I still cannot believe John is already one! We threw a fiesta to celebrate him turning UNO! This party was lots of fun to plan. I think the adults had just as much fun as the children. Here are some of the party details.
How cute is this invite Mila Design created for the party?
Once I settled on a theme the first thing I was excited about creating was the word “uno” for the tablescape. I found some twelve inch canvas letters at Michaels and then wrapped them in fringed tissue paper to create a piñata effect. I cut the tissue paper into two inch strips and then used these scissors to cut the fringe (such a time saver!). Starting at the bottom of the letter I wrapped the tissue paper around twice and secured it to the letter with transparent tape. I continued all the way to the top alternating colors. I also covered the very bottom of the letter in the same color tissue paper as the fringe I was using to hide the canvas. I think they turned out super cute! I secured them to our French doors using these hooks.
I knew I wanted a few small burro piñatas and found some I loved on Etsy from LulaFlora but $6 each seemed a little pricey. I found this tutorial and decided to give it a go myself. Instead of using glue like the tutorial suggests I used transparent tape to control the mess. It was actually much easier than I thought. I made them while watching tv after the littles were tucked into bed using the leftover tissue from the letter project and some old card stock we had around the house. I think they are adorable, don’t you?
I printed a bunch of photos of John from his first year and glued them on to construction paper we already had on hand. I didn’t bother measuring for this project; I just folded the construction paper in half, cut it and then eyeballed the photo placement. I secured them to the brick wall using outdoor mounting tape.
I think the table came together nicely. I found the striped tablecloth at Target and at the last minute an adorable burro piñata just jumped into my cart. Doesn’t he make the cutest table decor? This table held the chips, salsas, and guac as well as the cupcakes for all the littles. I also wanted to display John’s smash cake on the table, but I was too afraid it was going to fall apart (more on that later).
We used our teak buffet for the drink station. I filled one dispenser with lemonade and the other with margaritas of course! We also had coolers filled with water and beer. For decor I used some napkin flowers I made for Alexandra’s Dr. Seuss party, a mini burro piñata, and some brightly colored flowers (you know the ones that the kids always want to buy, but you want pretty flowers for your home?). I borrowed the table runner from my sis-in-law…it was perfect!
Gymboree had the perfect guayabera for John (it’s on sale now!). Here he is enjoying some chips and queso.
I also had Mila Design make a birthday poster for me. I made one of my own for Malcolm’s first birthday, but I had to be honest with myself that I didn’t really have the time to make it on myself this time. Mila Design sent me the completed digital file of the poster within 24 hours and I sent it to Costco to have it printed. I used spray adhesive to affix it to some foam core board.
I was most excited (and nervous) about John’s smash cake! I wanted to make a burro piñata cake! I kind of followed this tutorial, but I used a cardboard support between the legs and the body because I was afraid the belly would start to sag. I also used 2 lollipop sticks to support the head which was extremely top heavy. I was so afraid that he was going to fall apart! I kept him hidden in the freezer until cake time because I was scared that he would become too fragile at room temperature.
I had a custom papel picado cake topper made by Calavera Press. It is soooo cute!
For all the other littles at the party I made simple “piñata” cupcakes (they had shredded coconut toppings).
John changed out of his guayabera for cake time. The “Today I Eat Cake” bib was appropriate for his first cake (or any sweet for that matter) experience. A kid size sombrero made the perfect party hat!
John wasn’t quite sure what to do with the cake at first. All he needed was a little encouragement from Bepa.
Hope you enjoyed a peek of John’s party. The autofocus on my camera wasn’t working properly so I am bummed that most of the photos were blurry.