Reading-themed first birthday party

I am not crafty. I am not “pinteresty.” I am not even very creative. So I have been trying to plan Logan’s first birthday party for a while now since I knew I would need time to come up with good ideas. I also have a lot of talented friends, so I hired different people to make goodies for the party!

I came up with the theme simply because “reading/books” is the theme of Logan’s nursery. I knew I could use all the decor in his nursery and that would save me money. However, I forgot to use ANY of the decor from his nursery due to losing my mind the day of the party. So sad. 😦

I love this time of year for Logan’s birthday because it isn’t too hot and it isn’t too cold. The Lord graciously gave us an absolutely perfect evening so we could have the party outside.

Let’s start with the invitation!

I had a friend who is also a local graphic designer come up with the invite. I obviously blurred out the personal details. 🙂 I loved this quote and wanted it to be a theme of the party.


The cake.

A few months ago, I was at a friend’s house and she mentioned that her mom makes really awesome birthday cakes. She showed me some pictures and I was convinced! This lady did an amazing job with Logan’s cake and I couldn’t have asked for anything better! It also tasted just as wonderful as it looked!

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Party favors.

I gave out cookies and glasses as party favors. The cookies were made by another friend who is a local baker. The glasses were just Harry Potter party glasses I got off amazon. The glasses obviously went along with the nerdy owl. I love how my friend made the nerdy owl reading a book with the cookies!

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I decided to make Logan’s “smash” cake. I wanted to do the healthy, no-sugar cake thing. I made it a week ahead of time to practice. I’m so glad I did. It tasted awful and Logan absolutely hated it. In fact, he cried and pushed it off his tray. Soooo, I decided to do something different. I got a confetti cake mix and just used one cup of applesauce and one cup of water instead of the eggs and oil. It tasted really good. I used cool whip as the frosting. It looked cute, but unfortunately, Logan just did not feel like “smashing” his smash cake. He was so meticulous. Haha. Oh well. There’s always next year, right?


This is as messy as it got! Haha!

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A highlight of the evening was when we all sang to Logan. He absolutely LOVED that. Which makes sense since he loves music and singing. 🙂


Notice my necklace! I’ve had that necklace forever and thought it would be perfect! 🙂

The party was a lot of work. I’m glad we did it, but it definitely was a slightly stressful evening. But, I guess it was more of a party for us as parents to celebrate Logan’s little life. And let’s be honest, we are celebrating the fact that we kept him alive for a year. Phew!

I will close this post with what I posted on Facebook on Logan’s birthday.

“Almost exactly a year ago, someone came into my life and turned it upside down. He taught me how to really love, he taught me more about my God, he taught me to smile more. He gave me a present last night and let me snuggle with him before I put him to bed. I can’t remember the last time he let me snuggle with him. I am beyond blessed and I thank God from the bottom of my core for giving me my son. Happy birthday, Logan. Thank you for the hardest and best year of my life! Daddy and I love you!”


5 thoughts on “Reading-themed first birthday party

  1. Hi. I’ve read your blog occasionally because I know your mom, and she posts it on FB. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts! I, too, have a child(a girl) who had a birthday party on Saturday. Her 1st birthday is today. Your party was super cute! Great job!
    So while reading your posts, I can often relate to what you say. I enjoy them, and you are a blessing. Just wanted you to know.
    Thank you!
    Happy 1st birthday to your Logan!

    • Thanks so much for connecting with me! Happy birthday to your little girl! I’m sure you have had the same range of emotions that I have had in realizing our little babies are turning into toddlers!

      Thanks for your kind words and I hope you will continue to read the blog!

  2. Loved your post and the pictures of my precious great grandchild Logan. Admired your theme – very thoughtful and important! Love to all in the family, Nanny aka Oma

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