Although Staley had a plethera of different ideas for the theme of his party, she jumped on board with the monster theme I decided on. She helped me bake some breakfast goodies and cupcakes, helped with some of the decorations, sewed a gift for Briggs (and wrapped it herself), and had some big plans for a few shows that the cousins would do (which didn't actually happen).
The birthday flag that Staley made
Like any good first birthday party, there were decorations...
there was food...
there were cupcakes before lunch...
and there were games.
The kids made monsters. The plan was for Briggs to crawl over to which monster he liked the best, but he was a little overwhelmed by it all and just cried until I picked him up. But the kids seemed to enjoy the monster-making project anyway. And the grown-ups did a one-themed trivia quiz.
There was also some present opening.
Briggs wasn't a real active participant in the present opening. Luckily, Adelie was a very willing helper.
And, of course, there was a special cake made specifically for the birthday boy.
Briggs ate his cake much like he does everything else in life...in his mellow, easy-going way.
He didn't get too messy or eat too much, but seemed happy about it.
After his fun morning, Briggs took a nice afternoon nap. Then both sets of grandparents joined us for Briggs's birthday dinner of some of his favorites--meatballs, mashed potatoes, cheesy carrots, peaches, and rolls. He opened one last gift, played a little bit, had a fun birthday bath (with his new bath toys), and then slept soundly. What a fun and full first birthday!!
The birthday boy.