When it comes to party planning, my husband and I are not the greatest. We love hosting people, love a good theme, but when it comes to making decisions, neither one of us can pull the trigger. This is one of the reasons we planned our wedding in 10 days. We texted our vendors (one of the perks of being in the industry), ordered my dress online, and bought his suit and our rings all in one day. It was stress-free (really!) and so much fun. When the time came to plan our son’s first birthday, we took the same approach. Let’s keep it relaxed so we can be present and focus on what’s really important, celebrating our babe. We also wanted to celebrate everyone who has been a part of Bowie’s life because as the saying goes, it truly takes a village. We decided an old school picnic at his favorite park would be perfect. Zilker Park it was.

The plan was easy. We crossed our fingers that we’d snag a picnic table the morning of and that the grounds wouldn’t be too wet from previous rain storms. We lucked out and snagged two tables after bribing a couple of park-goers with cupcakes. We’d serve breakfast tacos and cupcakes, and invite all of our friends to bring a picnic blanket and relax. With so much open space, we didn’t have to worry about baby-proofing, dogs were welcome, and attire was Sunday casual (which meant brunch attire to some, workout clothes to others, and all options were welcome). What could go wrong? Fool-proof plan.

Except for the torrential rain that threatened our forecast. It poured all day Saturday (and the five days leading up to Saturday) but when we woke up on Sunday, the sun was shining and there was even a cool breeze in the air. Very unusual for a June day in Texas. Having a back-up plan was key and I am so thankful to The Little Yoga House for offering their space should we need it. That gave us some peace of mind as I checked the weather report every hour the day before the party, in between sips of wine. With a few tarps strategically placed under the Mexican blankets, our guests stayed dry.  The grass dried quickly much to the delight of the teetering tots.

Decor was easy! We brought a couple of turkish towels from home to use as tablecloths, purchased miniature donkey pinatas, opted for wooden maracas instead of gift bags, and brought a small folding table for gifts. We bought the Loteria print off Etsy and had it blown up to poster size. It made for a fun photo booth for families.

So. Many. Baby. Friends.

The hit of the party was the cupcakes by Sprinkles. We were so excited when Sprinkles opened up a location at the Domain Northside earlier this year — you may remember our interview with Sprinkles owner Candace Nelson. We used their custom cupcake decorations to spell out Happy First Birthday Bowie and created our own cupcake toppers inspired by this first birthday fiesta. We placed our order in advance and they were ready to be picked up the morning of the party. We added a few vegan cupcakes last minute for our dairy-free guests, my son included.

The cupcakes made for the perfect toddler-size smash cake!

We also can’t thank our talented photographer, Marisa Rendon enough for all the sweet photos she snapped. To see more of her work or book her for your own party, visit her at www.anamarisaphotography.com