yep friends, little mr. re-nest #2’s big first birthday bash has its own hashtag. (now that i write that, it sounds so ridiculous. ridiculously cool.) 🙂

it seemed completely incomprehensible that almost one year has gone by since that thursday at the end of may, when our spicy little peanut with the most perfectly coifed head of hair (dark brown with highlighted tips!) decided to make his way into the world. to say that this little guy has been the absolute perfect addition to our family is a total understatement. he’s made little mr. re-nest #1 a big brother. he’s shown mr. re-nest and me how to multitask to the max. most importantly, he’s showed us that even more love is possible.

so, to celebrate this little man, we threw a “very hungry caterpillar” first birthday bash this weekend. it was a smaller bash, with just as much cake as little mr. re-nest #1’s party. and to say that i had a blast doing the decor for this party hardly even scratches the surface. this party was the bomb.

let’s get to it, shall we? once again, lots ‘o pics and full-on credit list at the end because a mama who has two parties in just over a month needs a little help from her friends.

let’s start with the invitation! 
invitation layout and design by digipartyshoppe on etsy
one of my very fave pieces of the party: the tissue puff number one.
made by me (and my mom helped too!). finished off with
little mr. re-nest #2’s wooden wall letters from
pottery barn kids, a fabric wrapped canvas, and my
vase of white sticks. a nice little entryway decor element!
just another cool angle shot. plus you get a view of
the handmade paper circle garland i made. 🙂
it’s not a renest party without a giant birthday banner!
complete with “very hungry caterpillar” fabric from fabricdotcom
another little caterpillar banner for our little peanut!
the high chair banner! layered effect with “very hungry caterpillar”
fabric and paper.
little mr. re-nest #2’s official first birthday stats print!
huge thanks and props to pink poppy design on etsy for the
amazing layout and work with this!
and, the centerpiece…the gorgeous party cake
from polka dot bakery in sycamore, illinois!
little mr. re-nest #2’s smash cake!
from polka dot bakery
more sugar! gumballs + rainbow suckers
with personalized stickers from caring designs
my new obsession: cake pop adorableness!
don’t you love these caterpillars?
once again, the fabulous sugar grubbin’ in sycamore, illinois
made these happen!
another shot of the cake pop caterpillars
because they are just so darn cute!
love these adorable water bottle labels!
thanks to digipartyshoppe on etsy!
and, the finale? the giant tissue puff caterpillar.
(note: this was not an easy feat! thanks to
my stepmama and brother-in-law, this
made it to life at the party!)

and, like i said, none of this would have been possible without a little help from some friends…

party invitation inserts: “very hungry caterpillar” design by digipartyshoppe on etsy. super easy…i received a jpeg of the finished invite, sent them to wal-mart for printing and got them back in about a week!
“very hungry caterpillar” themed fabric: from fabric.com
birthday stats chalkboard print: design and layout by pink poppy design on etsy. here again, amazing! i sent her all of the details, color preferences and within a day i had a jpeg to review! sent this off to wal-mart too for printing in 16″ x 20″ poster size, and framed it up!
centerpiece cake + smash cake: loveliness by polka dot bakery in sycamore, illinois. paige has been our go-to for our main cakes and she did not disappoint! i absolutely fell in love with the 3d caterpillar she made….and all of the fondant food (complete with the one bite through each piece!)
caterpillar cake pops: this adorableness is all from sugar grubbin’ in sycamore, illinois! hannah is a master. i literally sent her a pic i had found and she duplicated these cute little guys to perfection! not to mention, her cake is amazing!
water bottle labels: “very hungry caterpillar” themed from digipartyshoppe on etsy! 
and, one last share: i came across this adorable custom jewelry maker on instagram, called trinket charms, who just happened to have a “very hungry caterpillar” bracelet in her shop. well, i got in touch with her, and asked if she might consider doing caterpillar earrings for me…and she did! so, during the party, i was fortunate enough to get to wear these adorable little guys…
and, this party is officially wrapped! thanks for taking this little journey with me, and hope you found some inspiration for your next party!


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