Last week my little man turned one! I was far more excited about it than he was. Obviously.
Despite his lack of interest in getting older I still wanted to make the day special. So we spent the morning playing together, and having his 12-month photo shoot:
After a big hug, kiss and a “Happy Birthday” from both Mama and Dada, I dressed Boo in his 12-month onesie made by his Nana. As you can see, he was very thoughtful that morning, obviously contemplating his life so far, and what it means to be one year old.
Once he’d finished with his deep thoughts, though…he got on the move…
…he very closely examined Mama’s glasses…
…which for some reason was lots of fun!
Mama and Boo Boo dancing to celebrate ONE YEAR OLD!!! Hurrah!
As the day wore on, though, Boo started to get a little pensive again (i.e. he was getting sleepy).
When Boo went down for his nap, that’s when I got busy decorating!
I’d seen Sesame Street pom poms on Pinterest previously, and decided they’d be a great low-cost, but high impact, decoration that I could re-use in Boo Boo’s room after his birthday. A week or so before the big day I bought tissue paper at the dollar store and made each pom pom using 5 sheets, cut in half (making each pom 10 sheets thick – so nice and full). I already knew how to make poms from my wedding, so this was a cinch. There are tutorials everywhere for poms. I won’t bore you with another one.
I had plenty of card stock and construction paper in my craft stash for the faces, which I mostly drew free-hand (except for the eyes…I think I traced a stacking cup for those). Once everything was cut out, I used double-sided tape to adhere the faces to the poms.
Here’s a close-up of each character (I’m quite proud of them!):
Grover Pom Pom
Big Bird Pom Pom
Elmo Pom Pom
Cookie Monster Pom Pom
Oscar the Grouch Pom Pom – this one was my favourite!
To stick with the Sesame Street and primary colours theme, I bought a green dollar store tablecloth, yellow paper plates, and – my only decoration splurge – 1st Birthday Elmo napkins from the party store.
And of course there were presents!
When Boo woke up, we explored the house and its new birthday decor:
Boo looking up at his stack of presents. I think he was eyeing the Elmo gift bag, and the Big Hugs Elmo that wasn’t wrapped (it was delivered earlier that day….so no time to wrap it!)
Besides the Sesame Street poms, I’d also hung balloons throughout the house at “Boo level” for him to see better, and play with.
After enjoying the decorations, we went for a walk to the park. I’d intended for Boo to have a ride on the swings…..only they were already gone!! Completely completely gone! (It wasn’t just a matter of the swings being taken down for the winter – the whole swingset was dismantled and gone…they’ve been working on improvements to our local park, so I can only hope new (and better) ones will be put up next spring.)
Boo and Mama enjoying the fresh air on his Birthday walk!
Back at home Boo seemed to once again be contemplating the meaning of life…
When the husband got home from work, he was probably more swept up in the idea of Boo’s birthday than Boo! So we opened up a present right away – Big Hugs Elmo:
Dada, Boo and Elmo!
Boo was so excited to see Elmo move, talk and sing to him!
After playing with Elmo, Boo Boo’s Grandma and Grandpa came over for dinner…..and this is where I suddenly don’t have very many pictures, as I got busy giving Boo his dinner, eating dinner, trying to entice Boo to open his presents (and then basically opening them for him).
I did, however, take pictures of my cake!!!
Boo Boo’s Cookie Monster Cake
After debating and torturing myself over what Sesame Street character to make – I decided to make two cakes. A Cookie Monster cake to celebrate with Boo Boo’s Grandma and Grandpa, and an Elmo cake to celebrate with his Nana and Gramps (still to come – the Elmo cake currently resides in my freezer – I have a sneaking suspicion it is neon red).
I tackled it in two parts….one night I made the cake and then put it in the freezer. The next night was reserved for the icing….and what a LONG night that was. I haven’t decorated a cake in years. No joke. I think I was still living with my parents in my childhood home. So this was an experience. Luckily, I have a Michael’s about 5 minutes away so I was able to purchase all of the supplies I needed, including some ready-made black icing.
The cake itself was a simple yellow cake, and the icing buttercream (with LOTS of colouring!). I used the recipes from this post by Kelly Luna, minus the cookies and cookie dough. It turned out amazing! So so delicious. So much so, that my mother-in-law (whom I’d been warned might not be too keen on blue icing) had a second piece! Wow!
I’d love to tell you that Boo Boo went crazy for the cake and dived right in….but nope. He kinda poked at it a little. I put a small piece into his mouth and he seemed interested in the new taste….but overall, he didn’t seem too impressed :(
Boo Boo and his Cookie Monster Cake
Maybe he’ll be more into cake number two (he is very attracted to red, so here’s hoping the Elmo cake proves more enticing)!