We weren't going to have a party. Well, at first we were, but with family schedules and Easter and life happening, we opted out of having an "official party". But this guy....he's worth celebrating. So we did.
Besides, we'd already figured out a party theme and ordered him a cute birthday outfit. Lilly's first birthday took place in One-derland, so it seemed only natural for Max to be our Birthday Boy One-der. Complete with a tiny cape. (I've been calling him the Wonder Baby since his 9 month vaccinations -- he received two different shots and a blood draw without shedding a tear. He's had super hero status ever since.)
Honestly, besides the cute onesie/cape getup and the sign (an Etsy printable), this was all incredibly low-key. We asked a couple of neighbors to swing by with their kiddos on Sunday afternoon for cupcakes and singing. And that was it. No major meal. No games. No big presents. No drama.
I did manage to bake the cupcakes myself, and even made Max a tiny little smash cake. To make the decorating easier, I found some adorable little comic booked themed fondant cake toppers on Etsy (Etsy is my friend), so all I had to do was slap on some frosting and a topper. For a "favor" I enlisted help from Lilly to glue tiny superhero capes on some lollipops. The foam masks and plastic tablecloth were both impulse buys from Target. Easy peasy.
Even with just this little party, I could tell that Max did NOT love being the center of attention. You can see the look on his face in almost every picture. He's humoring us. For the cake. Seeing that look, and remembering the party-induced meltdown that Lilly experienced at her first birthday, I was so relieved that we decided not to do a big party. But as I said, he's still worth celebrating.
Happy Birthday Max.