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11.13.14 my little man turned one years old. And as I type, he is now 3 days away from turning 16 months. Yes, it has taken me months to gather up this blog post. As I put on my Facebook Page and Instagram the other night, what happens is…. I start editing these images and then I stop…. think back through the past year, remember the planning process (and boy was it a long one) and often times I get so lost in the moments that I just completely forget about this blog post. And then life happens and you all know how that goes….
While Gentry was in my tummy, creating nicknames of this little baby started to be a normal thing between with Mitchell and I. One of them happened to be our little Minion. We would joke and joke about how we are having a kid so he can eventually be our minion (in all humorous ways of course) and the nickname stuck. I created a hashtag throughout my pregnancy that you can even now go back on to see (#GeigerMinion). While we were out an about one day (if I recall correctly we were at the movies) Mitchell blurred out, “I want his first birthday to have minions… all over…” Now I thought us Mamas only get excited for the first birthday, but apparently my husband also does. How sweet is that? So that’s the story behind this Minion theme. I took the past nick name and ran with it. I didn’t want a normal “Party City” out of the box decor so I knew I had to make a spin-off of this very common theme. I decided to tweak the decor in the most modern way that I could – with in our budget – which wasn’t very big.
Below my images will be all of the vendors that I used for this amazing day!
The planning process started sometime… around his 5th month of life. Yeah you read that right. I’m nuts. And I already knew what the theme was going to be so might as well start planning it right? Details ensued and I eventually had all my favorite pins and ideas pinned to my secret “Modern Minion” Pinterest board. I had family drive into town a couple of days before the party so it was pretty crazy in my small little house with all of us piled in. But we made do and worked feverishly to get everything in its place. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get up some decor for just lack of time and forgetful “mommy brain” like my amazing tassel banner I purchased from Charmingly Kristin Designs. I did however, reuse that banner for a shoot with Gentry so that worked out… My sweets table had a few missing pieces and wasn’t set up just how I envisioned it but regardless, I hope you enjoy these images! A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this day! After all its more for the parents (or the Mama rather) than the actual first birthday kid, am I right? I just hope Mister Gentry can look back on these images when he gets older and know how much love went into making his first year celebration memorable and super fun. He had…a…blast.
But first… I have to show you some outtakes from his photo session to create his Thank You cards.
The hat definitely did NOT stay on:)
And now on to the decor! Feel free to pin and share! I hope I inspire someone to recreate this theme. Would love to see what you come up with so feel free to tag me in any future posts! xoxo
Made sure we put bananas everywhere!
The hashtag for this party is none other than #GeigerMinion.
One of my favorite parts of the decor was the photos I had suspending in the air in the kitchen. It was another one of my “sentimental touches”…
Can you see the ornery minions throwing toilet paper across our cabinets in the background? 🙂
See below for outfit details
And last but definitely not least, the highlight of any one year old’s birthday party, the obligatory Cake Smash….
Minion outfit: PD Studio Store
Bandanna Banana Bib: Giggle Threads
Black & White Striped Moccs: Moccs by Robin
Invitation: Proffitt Productions
Modern Minion Posters (on sweets table): Poppy Loves to Groove
Minion Mini Rocket Ship: Made by Gentrys Daddy
Just about all other decor was created by me. If you have any questions on how I made any of the decor, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me in the comments or email!
A special thank you to everyone that helped me execute this party! From all the wonderful borrowed pieces to the physical labor, thank you all from the bottom of my heart!