I was able to complete the birth thru 12 month photo timeline and it was hung above the doorways for all to see. It turned out so cute. After two attempts on the bee hive pinata, that turned out awesome also. I made Tigger bags for the kids because the stores didn't carry bags with ONLY Tigger. The balloons were ready on time and looked awesome. The orange, green, and yellow colors were amazing together.
Though the Tigger cake took forever (an hour drive one way to Aston to get Tigger and Mom at my house until 11:30pm the night before the big day) the cake was AWESOME!!! OMG, the Tigger cake.... OH it was fantastic! Nolan loved it!!!! And I made the hunny pot smash cake too (yes! I made it!!), which he didn't eat at the party since he had one just two days prior for his one year old photo shoot. I added a few stuffed animal pooh and friends to the decor and used what was left of the baby shower pooh stuff. Everything turned out great.
Nolan's high chair was even decked out in decorations. I used orange, yellow, and green paper lanterns that lit up on his tray. I got him a #1 balloon and tied that on the back of the chair. And he had a mat on the floor that matched the streamer pattern of the 1st birthday theme.
I not only went all out on the cake, but I made #1 cookies for dessert also. You can't have a first birthday and not have #1s all over the place. I had ordered a cookie cutter but I wanted bigger number 1s also. So, my thoughtful sister cut a #1 from cardboard that I was able to use to trace out #1s from cookie dough. Yes, she is the teacher in the family.
After most people left we decided to allow Nolan to open his gifts. Only a few of his cousins were left so it wasn't that big of a deal having all the kids in front of him. He did okay and even opened a few on his own. He loved the Cars riding toy that Aunt Heather got for him and the bouncy riding toy that Uncle Ryan and Aunt Sue got for him. He received so many great toys. He got a cozy coupe from Mommom and several books and outfits. He will be receiving his wooden table and chairs from Nana and Grandpa and a train set from Gramps. He got eatting ware (cups, plates, etc), books, puzzles, a drum set, baseball bat and ball set, a book reader, an Eagles jacket, the little people safari car,, money, a few more outfits, and a Phillies pillow pet.
Before the end of the evening, Aunt Heather took a few family photos for us. Nolan, though tired and exhausted, did great.
After the long but fun day, Nolan finally crashed around 10:00 on the couch. The poor kid was beat but he had an awesome day and a great first birthday celebration!