This weekend we celebrated our gorgeous daughter’s first birthday. Her birthday isn’t until Tuesday but we had all of her little friends over to celebrate Wild West style.
A few weeks ago I spent several days making several attempts at these ‘wanted’ birthday invitations. We tried tea water, coffee water, food colouring. It either wouldn’t bond to the paper or it made the ink run so much you couldn’t read the text. The winning combo was: A little bit of coffee with hot water to make a strong mix + a paint brush which dripped the coffee over the page. Then I put them in the oven and when they were dry, burnt the edges with a lighter. The result: perfecto!!
Quin’s wanted poster birthday invitations
We spent the few weekends leading up to the party making signs, props and preparing the menu. We decided that we didn’t want to just put out bowls of chips and sweets. We wanted to provide healthy, delicious food that kids and adults would enjoy. My lovely wife was baking for 2 days and made sweet and savoury muffins and chicken mince sausage rolls. We also had a fruit platter, baby animal and rice crackers, carrot and celery sticks, and cheese and crackers. It was all devoured so we think it was a success!
The chow table – food fit for cowboys and girls
We used the custom water bottle labels I bought from Etsy and made up 24 bottles and Quin’s grandma made a punch to keep everyone hydrated. Everyone commented on the water bottles and a few people took them home.
- The watering hole – drinks table
Quin’s 1st birthday custom water bottle labels
I made up a bunch of sugarfree goodie bags for the kids to take home. They included 2 stickers, 2 temporary tattoos, a plastic animal, bubbles and a smiley face badge.
Sugar free goodie bags
I made a few chalk boards for the littlies to play with if they wanted some quiet time. I upcycled old photo frames and painted the backboards with blackboard paint. What’s awesome about these blackboards is they are sooooo cheap to make. Frames without the glass are always a dollar or less at the charity shop or treasure market.
Upcycled chalk boards
We used the old pallets we’ve had laying around for ages to showcase 20 of our favourite pictures of Quin from the last12 months.
Wooden pallet photo boards
The saw horse horses were made from ikea table legs we don’t need anymore and bits of wood I had in the shed. They took about 10 minutes to make and we’re sure every kid played with them during the party.
The roping ring – sawhorse horses
Quin’s teepee which her mummy made her a few months back came out and was as popular as ever!
The idea for Quin’s gold mine stemmed from seeing a large magnifying glass at the shop. Add a bit of sand, a few painted rocks and some gold pans from Papa and you have a gold mine!
Quin’s very own gold mine
My lovely wife made these pool noodle ponies. Not only can kids ride them, they can hit each other and no one gets hurt, as we discovered.
Pool noodle ponies
We bought 7 hay bales from a local farmer for $7 each and I made her some very rough happy birthday bunting. Once it was all set up we were ready to party!
Happy birthday bunting and hay bales
We had such a fabulous morning and we’re so grateful to have so many wonderful friends and family who made the effort to come and get dressed up. All the kids and the parents got into the games and there were no sugar-crash meltdowns – complete win!
All of Quin’s friends and family having fun at her wild west birthday party
The wildest family in the West!
Wishing our beautiful girl a very happy first birthday
Blowing out the candle
Polly’sbirthday is just a couple of days after Quin’s so we sung happy birthday to her too
Quin playing in the gold mine with little Huxley
Quinks looking back over the last 12 months
Quin’s great-grandma getting her roping on!
Grandma showing off her ball skills
One of the cutest cowboys – little Rian
Polly came as a cactus!
Nathan was the smallest cowboy in town that day
Quin and her gorgeous mummy
Our fave dads – Michael and Jared with Elijah and Huxley
All the kids loved pass the parcel, especially the birthday girl
Little Eli looking rad in dad’s glasses
Quin shared all her food with me
I think Quin loves the pool noodle pony because she can pick it up
Creating art, saying ‘howdy’ to her friends
We finished off her big day with the trampoline – she thinks she can jump so high!