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Monday, June 13, 2011

Toby's birthday party

For today's Motherhood Monday post, I'd love to share a few photos of Toby's first birthday party....

The party was not only a special occasion for sweet Toby, but also for Alex and me, as first-time parents. It was a life-changing, whirlwind, chaotic, rollercoaster first year...and we survived!
We decided to have a picnic in downtown Manhattan with the theme "New York City kid." Everyone arrived at 3pm and brought their own blankets. (Btw, aren't Anika's sunglasses awesome?)
Toby and Leo have been friends for their entire lives. Their birthdays are just one week apart. Whenever I see them together, I imagine them as old men, sitting there together, laughing, making their weird jokes.
We were lucky enough to collaborate with One Charming Party, an amazing party-planning blog and company, and they gave us some incredible ideas. We served bagels with cream cheese, black-and-white cookies and (spiked) orange juice for the grown-ups. They also silkscreened the "I Heart Toby" T-shirt, which I loved wearing.
We made a banana cake, topped with a Statue of Liberty candle. Toby was transfixed by the flame and refused to smile for family photos:)
Chubby legs!
And attack!
Hula hooping it up.
After a long, happy afternoon, it was time to head home.
It was a wonderful day! Thank you to everyone who came. We felt so happy to have so many lovely people in our lives, especially, of course, our little man.
P.S. We also made thank-you notes from Pinhole Press.

(Photos by our friend Kenan, and thank you again to One Charming Party)

155 comments:

Zoë said...

I love you "I Love Toby" shirt! My birthday was just yesterday, it seems like we're almost birthday buddies. Happy birthday, Toby!

nickandnoragettingmarried said...

What a great birthday party! It looks like everyone had so much fun, and everything looks so natural. Happy belated birthday to Toby, and thanks for sharing these happy pics!

Tara said...

Looks like the perfect first birthday for little Toby! It really is such an achievement to make it through your first year as parents too. Thanks for sharing.

wonderchris said...

FUN! What a great party! Love those shirts - and his cake was perfect. :)

Giulia said...

These are wonderful, Joanna. I love what you said about Toby & his friend little Leo. I hope they stay in touch. There is just nothing like having a friend from childhood. I'm feeling like a little old lady lately. Talking to two old friends & we make our weird jokes. You never have to 'esplain.

(You look darling in the tee-shirt).

chelsea said...

This is adorable! I love how low-key but fun it is. You look so great and I love your t-shirt! Happy Birthday, Toby!

Becca said...

Such lovely photos (and a lovely family!) I think there is something truly special about friends you have starting at week one - I've reconnected with some as of late, and I think there's an unwritten bond that comes from sharing cheerios, and dates to the Dairy Bar that results in a life long friendship.

Becca

Tracey said...

Jo you are adorable. That T shirt for Toby is the perfect geek chic. I love it. Happy Birthday Toby! xx

--r said...

what a cute little peanut!
i remember the feeling of surviving that first year. what a milestone. enjoy that little boy with the knowledge that it only gets better!

Wh. said...

OMG!!! I'm freaking out over:
1. your tee!!
2. statue. of. liberty. candle.
3. toby's laughter!!
oh myy this looks/sounds like so much fun.. ADORABLE!

R @ Learning As I Chop said...

He is so beautiful and those t-shirts are awesome!

beeka-beeka said...

Happy 1st Birthday Toby!
Your t-shirt is awesome...so was the cake topper!

nicole said...

Aww, what a happy day. Thanks for sharing. I love your tee, Toby's cake and the taxi cab snack packs. Well done! xo.

p.s. Those photos of Toby and Leo crack me up. Toby looks so entertained!

The littlest said...

you guys are so cute. what a perfect day! and how lucky that you can have a picnic for his birthday. not an option for a december baby!

Hollie said...

I love the picture of Toby smiling at you in his stroller. So cute.

Renée said...

oh this is so precious! Beautiful photos, looks like he had a great day ;)

xo

gemma said...

adorable, you look gorg!! LOVE the statue of liberty candle!

wildchild said...

aww happy birthday toby :) congrats in a year of parenthood!

Robyn Ungar said...

Happy 1st Birthday Toby!!! Adorable NYC party for an adorable family =)

Olivilla said...

happy birthday Tobby from spain!!!!!
you look great in your first year!!! keep growing!!!! ;)

Love your ideas of birthday celebration, what a wonderful mum!!!!
;)

Allison said...

