A Maurice Sendak Birthday Party

My son turned one last week. I cannot believe it. I cannot believe how big and funny he is getting, and I especially cannot believe that I’ve been a mom for a year now.

Naturally, I had grand visions of his first birthday party in mind. Unfortunately, we are still pretty new to our new home, and have about 10 friends. I was disappointed that our families weren’t here to celebrate with us. So, here is how we celebrated.

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Of course, we did have a small party with our new friends. I painted a banner reading “this is where the wild things are”. I also found large sticks in our yard that I tied to his high-chair. Holding each stick flesh against the back legs, I wrapped yarn tightly all the way up and down the stick/leg and tied it very tightly! I wanted to hang pom poms to the top, but there wasn’t time.

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Where the Wild Things Are might be Sendak’s most popular, but In the Night Kitchen is my other favorite Sendak. I also absolutely love Dear Mili, a Grimm story Sendak illustrated.

I made a cake for Caspian, and cupcakes for the guests. I have accepted that decorating/icing desserts is just not my gift. I intentionally left the icing white so Caspian wouldn’t stain his outfit when he smashed into the cake, and (as I predicted) picked the cake up and hugged it.

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I found these little party hats and pom poms separately at Goodwill, and decided to hot glue them together at the last minute! A simple way to make mini party hats (already cute) even cuter!

To see how we celebrated with our long-distance loved ones, check out my post: Party in a Box!

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