This week has been an amazing one for my sweet little family. First, on Wednesday we went to court to finalize Finn’s adoption. It was an incredibly emotional and joyous day for us, and we were so blessed to share it with family and friends. My brother in law filmed it for me, and created a CD of the event and added little videos of Finn over this last year. I think I started crying in the first 60 seconds, it was so beautiful (not to mention the rest of the way through).
Then on Thursday Finn took six whole steps. He is walking so well when flying back and forth between open arms that catch him. I just know he is days away from walking every where.
And yesterday we celebrated Finn’s first birthday with family and friends. His actual birthday is Tuesday, but July is a busy month for birthdays in our family (today is actually my mom’s birthday) so we had to squeeze it in before hand.
I wanted to share pictures of how his party turned out. I think it turned out so sweet… I’ll let you be the judge….
You may remember my Fox themed party inspiration post here. I decided to go with red, blue, black and green as the primary colors. I found several items on Etsy, but was amazed that I couldn’t find very many fox things in stores. The vintage pop bottles I bought on Etsy from The Brown Shed, and loved them paired with the blue and white straws I bought from Hey Yo Yo. I had intended to fill them with lemonade for the kiddos but since I had so few, I decided to just use them as decoration.
The goodie bags were made up of several fun items all in the fox theme. The bag itself is a reusable snack bag and I had them custom ordered from this sweet little shop: PepperPicnic. I filled each one with several fun things, including a fox finger puppet from AmyPanda. Every child also got a book (age appropriate) that included a story about a fox. Then I finished them off with woodland animal stickers, a sucker, a ball, some animal figurines, a party favor, and a toothbrush with a little fox on it.
I brought out some of my wooden crates, wire baskets, wooden puzzle pieces and pinecones to add to the woodland feel. I also bought these tiny little felted animals from this shop: MuddyFeet.
I bought several fox and woodland animal masks from many different Etsy sellers (HerFlyingHorses, BHBKidstyle, Opposite of Far and Little Bit). They ranged from foxes, raccoons, fawns, badgers and pumas (not sure if I can call the Pumas woodland animals, but they were cute!). I intended to have each of the kids wear them for the party, but somehow it never quite worked out. I did get a picture of the pretty miss Parker in the fawn mask though! (above). I think I’ll have another fun shoot with Finn and his new teepee from Mom and Dad with his little masks on very soon.
My mother in law, Sherry made the cupcakes for the party guests and also a small little cake for Finn. She was really sweet and even took cake decorating classes before hand so she could make the frosting extra pretty. She is such a wonderful Grandmother to Finn. He is lucky enough to have five grandmas that just adore him.
I made the little flags with the stamped “1” and the larger cake banner with his name to decorate his cake and cupcakes. I was excited at how they turned out as I almost never attempt things like these, as I am generally not a crafty person. I also made the little articulated fox and raccoon you may have noticed up there in the party photos. (I saw them on Etsy in this shop: Jennifer Baughan, and tried to recreate them at a much larger scale on my own. Not quite as cute, but I was proud to have made them myself).
Finn’s little shirt, which says “uno” also came from an Etsy seller: Little Threads Clothing. As did his custom party hat, which I ordered from Just a Squidge. I asked her for a little red wagon, a chocolate lab in a party hat, the “1” and a little sun on top. I think she did a great job incorporating my ideas and making them even cuter with the added presents and details.
Finn loved it when everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. Just look at him up there with those dirty knees, one shoe and silly grin. :o) My sister Morgan captured the three shots above, and the three below, and I just love them.
Finn’s bib, I’m sure you’ve seen on the blog before in my previous posts, came from Etsy seller, Down Home Amy. I adore all of them!
It was truly an amazing day and an end to an amazing week that we surely will never forget.