents – a slide and a swing. We set these up on the day in the backyard (along with his trampoline and a bouncy castle) to keep the kids well and truly entertained. At the last minute, we were able to score the gorgeous Beck from RJN Photography to come along and take some updated photos for us (she did James’ newborn and first birthday photos & holds a special place in our hearts). Our guests each brought a plate of morning tea to share, and we just relaxed outside while the children played.
James opened his presents with an excitement I haven’t seen before and a grin from ear to ear! But let’s just say once he saw a new car, nothing else was up to scratch! We then had cake, which was lovingly made by my talented Mum (and of course was car themed!) I don’t think James stopped smiling or moving the entire morning! I can probably go as far as to rate this as one of the best days of his life! It was the perfect celebration of our fun, independent and adventurous little man. As much as I loved going OTT for his first birthday, it just goes to show that all a kid really needs is some friends, cars and cake.
Now sit back and bask in the happiness below!
James Shirt: Cotton On Kids (as much as I hate to admit it, being a huge handmade advocate!)
James Shorts: Target (see above!)
James Bow-Tie & Suspenders: Cute2Hoot
James Sandals: Country Road
TWO Milestone Card & Chalkboard Print: yours truly!
Cake: My Mumma
Photography by the super talented Beck from A Mother's Love Photography, who also photographed Jimmy's First Birthday