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Prepping & Planning

Coen's party is approaching at rapid speed.  To say that I'm prepared is a bit of an understatement.  I have some really great ideas, but have not put a lot of them into place just yet and it's going to be on Sunday!

I have this board on Pinterest that is for "1st Birthday Ideas" and then I have this other board that is just for "Let's Party" ideas that I've also packed with some great ideas.  I have a few items that I'm following through with but other things are just being pushed to the side since I really don't have the time or funds to create it all.

So, what's my plan so far?

  • Create a balloon wreath, which I have a portion of the supplies for and hang this on the front door.
  • Buy a #1 and decorate this in scrap-booking paper to hang in the house somewhere. Haven't decided if it will be apart of the wreath or just an extra item that hangs in the house somewhere.
  • Print all of his block pictures to show the progression of his growth and hang them on the hallway wall in the living room. (Using small clothes pins and twine from my baby shower.)
  • Decorate the kitchen table with brightly colors items and wonderful food for everyone to enjoy.  I'm still on the fence on whether we are going to grill (because it could be really hot) or just have crock pot options. What would you do instead of grilled food?  Shredded chicken sandwiches, pulled pork and mac n cheese were the options I was thinking about.  Thoughts?
  • Cake pops for the cake, instead of a cake that no one will eat.  We are also ordering a special cupcake from our favorite bakery in Powell that will serve as Coen's "smash cake".  
  • We will have the wagon in our house that will serve as the location for gifts, as long as they all fit in the wagon.  Could be a little tricky, but could look really cute.
  • We will string streamers from the deck/pergola in various places to add color and flare outside.
  • We should be getting a new patio table that is rectangular that will serve as the main eating area for our guests, but we will have other tables as well to help with seating options.

We have a few things to still do before we can call it ready, so here's the prepping list for the week:
  • Clean
    • Bathrooms
    • Kitchen
      • Clean out the clutter and make the space more available for food
      • Move kitchen table to the wall and clear it off
      • Move chairs around the house to allow for more seating
      • Sweep & mop floors
    • Nurseries
      • Make presentable
    • Bedrooms
      • Make presentable
    • Living Room
      • Minimize toys and tear down the pack n play
    • The Loft
      • Make functional
  • Vacuum, dust, clean windows/mirrors and straighten where it can be done around the whole house
  • Mow the lawn & weed the beds (clean up tulip foliage & lilies)

Prepping and planning/buying starts tonight.  Wish me luck as we transform our house into the party zone that I'm hoping pleases Coen and all of our party-goers.

Cannot believe he's going to be one.


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