Sunday, July 13, 2014

Paxton's 1st Birthday! ~ A Wynken, Blynken, and Nod Party

Paxton is ONE!
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It's hard to believe that I have three children already, and that my youngest is already one. The past year has gone by at an unprecedented warp speed. I wish I could hold on a little bit long bit longer to Paxton's infancy, because he has been such a joy to have around!

He is mellow, cuddly, and has just the sweetest disposition you could ask for in a baby. I love him to pieces. And I'm ashamed to say, I had once thought I didn't want a son. Paxton is a very undeserved blessing from God, that's for sure.
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Would  you believe that almost a year ago, I found these adorable vintage party napkins in a thrift store? Still packaged and marked 49¢, I bought them thinking I could sell them on Etsy or something. Then, I couldn't bear parting with them, I thought they were so cute. So it was way back then that the Wynken, Blynken, and Nod party theme started to form in my imagination. I decided to run with it.
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Here's the invite I whipped up using a vintage book, printer, and sewing machine. Paxton's 1st BirthdayPaxton's 1st Birthday

A charming nursery rhyme from the late 1800s, by Eugene Field:

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night 
Sailed off in a wooden shoe — 
Sailed on a river of crystal light, 
Into a sea of dew. 
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?" 
The old moon asked the three. 
"We have come to fish for the herring fish 
That live in this beautiful sea; 
Nets of silver and gold have we!" 
Said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

As it turns out in the poem, Wynken is one eye, Blynken is the other eye, and Nod is the head...of a sleeping baby. The poem captures the wonder of dreams and childhood and imagination. You can read the whole thing here, if you wish, and see the photo of the fountain statue at our own local Washington Park in Denver. 
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So I somewhat haphazardly threw together a tablescape that included a moon face I painted myself, some blue tableclothes, nets, pompoms and stars, and a couple of yard-saled wooden shoes turned into sailboats. Because Wynken, Blynken, and Nod sailed off in a wooden shoe, you know. Probably the same wooden shoe that was discarded under his bed after a long day of playtime adventures.
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I told Justin it felt a bit like senior prom decor, what, with the foil stars and all. Ha! 
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My friend Jess, whom I had made that baby shower cake for last month, so sweetly returned the favor by making me some of her delicious sugar cookies {an heirloom recipe, I'm told}. I had shared this photo with her for inspiration, but just as a general idea for the look we were going for. I can't believe how well she replicated them! 
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I enjoyed incorporating this vintage moon face from The Graphics Fairy into Paxton's party as well. I love a moon face. I painted this for the party, but I'd been planning on painting one for Paxton's room already. So now I can re-purpose his party decor as I finish up his room. {Almost done!}
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And the outlet bakery down the street carries "double decker" MOON PIES---in three flavors!---so I sent Justin to get some for Paxton's party. {Because I didn't have to make them.}
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Moon juice.
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Beer & vino.
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Just a couple hours before the party I decided to pick up some balloons from the Dollar Tree to mark our house out front, and well, shoot, but they had a bundle of seven gold and blue stars already blown up and waiting for me.
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I found this vintage Hallmark centerpiece on eBay last week. I'm almost certain it's from the same Hallmark line that produced the napkins that inspired this entire party.
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We had FIVE baby guests at Paxton's party...and I'm kicking myself for not rounding them up for a photo. {But who's kidding? That would have been like herding cats.}
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In addition to close family and friends, we had Baby Eva, Baby Peyton, LittleM, and sisters, Charlie & Cameron all attended P-Town's first party.

They hit the applesauce pretty hard. They were a rowdy bunch.

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Paxton's party started at 5 p.m., so if you will remember what I stated in the post about our most recent outdoor party, Eisley's 5th birthday:

"Murphy's Law § 102(3) states that if Heather is to throw a party outside during the summer then it must, at some point during the hours listed on said party's invitation,  hail or rain. Hail or rain must be accompanied by threats of lightning and audible thunder to that party guests are forced into Heather's small house out of fear for their lives and hairstyles."
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Do you see blue dye dripping? So you know, the tsunami started promptly at 5 p.m. I'm not kidding. I was just finishing setting out the food and cold drinks, starting to take photos, when the wind started blowing my decorations down, the rain began pounding us, and the cake needed to be moved.

EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I throw an outdoor party, there is foul weather involved. Oh well, good thing we have this big tent and a covered deck. This time we didn't have to take cover inside. Still, as seen above, my party was melting...right as it started.
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The rain came and went throughout the evening. People still stayed {maybe out of pity? haha}. And note to self: even if it's a party for a baby, get more adult seating.
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We had delightful company yesterday. Could not have asked for a better turn out.

Justin made Alabama BBQ chicken {it has a white sauce instead of a traditional BBQ sauce, and it's smoked, yum!}, our moms helped out with sides, I made the cake...
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We gathered 'round and sang to the little birthday boy.
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And here's proof that he is not ALWAYS smiling. He was a little wary as we sang, and confused. I love watching the babies at this part during a first birthday party. Their expressions always crack me up. Everyone is looking at me and singing some some I've never heard before. And why is this dessert on fire???
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Oh my stars, who cares?! It's delicious! 
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People, you can sing to me any day!
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And then Papa Erickson comes along and says, "You finished your cake! Here, have a cookie!" {He got his spoiling ways from my grandma who was known to profess, "Kids NEED sugar!"}
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You know what I love about Paxton when he eats? He always crosses his ankles.
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Most guests took off before we turned to presents. Paxton received such thoughtful gifts! Simple, useful things like books, balls, and blocks. A couple cute manly outfits and such. 
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These our our favorite things, balls and books and blocks. It took us three kids to finally learn that kids don't need gimmicky toys.
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...and BOOTS! Okay, so I knew these were coming, but my mom has been on a cowboy boot kick these last couple of years and has been making sure our whole family is well soled. Aren't these baby boots adorable?
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He had to try them on immediately.
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He wasn't quite sure. He's spent his past year basically barefoot. But as soon as fall comes, and his walking improves {yes, he's walking now!} then we shall get a lot of good use out of these. My little Colorado Cowboy. My grandpa would be proud.
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Oh, bittersweet time flies by and my little guy is already one. 

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, PAX!
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My P-Town, Pax-Roo, Bo Boy, 
Bubsie, Mister Mister. 

We love you. 

5 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute for Paxton! An effort of love! It's only once you turn one!
    You know, I can still hear my mother's voice reading that poem to my brother and me. I remember my brother and I climbing on the Wynken, Blynken, and Nod statue when we were little.
    This is a lovely post Heather!
    Love, Dad

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  2. Great job Heather, wish I had been there to party down with P-Town!

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  3. Wow. Just wow. What an amazing and original party idea. I cracked up when you said that you "whipped up" the invitations. Seriously, I would still be on the first, bleeding from the sewing machine with my fingers glued together. Heather, you make it look so easy! I have told you this before but your children are so lucky to have such a crafty mama. That moon you painted will be an amazing keepsake for Paxton that he can pass down to his children someday.

    Have you ever thought about writing a party planning book? Seriously. You should think about it. Your talents need to be seen and heard by everyone!

    Happy Birthday again to that sweet angel. I swear I'm gonna get to Colorado someday to visit you guys. Hopefully it will be around the time of one of your children's birthdays. I would love to crash one of those parties!

    ~Erica

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  4. It was so nice to come to this party and meet little Paxton, who is ADORABLE. Your parties always blow me away. Not only are they gifts for your child to look back at pictures and remember, they are gifts for you guests. We had so much fun, rain or shine!

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  5. I found your blog post through a Google search for a Wynken, Blynken, and Nod birthday party. This will be the theme for my son's 2nd birthday. I LOVE the cake and decorations. Thank you for sharing. What a fun party!

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