Earlier this month, we were thrilled to throw Henry’s first birthday party. A baby turning one is such a big family milestone, I just had to seize the opportunity for a fiesta! We had the party at our home and welcomed about 40 people in all. We are so fortunate to have made so many wonderful friends in just one year living here in Brussels.

I really enjoyed planning this party–possibly because the alternative most nights was working on my master’s thesis–and loved how everything came together in the end. Most importantly, Henry had a great time! We were a little worried that so many people at once would overwhelm him, but he just basked in all the activity and love.

I ordered invitations from Blue Fence Designs, and was so happy with how they turned out. Chrissy was easy to work with and helpful, even when I asked to go back and tweak some details after we had already finalized the order. I framed a copy of the invitation and set it out in our entryway during the party.

I thought the invites turned out so well that I later decided to order matching printables. This was such a good call, as it was relatively inexpensive, simple, and ensured that everything coordinated nicely.

Since most of Henry’s friends take afternoon naps, we had the party from 10:30-12:00, and I served a light brunch. Many guests stayed well past noon, though, which made me so happy. The first 90 minutes absolutely flew by, and I loved having the extra time to talk to guests, plus I hope this means others were having as much fun as we were!

The full menu included:

Boursin cucumber bites
Spinach and artichoke quiche cups
Pineapple chicken salad on toasted baguette slices
Veggie tray with hummus
Goldfish and Cheerios (for the littles ๐Ÿ™‚

Chocolate cupcakes with whipped vanilla bean frosting
Lemon blueberry mini-muffins
Chocolate chunk scones
Strawberry skewers

Mimosas with fresh OJ
Apple-raspberry juice
Sparkling water
Coffee station (of course!)

The Goldfish were a huge hit with the kiddos, who especially liked being able to take their own little cup. I think the other menu standouts were the scones and the cupcakes–I guess we connect best with fellow chocolate lovers! I especially was happy with the scones because I had made them in advance and only had to bake straight from frozen the morning of the party. So easy. I only wish I had made twice as many! And taken a picture before they were inhaled!

I made these sweet bunting banners to hang above our doorway and the mantle in the living room, with fabric from Hawthorne Threads. I was delighted at how well the fabric coordinated with the printables, considering I had ordered it all online. After the party I hung the banners up in Henry’s nursery. They make me smile every time I see them!

I may have gone a little overboard displaying photos of Henry around the house. I blame Pinterest.

For one last sweet treat, we sent guests home with sugar cookies shaped as teepees and arrows. Although I actually think the little “Wild One” plaques were my favorites! These came out nothing like I originally envisioned, but I was happy enough with them in the end, and am definitely learning something new every time I attempt to decorate with royal icing!

Overall, we just had a wonderful time celebrating our little guy, and I am already looking forward to next year’s party! ๐Ÿ™‚