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Brady’s ‘fire station ONE’ first birthday

March 27, 2018

we had an awesome time celebrating Brady’s fire station ONE  first birthday party! this party came together much more than I could have imagined thanks to Pinterest (of course) + Jordan for being such a HUGE help. not to mention, a major shout out to AFD for spending their saturday afternoon with us! Jordan went to visit the fire station several weeks ago to see about having the guys come out for an hour or so to show off their amazing engine to our crew of kids for Brady’s birthday party. they kindly obliged and after approval from the chief, we were all set for their special visit (and praying they wouldn’t get a call between 2:30-3:30pm)!  right before the party Jordan dropped off a cooler of steaks + blue bell ice cream to show our great appreciation and thanks for making Brady’s day extra special!

after we checked out the engine (and the ambulance that tagged a long, too!) the guys pulled out the little hose for the kids to take turns shooting a little bit of water down the cup de sac! birthday boy was up first!

 

everyone back inside for some food! as always, I order most everything from Market Street. there once was a time that I prepared every single bit of food for the parties I hosted and as the years have gone on I have found it to be so much easier for my sanity to have the food taken care of when I’m hosting large groups! we went with small plates since it was an afternoon party- my FAVorite ham sliders (you know, those ones all over Pinterest with the poppyseed-honey mustard glaze?), chicken skewers (which ended up being WAY larger in size than I had anticipated!), spinach artichoke dip, and jalapeño deviled eggs (courtesy of miss Teresa!)

this backdrop was a labor of love thanks to my amazing husband! he really is the best when it comes to helping me with things like this! love my handy-man 🙂 we bought the faux brick in a sheet at Home Depot and Jordan cut it to size to fit the frame he made with 2×4’s. it was a team effort for figuring out how to make a balloon garland and my mother in law found a youtube tutorial (HERE) that was really helpful!  its much simpler than it looks, I promise. just takes a bit of time and patience! a lot of the fire decor is real. Jordan went to the property + supply guy for the department (very old friend of the Massey family!) and asked for anything old/out of service that they would be willing to part ways with. Jordan was able to find several old fire tools and fire hose + nozzles! really REALLY cool things that had Jordan so excited and talking my ear off explaining their use while we decorated the night before the party.

we paired those items with what Jordan had already and items we borrowed from Jordan’s dad who retired from the same department just a couple of years ago!these fire boots are Jordan’s dad’s boots from the 70’s when they didn’t have actual bunker gear to wear. the boots fold up to their thighs and they wore a heavy coat to fight fire. no face mask. no air packs. you might be able to see Papa’s initials (in red) on the inside of the boots! BB’s amazing banana pudding! Jordan’s mom kindly volunteered to make our family’s favorite dessert of all time and layered them in 4oz jelly jars for a pretty presentation! 

probably my favorite DIY of the entire party! I had seen this picture on Pinterest and forwarded it to Jordan asking for him to build me a drink station similar! my friend Miranda, from chalk design by me, brought it to life with her talented scripting for the ‘fueling station‘.

the ‘always kiss my firefighter goodnight’ sign from six eleven co (Jordan also works with Brittani’s husband!) is going to hang in Brady’s room with the canvas prints I had made for the party to replace his newborn prints hanging above his crib! there was chick-fil-a sweet tea (oil) + beer punch (diesel) for the adults and served V8 berry juice (gas) for the kids!

 cake time! friends and family sang happy birthday to Brady as he sat stone faced for the entire time! 

cake + cupcakes for everyone!

CREDITS
photography by:: b faith photography
invitations:: CK Fireboots
navy ‘IFD’ onesie :: golden hill design
baby bunker gear :: itsy bitsy wear
‘one’ birthday crown :: little blue olive
red foil backdrop ::  amazon
brick backdrop :: home depot
‘brady’ letters :: hobby lobby
‘1’ wooden sign :: vine and branches
metal pedal fire truck :: bought consignment but found available on amazon
artificial grass :: amazon
sound the alarm banner :: pearl + jane
long fabric scrap banner :: pearl + jane
ONE banner cake topper :: pearl + jane
highchair banner :: pearl + jane
cake + cupcakes :: the jenny layne bakery
wooden toy fire station house :: amazon
wood grain cupcake wrappers :: B lovely events
always kiss your firefighter goodnight’ wood sign :: six eleven co.
fueling station‘ sign :: chalk designs by me
chalkboard ‘oil‘, ‘diesel‘, ‘gas‘ canister labels :: chalk designs by me
tissue paper tassel garland :: shop sweet lulu 
black + white striped paper table runner :: shop sweet lulu
silver glitter candles :: shop sweet lulu 
custom fire fighter theme cookies :: mrs. V’s cookie company (local)
red foil ‘1’ balloon :: happy wish company 
food plates  :: happy wish company
cake plates ::  happy wish company
cake napkins :: happy wish company
paper straws :: happy wish company
paper cups :: happy wish company
fire hydrant reusable cups :: happy wish company
fire chief hats :: amazon
fireman prints group of 3 :: plexity prints
white matted frames :: walmart
canvas prints: canvas on demand via groupon
  • Kristy Allgood
    March 27, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    You’re so incredibly talented! Party planning should be your side gig!! Ya know, in your spare time 😉

    • amber
      March 27, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks, Kristy! Its definitely become a team effort! I can’t do it without Jordan’s help 🙂

  • Susie Mcdaniels
    March 27, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I love this ! I always look forward to seeing your birthday posts to stare in awe at all of your party ideas ! Great job mama!

  • Valerie
    March 27, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    This is the cutest party EVER! Absolutely adorable. Such sweet memories.

  • Laci
    March 27, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    This party is AMAZING!!!

  • Carolyn H.
    March 27, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    I always look forward to your party posts – they are THE best!

  • Stephanie
    March 27, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    This one takes the cake! What a fun party!!!

  • Darci
    March 27, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Wow! These pictures are just priceless. And this party!! There are no words. You are absolutely amazing girl! So so fun!

  • Abbie
    March 28, 2018 at 12:11 am

    HAve you linked the pudding recipe before !? If she shares the secret !

    • amber
      March 28, 2018 at 12:26 am

      oh no secret, really! she uses a version with condensed milk and pudding! I think its like Paula Deen’s recipe but Bree does a pudding layer mixed whipped cream and doesn’t use banana flavored pudding, she used vanilla! Jordan LOVES it!

      I grew up on the true (cooked) custard banana pudding with whipped and browned meringue on top, so it took me awhile to get used to it, but its SO yummy!

  • Courtney
    March 28, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Fantastic job on baby boys first birthday party!! You look adorable in the overalls! Where are they from?

    • amber
      March 28, 2018 at 3:17 am

      Thank you!! They are from Madewell 🙂