Photo & Prompt Post: Day 8 – Frugal Novice

Photo & Prompt Post: Day 8

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the challenge, the idea is to post 31 days of photos based on a prompt that is provided. You can also share a story to go along with the photo. I’m on day 8 and today’s challenge is:

A Birthday Celebration

Since C’s 2nd birthday is coming up next month (which seems unreal, by the way) I thought I’d share photos of his 1st birthday. We decided to have a car theme and to do the party as inexpensively as possible.

I made a banner by printing out vehicle shapes that matched his invitation – I put one letter on each shape, then hung them from grosgrain ribbon strung across our window.

The great thing about planning a party around things your child loves is that you probably already have things around the house that will work for decor. We made our centerpiece using a glass container filled with colorful cars:

I made the cake and smash cake. The main cake was a car, which I just carved out the shape of. I did not, however, think about there needing to be space under the car… so we ended up with a low-rider. Whoops! :) Brian thought of using Oreos for the wheels – I thought that was a great idea (and much easier than trying to pipe out convincing looking tires).

The smash cake was a stop sign. It was much easier to do, and I thought it was fun to go along with the theme of the party:

We haven’t figured out what theme he’ll want for this year yet but I can’t wait to get started planning. It’s a lot of fun to create things from scratch and I hope one day the boys will look back on their birthdays with a lot of great memories!

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  • LeeAnn March 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Everything was so cute! I love the colorful cars in the bowl. What a great (yet simple) idea for a centerpiece!

  • Jade March 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    The stop sign cake is too cute lol Simple enough too! Love it

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  • Lauren Johnson March 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I love how apparent it is how much you love your family! You take the time and effort to create the most adorable things!

    • Christi March 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks, Lauren! Your comment made my day. :)