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Blake’s First Birthday, Let’s Celebrate!

Blake is having his first birthday! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and it feels like just yesterday that I met my sweet little man. Being my second baby (and a boy), Blake has opened my eyes to a million new things. I now know all the names of the Thomas characters, a ‘dozer and an excavator are not the same thing, and Wednesday is the best day of the week— garbage truck day. Most of all, I’ve learned that little boys LOVE their moms. I have to admit, he’s stolen my heart too.

First Birthday PhotographPhoto by Lynda Kennedy Photography

To honor the milestone, it’s time to celebrate Blake. My first thought was, I don’t want to throw a huge party. My five-year-old almost had an atomic meltdown when I broke the no party news. Her heart was in the right place (she loves birthdays and her brother), and she reminded me that every baby deserves to be celebrated, so I had to turn to plan B.

Having the party at our house wasn’t an option; I wasn’t ready to open my doors to 15+ little people and their siblings. It was time to outsource. When Addison was small, we were huge fans of Gymboree Play and Music; the program was a lifesaver for me as I entered the stay-at-home mom world. It was the perfect place to host Blake’s birthday bash.

Gymboree Play and Music

So far, the party has been low stress. I’m almost stressed that I have nothing to stress about. The Gymboree Play and Music staff is taking care of almost all the event details. We were able to pick from a long list of party themes, and we went with our little man’s favorite, trains. The staff is handling all the party activities and games, so all I have to take care of is decor and snack details. How fabulous is that?

To assist with bringing the train-themed birthday party to life, I teamed up with the fabulous gals from Happy Wish Company to help with all the decor details and personalizing the event space. Here is a sneak peek at some of the design inspiration for Blake’s upcoming party.

Train-Themed Birthday Party Inspiration Board

Conductor Hat and Kerchief Favors, Train Birthday Cake, Custom Thank You Tags, Happy Wish Company Party decor and Gymboree Play and Music party location

Stay tuned.The talented Lynda Kennedy will be on-site to capture the event, and we’ll be revealing the full party soon on Project Nursery!

Party Reveal: First Birthday at Gymboree Play & Music

Tuesday 11th of November 2014

[…] little man Blake officially turned one! We gave you a sneak peek of his train themed first birthday party at Gymboree Play and Music a few weeks back. Hold on to […]


Friday 3rd of October 2014

Oh my goodness, it's gonna be so much fun! Can I come? Gymboree Play and Music was a favorite in our home too! Enjoy!


Friday 3rd of October 2014

Stress free is the way to go these days, especially as a mom of two. Can't wait to see how it comes to life Kristin!