A Wild First Birthday

I’ve been on a major hiatus from blogging! I don’t plan to abandon this blog as this blog still holds a very dear place in my heart and always will. So, now that I’m finding myself having a little more free time, I’m back!

The last time I posted was December 24th, right before Christmas. I had planned on my next post to be a recap of Jed’s 1st Birthday party but never got around to it. So, the LONG overdue 1st Birthday recap is how I’m choosing to jump back in. Why? Because it’s a HUGE milestone for any baby, especially one whose odds were not the greatest! To preemie moms debating how big they should go for a first birthday, I’m definitely one of those that will say BIG! Go as big as you can, budget and health and special circumstances all permitting.

I picked out Jed’s birthday theme while he was in the NICU. I love books, illustrations and all things whimsy and childish. Where the Wild Things Are has always been a favorite of mine and thankfully my husband Jeffrey liked the theme!

I began planning about 6 months in advance (yeah, I’m a little crazy). But I wanted it to be as special as possible without breaking the bank by having to rush and get everything last minute. I bought pieces little by little and worked on things whenever I found myself having spare time.

We sent out Save the Dates because we have A LOT of family that live out of town. Also, we had initially wanted to throw Jed’s party the day after his birthday because it was a Saturday. But, the park was completely booked every weekend in December (yes, even 6 months in advance). So, since we decided to throw it on Friday (his actual birthday anyways), we felt it definitely warranted a Save the Date so that people could make arrangements!

The venue was Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables. I wanted to have my baby shower here but when that went out the window, I absolutely knew this was where we would celebrate Jed’s first birthday. It’s such a special shelter, completely covered in stone and overgrown vines. It has a lower level with built in seating and a 2nd floor deck area that overlooks a lake. It’s the only shelter in the park and provides a lot of privacy. It really is a beautiful place!

Jed’s birthday was a very emotional and special day for us, one that we will never forget. I’m so grateful we have these pictures and memories forever and feel blessed to have been able to celebrate our boy turning one this way. I’ll walk you guys through the rest of the pictures. I have also included a list of vendors and links to some of the items below if you’re looking to throw a Where the Wild Things Are themed party!

Guests were all greeted with crowns on their plates!
We wanted to make sure we had something paying tribute to Jed’s journey and this milestone frame was perfect!

We kept food very simple and got sandwich platters, wraps, chicken, fruits, veggies, salads, etc from Publix catering!
Custom napkins I ordered on Etsy.
I saved a lot of money by handling Jed’s cake smash pictures myself which we had on display around the party.
I made these little favor boxes for the kids and also hand-lettered all of the signs found throughout his party! This sign was at the bottom of the staircase leading up to the party upstairs!
The upstairs area was setup with a teepee for pictures, corn hole, ladder toss, giant jenga and a table with a guest book, polaroid and photo props.

We used a Where the Wild Things Are book as his guest book! And how cute are these wooden pens?
We setup instructions for guests to take polaroids with the props as a keepsake!
Adorable custom felt masks we had as props for pictures!
We also had custom polaroid stickers made to add some personalization!
Jeds cake table was my favorite! We rented this awesome tree table and backdrop that fit his theme so perfectly! We also had that awesome custom banner made that was the perfect final touch.
Donut towers, cake pops and chocolate covered oreos. Those cake pops were bought on Etsy and shipped to me and they were absolutely perfect!

Had to have a wild thing hanging out on his little stump.
This cake was everything I hoped it would be. Not only beautiful but so delicious.
And don’t get me started on the cookies! I almost didn’t let anyone eat them. Kidding 😀
Our boy had a magical day.
And so did we. This is the “He did it” face. The “we did it” face. <3

Venue: Matheson Hammock Park
Tree Table/Backdrop Rental: Elf’s Prop Shop
Cake & Cookies: 3 Men & A Lil Lady Sweets
Cake Pops: The Pop Cakery (Etsy)
Donuts: Federal Donuts (now closed in Miami)
Milestone Crown Cutouts: Stella Party Designs
Custom Napkins: With Love and Ink
Felt Masks: Rayas Bowtique
Photography: Nabila Verushka Photography

I know this was long overdue but it belonged here! The NICU begins to fade, although never gone, and the present takes over…so trust me: it gets better and things like this DO happen!

I hope you guys enjoyed a little inside preview of Jed’s first birthday and all of the love that went into it. Planning parties is something I love and enjoy deeply. But finally getting to plan one for my son, especially after everything we’ve been through with him, was just….unreal.

Love you all,

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