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Lion Guard Themed 1st Birthday Party

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Lion Guard pin he got at Animal Kingdom!

Last October, our little love nugget turned a year old, and we were ready to party.  Of course, the tricky part of a baby party is how on earth do you make it fun for both the baby AND the adults invited?

Our answer: Theme it with the baby’s favorite Disney Jr. show, and gear the games towards the adults!

My parents agreed to host, but everything else, from set up to clean up, was up to me and my husband. Of course I started by pinning all the Lion Guard and first -birthday party ideas I liked on Pinterest.  

I worked with a really good print shop on Etsy  to get the invitations.  I told them what I wanted the design to say, and they did the arranging part.  Then I printed out a bunch on cardstock at the local office supply store.  Voila!  Cheap invitations.

A family friend is a fantastic cake baker and decorator.  She even made it gluten-free, so I could eat cake, too!

She sculpted a Kion for the top, and a ton of flowers, foliage, and grubs galore!

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I bought the action figures at Toys R Us.  IMG_9536

I made a simple photo backdrop by hanging different colored streamers and taping up balloons, all from Party City!

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With his Granny and Grandda.
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With his (Great-) Gramma & Grampa.
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With his Donk (Downton Abbey fans…you understand.)

The first party game was “Name The Baby.”  I asked all the guests to bring a baby picture of themselves, hung them up with numbered clothespins, and had them write down who they thought each baby might be.  It was a good “get to know you” kind of game for those who didn’t know each other well, and I tossed some Disney babies in there for bonus points.

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I gave out the little notebooks and pens as party favors, along with a Lion Guard plastic cup.

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Cups and pens make good drums when the grown-ups are busy playing games!  (Mickey Mouse safari romper was on clearance at the Disney Store – shopping win!)

We also played a 10 question trivia game about Baby Flynn’s first year, mostly multiple-choice.  Things like “What was his first finger food?” (A sweet-potato fry!)
I bought a cute little chalkboard from Target that was the winner’s prize.

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Of course, I couldn’t resist buying him Kion.
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I know it’s blurry, but I love this pic!
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Family photo.  I have no idea what I was laughing at.  Probably something my husband said.

I made the cake repellent wall protector high-chair backdrop from a plastic tablecloth.  The banner was from several packs of colored burlap banners, and I hand-lettered them with paint pens.  Mini clothes pins and twine came helped finish it all off, and all taped up with painter’s tape, strategically hidden behind the balloons.

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YAY!
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I can’t believe they bibbed me…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Man even got a smash cake covered in “grubs”…

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Though he was given a more appropriately sized piece to cut down on crumbles.

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So yummy.

Meanwhile, the grown-ups dug into the big cake.

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Someone decided to trust me with cutting the cake.

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A double-disaster because a) I love blades, and b) I cut cake pieces WAY too big.
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He definitely enjoyed his cake.
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Cutest OM-NOM-NOM.

Something that isn’t pictured is the giant letter “B” initial I bought for guests to sign with a little birthday message.  I used scrapbooking pens, laid them and the white letter out on the table, and guests could just sign whenever they got a moment.  It turned out well, though I recommend either using sharpie or paint pens if you do this. The scrapbooking pens were colorful, but took a LONG time to dry and smudged a little.  But it still turned out cool, and is part of my son’s bedroom decor!

I also bought a Lion Guard table cloth for the food table, to keep the theme going.  We had simple food: a veggie tray, a fruit tray, some chips & dip, and the cake.  (I mean, it’s really all about the cake, right? Right.)

I hope you enjoyed the look into his party (only 7 months later… Better late than never)!  What are some of your favorite party themes for littles?

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30 Day Challenge

Favorite Disney Kiss – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 14

Snogging.

Macking.

Smooching.

K-I-S-S-I-N-G!

Honestly, I forgot this was a category.  And there are so many Disney kisses, yet so little time!  No time to address the important questions, like…

Since when is an under-developed character kissing a ‘dead’ girl completely acceptable?

"It was in the original fairy tale, so a little necrophelia is ok!"
“But, he’s a prince!”     “It’s creepy.”       “It was in the original fairy tale!!”         “Oh, well, that’s ok, then.”

Why does no one remember how desperate Ariel was?

Lessons
Really, does no one else remember Eric pulling away here? #desperateteenager #resepectyourfather #terribleDisneymorals

Why is this still so cute…

"Aww, look at the cute little puppies, accidentally human-smooching!"
“Aww, look at the cute little puppies, accidentally human-smooching!”

…yet as an adult, this makes you want to cringe?

Wait, feel the WHAT tonight?  Ahhh, cover the children's eyes!!!
Wait, feel the WHAT tonight? Ahhh, children, avert your eyes!!!

And, of course, what we were all thinking at the end of Beauty and the Beast…

"Are you sure that's the same guy, Belle?  I wouldn't kiss him until you're sure, he looks REALLY weird."
“Are you sure that’s the same guy, Belle? I wouldn’t kiss him until you’re sure, he looks REALLY weird.  I mean, Beast wasn’t exactly blonde…”

But I digress.

FAVORITE DISNEY KISS

Honorable mention: Eugene Fitzherbert and Rapunzel

Eugene lives!
Eugene lives!  

You remember the moment.  We all thought he was dead, an entire college auditorium fell silent with tears, and several burly guys around us whispered, “But this is a Disney movie!”

And then sheer joy at Flynn/Eugene’s resurrection!  And we were all rewarded with the couple’s long awaited,

we-knew-it-was-coming-at-some-point-because-it-is-a-Disney-movie kiss.

But it’s not my favorite.

I realized, I love this kiss, by my favorite part of this scene is right here:

That hug.
That hug.

I don’t have a single snarky comment for that embrace.  It’s sheer joy, relief, and love all wrapped into one.  They’re just so happy he’s alive, the kiss is kind of an afterthought.

Favorite Kiss: Aladdin & Jasmine

The Disney kiss to measure all other Disney kisses.
The Disney kiss by which to measure all other Disney kisses.

This is the Disney kiss I watched over and over again as a kid.  Obviously it made quite the impression on me.

I love how it’s really Carpet’s idea to make the new couple smooch.

The look of surprise on both Aladdin and Jasmine’s face, which fades from “Wait, what?!” into “Oh, nope, this is good, kissing is good.  I can kiss more. “

Love it.

Oh, and about those weird Disney kisses you forgot about…

Bet you forgot this one, didn't ya?
Made ya look!

Personal recommendation: If you decide to google “Disney kisses” for whatever purposes, don’t go past page two or three, lest you wander into dark alleys of the internet.  *Shiver.*