I think this is the sweetest thing I've ever seen :) What a beautiful day that was clearly brimming with love! Thanks for sharing <3 xx

clara said...

oh my god, he is just precious. happy birthday toby!
speaking of adorable, those little taxis are too cute. they remind me of the car-shaped-boxes at the silver diner (but with more nutritious snacks) hehehe

xx Clara
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jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

such a cute theme for a birthday! toby is just adorable :) xo jillian

Laura Marie said...

Oh my gosh, what a cute idea! (Especially love the Pinhole Press thank you's!) Oh, and that photo of you and Toby in the stroller? Uh-dore-able.

Orchid Grey said...

I can't believe Toby is a year old already! This looks like such a wonderful celebration, the little taxi cabs are so cute!

allison said...

i have no idea why (altho i think those super cute toby tshirts were the culprit)...but this made me tear up! congrats on a great year! i love reading your blog! it's how i start my day!

Her name was Lola said...

I cannot believe Toby is one already! I remember when you announced your pregnancy like it was yesterday. He could not be more precious and the party looked like a smashing success. P.S. Does Toby like dogs? If so, swing by my blog for a funny NY moment when you have a minute. xo Lola

Alicia Marie said...

So fun!!

My second one is turning ONE in a month...it goes so fast.

What cake recipe did you end up using? I am on the lookout for a good 1 yr old cake to make.

Robin said...

Happy Birthday to Toby and congrats on your 20/20 appearance! The part about catching your breath on the 16th floor made me laugh.

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..such a sweet party and an awesome theme, Joanna! Toby looks so happy and the cake eating photo is brilliant! Have a lovely rest of the day. Kisses

Jillilah said...

I've been following your blog for a while now and whenever I see Toby, I'm always reminded of Aggy Deyn! He looks like a baby version of Aggyness. :)

Send birthday love to Toby from me. He's such a cute baby.

I'm a girl said...

Happy birthday

Helen said...

aww happy birthday Toby! I love your t-shirt :)

Libby T said...

He is too too cute!! Look at his chubby little legs and gorgeous giggly face! Looks like you had a fab day, what a great way to celebrate his first year.

Mo Pie, Please said...

So so cute! He's gonna be one awesome old man, that's for sure :)

Robyn said...

oh looks like so much fun! Love the tee and the stickers...how special!

Naomi said...

Love the little taxis! And *gasp* spiked drinks IN THE PARK?! Scandal! ;)

Lua Cruz said...

Bonitinhos!

Bean said...

I love the Toby t-shirt! And I love the fact that you kept it simple and special. Good work!

Monica said...

Lovely :) Happy 1 year birthday Toby! How time flies...

R. Grace said...

This looks like an absolutely adorable day out. And I have to ask - where did you find the black and white cookies?! They are my favorite and I haven't seen them in years.

Anika said...

I love this post! It reminds me of what a wonderful day it was!!! We love Toby!!!

Anika & Leo

Elizabeth Alley said...

My husband's name is Toby. I really need one of those shirts!

Cath said...

Oh how wonderful!
(I keep going back to those chubby legs... perfection!)

A Certain Vintage said...

I heart Toby, perfect for your son's first birthday and his manhattan theme party...just look at that cake! Beautiful post, thanks for sharing these photos. I can't wait for my little nephew's first birthday this summer, such a milestone!
xox

theappletea said...

so lovely!!

Heba said...

love that I <3 Toby shirt , so cute!!

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Diana said...

You have such a beautiful family. Toby is adorable. Happy Birthday Toby!

Sonia said...

What a great birthday party. Happy birthday Toby!

The Bookness said...

Happy happy birthday to the little guy.




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Anonymous said...

This looks amazing and Toby is one lucky (and cute) little smiley guy!

rebecca s. said...

this party is just wonderful! perfect for the city and perfect for your little toddler! i love the theme and how it turned out. yet it is not overdone or extravagant at all (like so many childrens parties seem to be nowadays).

Chantelle {fat mum slim} said...

Happy Birthday little Toby. It looks like a blast.

And happy one year of being mom + dad. What a journey it is! x

katrina said...

oh my gosh your i heart toby shirt!!!!! so sweet!

Becky said...

What a wonderful party and GREAT pictures! So many parents go so over the top for the first birthday they stress themselves out and can't enjoy the day and others are so low-key they feel bad about it later. What a great balance you struck!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

happy birthday toby! and congrats to you two for your first year of parenthood--you made it seem so sweet and fun and full of life!

