Friday, August 10, 2012

Gavin is one!

I can't believe my baby is one already.  This year has absolutely flown by.  I feel so lucky to have such an amazing baby.  He's so laid back and easy.  He finally learned to crawl a week before his birthday and now he is all over the place.   He is sleeping great, usually on his belly with his little butt in the air.  It's so cute! And he eats everything in sight, even though he still only has three teeth.  This last week he FINALLY learned to drink from a sippy cup, and we weaned him off formula to milk.  (Hallelujah!  No more formula!)  He is absolutely in love with his older brother.  He wants to do whatever he does and be wherever he is.  Jackson can make him laugh  harder than anyone.  (He's my go to photography assistant when I need a smiling picture from Gavin)  Gavin is definitely a "people" person.  He can just sit and watch and interact with people all day.  He doesn't really care about toys or tv.  He will stare at a random stranger until they talk to him, then he laughs and claps!    

He turned one when the Olympics started, so it seemed only fitting to have an Olympics party for him!  To get ready for it, we had a photo shoot with Gavin doing various Olympic sports.  


Then I made this video invitation with the pictures

For the party, I had had some of the pictures blown up and put the posters up around the house.  (It's only $4 at Staples!  The quality isn't awesome, but good enough)

I  made some paper chains out of construction paper I already had around the house to represent the Olympic rings. 
For party favors, I made mason jar sippy cups.  My husband drilled holes in the tops and we put in rubber grommets.  I added crazy straws and used these American flag sweatbands to finish it off.

For the cake, I baked 5 8 inch rounds, then cut the middles out and pieced it together to make the rings.  I used the middles to make Gavin's little smash cake.  To ice it, I just used a star tip. 
We had a photo booth.  My husband made the podium and I painted it.  I found this finish  line backdrop at Ikea.  (It's actually a twin sized duvet cover.)  I had different props for the kids to pose with.   

Blowing out his candle.

He  had never had anything so sweet before and wasn't sure about it at first. 

But he ended up getting into it. 

I love cake now!
It was so great to have so many of our friends come and celebrate the big day with us.  Happy birthday sweet boy!

1 comment:

  1. What an awesome, creative idea! I love it! The pictures, video, photo booth, posters and cakes were all so cool!