Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Jacob's ABC First Birthday

July is Jacob’s birthday month, and since I didn’t start blogging until last year there are a lot of things that have gone undocumented on this little ol’ blog of mine – vacations, family photo sessions, birthday celebrations, and the list goes on.  In honor of his birthday month, I thought that I would share his first birthday party with you today.

He was always obsessed with his ABC’s from a very early age.  Very early.  From the time he was about four months old, he was enamored with the alphabet song.  Whenever we couldn’t get him to stop crying, all we had to do was sing his jam and he would be instantly soothed.  Every single time.  I used to try other songs just to experiment and nothing else ever worked, but the instant I started singing the alphabet song he would stop crying and listen intently.  I can remember several car trips where Brian and I sang it repeatedly (we’re talking 30 times in a row here, people!) to keep him calm until we reached our destination. 

He has always loved to read, often choosing to read instead of playing, and his favorite books were always books about… you guessed it.  The alphabet.  We read them over and over when he was small.  As a result, he was able to recognize most letters by the age of 18 months and he was able to sing the entire alphabet song by the time he turned two.  He was able to read short words just after his third birthday, and he started reading full books shortly after he turned four.  Now we’re just waiting on him to write his first novel.  ;o)

Anyway, because of his deep love for the alphabet, I didn’t even think twice when choosing a theme for his first birthday party.  I knew all along that it would be all about the ABC’s!

The party was held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at noon.  We went with bright blue and lime green for the party colors, and I kept the decorations simple – balloons hung upside down from the ceiling (that way we didn’t have to worry about helium!), letters A – G across the front of the table cloth, a simple wooden ABC sign that I made, and a cake meant to look like those wooden letter blocks.  The letters on the top of the cake spelled out JACOB, of course!  I also set out his 12 months frame so everyone could see how much he had grown throughout his first year.









On the menu:

Chicken Salad on Croissants
Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets
Fresh Fruit
Barbecue Chips
Plain Chips
Cake
Lemonade

All of our immediate family and friends joined us and it was the perfect day celebrating one year of life with our precious boy.  We ate, Jacob (sort of) dug into his smash cake, we opened presents, and we enjoyed each other’s company.  Jacob’s favorite gift was this tricycle from Mommy and Daddy (still using it today!), a rocking horse from Pop and Cokie, and the sweetest little wooden bench from Grandpa.  






















Although, I think secretly he would have been happy with just balloons.  :o)


I can’t believe that we will be celebrating his fifth birthday in just two short weeks.  It just really doesn’t seem possible.  

*Linking up with Jessi's Design and Going the Distance for What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday.


26 comments:

  1. Oh my girl. Jacob's first birthday party was awesome!! You did such a great job. I love the theme. Cam is a July baby too and I can't believe how quickly the last year has gone.

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  2. What a great idea!!! So special for him, but also would be super cute for any little one!

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  3. Look at how bitty he was! Awww! And I teared up when I saw him in that frog onesie. Cash wore that all the time with orange shorts & now I put Wyatt in it whenever I can! In fact, we had it in two sizes!

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  4. What an adorable party! I always forget about CFA nugget platters for parties!

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  5. Awe I love it! What a fun first birthday!

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  6. Smash cake photos are the best! His party turned out so cute. I love that he loves the alphabet song. I need to remember Chick-Fil-A for Mason's birthday.

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  7. Baby Jacob! So cute! Gosh this seems like forever ago, I remember seeing these pics! I loved this birthday party theme!

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  8. Aaawww Baby Jacob. So fun tot throw back to an old post, I should consider doing that sometime too! And girl, have you aged a bit since having kids?! I think not!

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  9. I had no doubt that you nailed it with the details on his 1st birthday party!! Thanks for sharing these with us!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  10. xo, Lily
    Beauty With LilyAwe, he was so little! Love the ABC's theme too, something different and not so generic. Love!!

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  11. How fun to look back and enjoy a birthday! My little guy is a July baby too (He turns 2 at the end of the month.)

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    1. Man, there are a LOT of July birthdays!! Happy birthday to your little man!

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  12. oh by still my heart!!! Tiny little Jacob!!!!! When he writes his first novel please put me down as one of the first who will buy it!!! I love his love for reading!!!!

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  13. What a precious party! I found your blog through Kelly's Korner kid's rooms link up. I'm your newest follower :)

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  14. Oh wow. I can't believe he will be 5 soon. So crazy. I can't believe how small he was at this time, but still so big. I like the theme of the alphabet. My girls love Patty Cake. That always calms them down. And the vacuum for Avery. Ha. I also love that you had Chick-fil-A nuggets there. My kind of party!!!

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  15. Awww... How precious! I love the idea of an ABC birthday party! <3

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  16. Aw, so adorable! Looks like a party enjoyed not just by kids but especially so by adults. :)

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  17. Ca-ute! Absolutely fabulous! You are the best party planner!

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  18. Adorable! He was so tiny! Super clever idea.

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  19. awww LOVE the alphabet party!!
    My Ollie turns 1 next weekend and I'm struggling!! We're doing a baseball theme whether he like sit or not lol

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  20. What a cute first birthday theme!! The colors and hanging balloons are great. Time flies by!

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  21. I remember that special day! Can't believe he's about to turn five!!

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  22. Oh my goodness, look at little Jacob! I can't believe he and Lily are turning 5. How is that even possible?!?

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    1. I know!! I miss those arm and thigh chunks so bad! :o(

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