Sunday, September 28, 2014

Audrey's Wizard of Oz Themed First Birthday Party

I decided a long time ago that Audrey's first birthday party was going to be Wizard of Oz themed.  Kyle and I figured for each of our kids, we'd throw a very elaborate (in our opinion) first birthday party.  We'd make lots of things, go all out on the decorating, etc.  After that, we figure each kid would probably be old enough to at least express what kind of birthday party they'd like and we'd sort of follow their leads without going too extreme.  Since I flat-out refused to have a Batman birthday party for Audrey, Kyle left me in charge of choosing the theme, and I thought Wizard of Oz would be adorable!  I spent a good portion of the summer researching on Pinterest different ways to pull off this Wizard of Oz look, and I was pretty pleased with the results!  It took FOREVER to do the decorating (I took off work on the day before the party) and I'm so grateful everyone else was willing to help pitch in food so I didn't have to make all of that, too.  I think one of the best things about the way the party looked was everyone exclaiming about the small details.  I was slightly proud when my cousin asked me to plan her next birthday (she's in her twenties).  I think I could quit my job and make a career out of this, but I'd probably be too stressed out!

We sent out an "Over the Rainbow" invitation to Audrey's party in mid-August.  My super-awesome husband looked at one of the ones I liked on Google and painstakingly created it on Photoshop:

This is what Kyle based the invite off of.  I have ours saved in a file, but obviously won't post it here because it has my parents' address on it.

Here's our best attempt at a Wizard of Oz themed party:

The balloons took about two hours to blow up, string with fishing line, and hang up with a ladder.  However, I like the floating look the fishing line gives!  It's cute, but so, so time-consuming.  Only do if you have helpers.  Thanks, Pinterest!

Found awesome "Over the Rainbow" streamers at Party City

This "My Wish For You" box has a slot at the top for putting notes in.  It locks on the side, too.  The whole idea is to write notes to your kid and let them read the notes when they're older.

I recycled these terra cotta pots from our wedding decorations.  I painted them all up different colors, put quotes from the movie on them in Sharpie, and put different flowers/fillers in them to set around the garage.  This wasn't a Pinterest idea...all my own!  I don't know what to do with most of them now, and I hate to throw them away.  I guess I can take them to school and set them out somehow...
Audrey's photo albums from her first year.  We have up through 11 months in the albums now, and all I have to do is add her 12 month pictures and these to the albums!  600+ pictures (including ultrasound, bump, and maternity pictures) to date and put in sleeves takes A LONG TIME.  But it was worth it!

I printed this to put on the trunk as a shout-out to Professor Marvel, the fortune teller Dorothy visits at the beginning of the movie.

Yellow butcher paper.

Sign on the restroom door.  Pinterest idea!

Also Pinterest!  Kyle made these on Photoshop though, so I didn't have to make a REAL signpost!

So this is the scarecrow that sits outside our house in the fall.  We usually stuff him with leaves, but I wasn't dragging leaves back to Portland.  So, Kyle and I took walks with Audrey to campus and scooped up any Daily News issues of the campus newspaper we could find to stuff our scarecrow.  It took a lot of newspapers!

I originally wanted to make the refrigerator an Emerald City, but we were conflicted about this because we figured we'd need to get things in and out of the refrigerator for the party.  So, I think my mom came up with this idea.  I had a poster board and extra streamers, so this worked perfectly!

Some of the pots I made are on these tables and are hard to see.  We had an awesome spread!  And yes, we did give all the foods a Wizard of Oz name.  Most of the names are similar to ones I found on Pinterest, although we did make quite a few up ourselves.

Brats.  Kyle came up with the food name "If I Only Had a Brat".  He was so proud of that fact and I'm pretty sure he told everyone at the party that he was responsible for this clever additive.  It's better than the first one he came up with, which was "Meat Tornados".  I vetoed that one because it sounded dumb.

Totos (Hotdogs) in a Basket (Buns)

Mom made the "Yellow Brick Road Mac and Cheese", and Betsy made the "Emerald City Seven-Layer Salad".  The pot at the back says, "Ding Dong! The witch is dead!" 

You can't really see the name here, but it's Mom's "Poppy Field Cheeseball".  And the pot says, "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"

Michele brought the "Land of Oz Fruit Tray"

My grandma brought the "Gale Farms Vegetable Patch" (the veggie tray).  Then also we have animal crackers and pumpkin dip.

"Tin Man Hats" (Hershey Kisses) and "Munchkinland Candy" (Skittles)

Kyle bought this sign online for the party.  Beside it is my iPod and speaker, which we used to play the movie soundtrack in the background.

The house that landed on the Wicked Witch of the East is really a set of shelves with black plastic tablecloths draped over them.  I drew and cut out the windows and taped them on the house.

So these are just regular knee-high white socks with black electrical tape for stripes.  I already owned the shoes (idea from Pinterest).  Kyle printed off the witch's death certificate from Google (my idea).

Water and "Glinda the Good Witch Juice" (Pink Lemonade).

