I still can’t believe that my baby is 1 year old! We had such a fun party with our family and friends to celebrate Henry.
In the months leading up to his birthday David, the girls, and I had many conversations discussing what Henry’s party should be. The girls always choose their birthday party themes based on what they’re into at the moment. So we would sit around asking ourselves what were Henry’s favorite things?
His first movie in the theaters was Trolls, so that was a serious contender. However, if my idea of a first Halloween costume is any indication… I don’t like sticking with the norm. I like unique (and weird). Several times when we asked what Henry’s favorite things were, we would just say “milk” or “nursing”. That’s all he likes to do. He has spent the majority of his life eating – and for his first year his main source of nutrition has been milk. So milk became the theme! Henry’s Milk Bar to be more specific.
David had the idea to make it like a restaurant style where Henry is the owner, and we are all his workers. So David, Abby, Katie, and I wore t-shirts that said Henry’s Milk Bar as if we were the servers. Henry’s shirt said Henry and had the number 1 on it. My creative bestie made the logo, tshirts, and a large cardboard prop.
I decorated the backyard with garland made of tissue paper streamers and milk bottles. Orange, blue, and white bunting adorned the food table, as well as Daddy’s Milk Stout Bar. Henry’s birthday is the day after my husband’s birthday, and poor David now has his birthday overshadowed, so we made sure to have a Daddy-ish element at the party. We have this neat little wet bar in our dining room, so that became Daddy’s Milk Stout Bar where we had several varieties of milk stout on ice.
Henry’s Milk Bar
several varieties of milk
(regular, chocolate, hemp, coconut, almond, and of course Henry’s favorite: breast milk)
freshly baked cookies
pulled pork sandwiches
Hawaiian rolls and dinner rolls
mac and cheese
veggies with ranch
The birthday cake was really fun to make! I wanted to incorporate brownies and cookies because those are a perfect match for milk. I put a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough into a cake pan and that was the base of the cake. Then a layer of brownies baked in the same way. Topped with a funfetti cake, and it was all held together with Italian meringue buttercream frosting. I made tons of extra cookies and brownies for the party, so I used some of those to decorate the cake and I left the cake “naked” so that you could see all the different layers.
Since Henry is only 1 and I knew he would probably be mostly clinging to me during the party, and he doesn’t yet sit still for activities, our entertainment for the party came in the form of oversized lawn games. We had oversized Jenga, Connect Four, Cornhole, and we made our own Ring Toss game. We got a large bag of bead necklaces from the party store, and those were our “rings”. Any necklace the thrower got onto one of the bottles, they got to keep!
I cut out white card stock into various mustache shapes and attached them to wooden skewers so that people could take photos with their milk mustaches. I filled 3 mason jars with mini cookies and everyone wrote down their guesses for how many cookies were in each jar. The people with the closest guesses won the jar of cookies.
We had a really fun time with our closest people, and I am flying high knowing how much my
little tiny baby BIG ONE YEAR OLD is loved!
Check out Henry’s Smash Cake photos, too!