Last Monday my little Dutch boy turned 1! Yeah yeah time flies and all that stuff but really it does. I'm not a big birthday blowout party kind of person. I love all of the details but sometimes I have unrealistic expectations of events and if they don't go exactally as I see in my head then the whole thing is ruined for me. I couldn't take that chance with my babe's 1st b'day so something smaller was in order. Family party.
Since all of our family lives out of town they would have to stay in a hotel anyway. So we chose the most fun hotel in town, Grand National Marriott. It was pretty much perfect. Tons of photos to follow.
Party plans - swim, have fun, and swim some more! We spent Saturday afternoon at the pool and for supper ordered pizza. Super easy.
I promise that I'm not doing an ad for the hotel but it was really perfect. There was a guy playing the guitar and singing around the pool. And they were really good songs. Plus the pool was amazing and it had a slide. If you aren't into swimming with kids there was an adult only pool and it was totally empty. If you didn't want to be in the sun there was a ton of shade and several cabanas.
After we ate and the kids were all swimmed out, the boys also went fishing in one of the hotel's ponds. There was tons of room for the littles to run around in the grass and practice their new walking skills. After the sun went down the hotel set up a smores' bar which was so delicious and fun.
Before we left Saturday to head to the hotel I made muffins and fruit skewers for breakfast on Sunday morning. I ordered the little cardboard trays from etsy and the liners are from the $1 spot at Target
All of Dutch's cousins live in the same town and are all friends so that works out really well. Everyone had a playmate. We spent a few minutes on Sunday morning to get a few photos. Trying to corral and make 6 kids smile is pretty hard!
After the photos we headed up to the room for a birthday nap and then met everyone down at the pool for Dutch's "party".
We couldn't really have any decorations but since it was summer and I ate eleventy million popsicles while I was pregnant with Dutch we went with a popsicle theme. I use that term lightly since the only thing popsicle was the cake. But seriously how cute is that cake?!
Dutch isn't the biggest fan of sweets so he didn't go crazy with his cake. Who's child is this?!?! He enjoyed the fondant stick most of all.
S'rously boy just go crazy on that cake.
Nah I'll just eat the stick.
Group photo. Now everyone smile! ok perfect
I made cupcakes for everyone else but forgot to take a photo. My SIL helped me make the toppers that looked like this
They were really cute but I was so afraid one of the kids would eat one of those popsicles. In the end guess who ended up eating one. yep me.
It was all over after he opened the soccer ball.
Since we couldn't bring outside food to the party we ordered lunch from the hotel for everyone and ate around the pool. I forgot to take a photo but it was really yummy and I still think we came out cheaper than if we had done a big friend party.
Lots more playing. Check out was at 12 but we could stay and swim until 5. The pool had a tunnel slide and a splash pad near the zero entry. This area was really shallow and had lounge chairs.
See I was there!
And that was Dutch's first birthday party. Like I said it was awesome and kids refusing to leave is a sign of a good time. There may have been some tears involved. Special thanks to our families for making the party so special!
More birthday updates to come this week. I know y'all are so excited right?