So this window frame was my idea!  I think everyone said that it was one of the things they liked the most, which I was proud of.  It's actually a window frame that came out of our house when we replaced windows five years ago, so it's super-old (1928).  We've been keeping them in the garage, not really knowing yet what to do with them but wanting to do something...I actually thought I'd use it for a project at school, so I had already cleaned it off, distressed it, and had Kyle knock the glass out of it.  I ended up bringing it along and taping blue and green paper on the back of it.  I then drew a tornado in black marker.  Then, Mom and I hung it.  Easy peasy!

I wanted something besides flowers in some of the pots, and Hobby Lobby was putting out some interesting Christmas decorations, so here's what I ended up with!

This is the Wicked Witch of the West puddle.  My sister cut out the puddle from green paper and we taped it down.  We stuffed her hat with newspaper and just set it on top.  I was afraid people wouldn't know what it was, so I wrote a quote from the witch on the puddle.  It says, "You cursed brat, look what you've done!  I'm melting, melting!"

Kyle also purchased these McDonald's toys online for a couple of bucks.  The complete set came with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda.  All of them came with a piece of Yellow Brick Road that hook together in a long chain.  We ended up using them as centerpieces.  Now I have them at school in my room because they are just so gosh darn cute!

Baby food jars that were also recycled from my wedding.  These are filled with Skittles and also used as centerpieces.  I'm pretty sure I saw a similar idea on Pinterest, so I won't take credit for that one.

Also found this on Pinterest.  I bought some ribbon with rainbow dots on them, cut them to be about the same length, and Mom taped them on with purple masking tape.  Mom also happened to have a Lion bib put away somewhere, so that was just perfect!

"Over the Rainbow" cupcakes that I made (funfetti with vanilla icing and sprinkles).  I finally got a reason to use my Pampered Chef cupcake stand!  We also had Melting Wicked Witch ice cream (mint chocolate chip), which is Audrey and Kyle's favorite!

Finally, the best part, Audrey dressed up as Dorothy.  I found the tutu and bow at Once Upon a Child in Muncie and bought Audrey some new onesies to wear.  Mom found the shoes on clearance at Walmart...and they were the perfect fit!  The shoes were the most darling thing, and Audrey actually kept them on!  I think she just liked to look at them occasionally...

My brother-in-law Matt and my nephew Calvin

Calvin has "ruby slippers" on, too!

Audrey loved playing with the extra balloons that were laying around the garage.

Audrey did so well with presents.  I guess I didn't realize it, but Kyle said it took about half an hour to open all of them, and Audrey just sat in my lap patiently while we opened them.  By the time we got to the last few presents, she got the concept of ripping the wrapping paper off.  She did NOT like to slow down to look at the clothes when she opened those, though...she liked opening toys a lot better :)

There are tons more pictures of us opening presents, but these are some of the better ones.

Audrey also got some big presents!  This rocking horse was made by hand by Kyle's grandpa!  How cool is that!  Audrey didn't really know what to make of the horse, but she thought he was interesting and sat on him.

My parents got Audrey a kitchen set to go with her play food.  We actually just got this up at our house a week later (we couldn't bring everything back at didn't fit in the car!).  She loves to open and shut everything and turn on the grill.

One thing Audrey also found interesting was the trash from the presents :)

After we had cupcakes, Kyle and his parents put together the wagon Gary and Michele got Audrey.  She LOVES riding in this!

Cake time!  Audrey SMASHED her cupcake into her face with no hesitation.  It's like her whole life had been leading up to that single moment.  I'm glad I had the video camera ready, otherwise I could have easily missed the smash!

We let her get as messy as she wanted!  I also put her ice cream directly on her tray and she loved trying to hold the ice cream.  Audrey had cake and ice cream in her hair, on her face, on her belly, and on her legs!

Before we put her in the bath, we let the puppy lick the icing off her legs and belly.  Audrey thought that was pretty cool!

She also thought it tickled when he licked her foot, so she might have kicked the dog in the head...
I also tried to get pictures of Audrey with everyone who was there, but somehow I didn't get one of her with my sister or brother-in-law and my mom never jumped into one, either. Also my brother, Nick, and his girlfriend, Janelle. But we got most everyone else!

My cousin Hilary came!

Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Knittle

Audrey with Daddy, Grandpa Byard, and Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Byard

Great Grandparents, Mommy, Audrey, and Grandpa Knittle
Grandma and Grandpa Byard
Not able to come but there in spirit were my aunt and uncle Brett and Teresa who live in Oklahoma and Kyle's other grandma who had a class reunion in Michigan on the same day.  Also Uncle Jacob, Aunt Kelsey, and Brian.

Overall, Audrey was a great sport!  I thought she'd crash after the party was over and we were taking things down, but she didn't.  She stayed up super late and slept hard until the next morning.  She was pooped, and so were we!  Thanks to everyone who helped put the party together and also traveled from further away.  This was probably my favorite birthday to date, and it wasn't even mine :)