Tuesday, November 18, 2008


It's my party and I'll cry if I want to!

Trent really was a happy guy for his birthday celebration. The problem was that he had a late nap and had just woken up right before the party started, so he was a little sensitive at first. But after a few minutes, and some hugs and kisses, he was his normal happy self.

We started off the party by having the kids make paper sack elephant puppets and playing a bean bag toss game.

Then we had dinner - pizza, salad, and fruit. I used a white table cloth and put down strips of black crepe paper (zebra stripes) and had a bucket of peanuts on the table as well.

After dinner we played the classic game of eating donuts off a string. We called it "giraffe stretch" because the kids had to stretch their necks like a giraffe to reach the donuts.

And then it was on to presents and Trent got SPOILED!

I love Trent's expression in this picture -

Watch out! There were some wild animals hanging around.

I made lion cupcakes for the guests and a monkey cake for Trenters.

Trent did NOT disappoint when it came to having his cake and eating it too! He really gave us quite a good show. The cake was not at all recognizable by the time he was finished with it.

The kids all got bags of "ZOO food" which included: Monkey Poo (a.k.a. whoppers), Elephant Snax (a.k.a. circus peanuts), Gator Grub (a.k.a. goldfish crackers), and a box of animal crackers. And I made these favors out of Trent's baby food jars for the adults -

Thanks so much to everyone for coming to celebrate Trent's first year! We appreciate all the great gifts, which were greatly needed. Now Trent will be the best-dressed kid on the block with the best toys! And also a very special thanks to Monica for taking all the great photos. I didn't want to have to worry about taking pics during the party, so I asked Monica to do it for me and she did a GREAT job!


Ashley Rae said...

Oh.my.gosh. You are so creative! I love the zoo idea- and his costume. AND the gift baggies. AND the game. Ok, so all of it. It looks like the kids had a blast!

The Lund Five said...

It was a really fun party! We had a great time! Happy Birthday Trent!!

The Carter Family: said...

Super cute! I don't know how all of you manage to have a FABULOUS party...EVERY time! I guess I am just not a party planner-but it sure is inspiring!!

Jamie said...

Another great party . . . too cute!

Princess said...

I wish I was there! Maybe he was cranky because he was hot in that lion suit! Ashlyn with that doughnut in her mouth is priceless! I love how Trent is squeezing the cake! As always, your party skills are amazing! I miss you and can't wait to see you next week!

Crazy Lifferths said...

You never stop amazing me! I can't believe that he is already a year old! He has the sweetest face ever!

rsheedy said...

There's no way Trent is a year old already...I refuse to believe it! The party looked awesome; you are so creative! Monica did a great job capturing some priceless expressions. Such cute kids!

Monica said...

Thanks Jame. It was a super fun party. wE sure adore Trenters!

The Simmons Family said...

AMAZING!! We did a zoo themed party, but we just WENT to the zoo... they did all the creative stuff.

I might be borrowing some of your ideas.



Heather said...

You are AmAZinG! I cant believe all the work you went to! I couldnt even bake a cake, let alone be bothered with party favours and games...Your kids are so lucky to have you!

Zachary said...

You always do such an amazing job with your party planning!

The Wright's said...

You are downright amazing.