Carissa said...

aww, Toby looks so happy and giggly! even with a case of the Mondays, I can't help but smile when looking at him. thanks for sharing!

monicasalim said...

Happy birthday Toby!!! such a nice and wonderful party, you certainly, deserves it, and Mum and Dad as well.
Xo: you and your "little man " have the same smile...the same friendly and sweet smile...

simplystylishmom said...

fantastic theme! Love the apples! 1st b'day parties are so important - not so much for the kid but for the parents and the support network of friends and family that we're so thankful for! I recently had a 'cocktails and cake' party for my 2nd son - just with Moms and babies and it was a blast, the pina colada's definitely helped!

- www.simplystylishmom.com

Cassandra Marie said...

It still doesn't seem like a whole year has already passed! He looks so so happy! :) What a great party!

my spatula said...

i heart toby too!!! xoxox

Trina said...

Imagine my amazement and delight when I once witnessed an actual Make Way for Ducklings moment: I watched a mother duck and her ducklings appear at a busy intersection almost unconcernedly as bikes and traffic and a traffic policeman did in fact pause to make sure they all crossed safely. So cool! You think you just read about stuff like that in books, but no...

Confraria dos Nobres said...

Muito agradável um aniversário no parque no meio da tarde, gostei!
Felicidades!
Lara

Quando puder apareça para um café
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Elizabeth said...

So cute! It looked like everyone had a wonderful time!! Hope Toby had a wonderful birthday

erin said...

Ack! So cute. I love those mini black and whites!

Anonymous said...

I love those pictures at the end of Toby and Alex playing! Also, Leo and Toby are so cute together. You and Alex have a beautiful family and a wonderful life.

Cara said...

What a fun 1st birthday party! The taxi snacks and I <3 Toby apple stickers are my favorite! Happy first birthday Toby!

M. said...

super cute!

:)


happy B-day Toby!!!

Melliebay said...

This might be the sweetest party ever! I love the theme, and the obvious love you and Alex have for that adorable little man really shines through. :)

Deanna said...

Toby and Leo! Don't know if you're a fan or not but reminds me too much of The West Wing!

Liz said...

I LOVE the last two photos, you guys look so happy and relaxed. Congrats on the milestone and a rocking kids party by the looks!

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Theresa said...

What an adorable boy.
Congratulations on making it through the first year!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

What a sweet celebration! Happy Birthday Toby!

Shweta said...

Its awesome ! I love small birthday parties. And having it outdoors is such a great idea ! Wish little Toby a very, very happy birthday !

brooke said...

you guys just seem like such REAL, great, fun people.

although maybe a little cooler than real people LOL ;-)

andrea said...

What a great Birthday! It looks like everyone had a blast! Cute little touches like your tshirt and the stickers and such!

Shaina said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely Toby! I hope that he has a wonderful day!

how charming said...

our little guy turned one on the 11th. so we had a similar weekend. though a big difference in location. new york to texas. great pictures, wonderful first birthday, so cute!!!

Lexi said...

The statue of liberty and the "I love Toby" shirt = too cute!

xox Lexi
Glitter & Pearls

Stacey said...

awww, looks like Toby had a wonderful 1st birthday! love your top too:-)

Lady Grey said...

such a perfect little party! I love the basket of black & white cookies and bagels! And the apple stickers : )

Sooooooo cute!

Dana said...

seriously, so cute! you guys are an awesome little family. i totally want to make t-shirt for my little guy's upcoming first birthday. thanks for sharing!

Rachael said...

I love how this party is so professional yet full of recreatable ideas too!

Leigh said...

It was such a fun, wonderful party and we were honored to be there celebrating with you! XOXO.

Cela said...

SO CUTE! Kisses from Brazil. :)

Sydney said...

"I heart Toby" awww what a lovely shirt! :'D
toby is so cute when he smiles!!!

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Anonymous said...

What a lovely fun picnic! Thank you for sharing such a special family day. Toby is a gem!

jean goddard said...

These are all so beautiful. I love that first picture of your little family with Uncle Nick!

missmehoneybee said...

What a special day! I felt the same way when our G turned one last year...we survived and its time to celebrate. Toby and Leo are just too cute. Love the tee.

Kate said...

So cute, Joanna! Toby looks like the happiest little guy! :)

Jen said...

Happy Birthday, Tobi <33

Anonymous said...

How can you beat a post that features girls hullahooping and babies just being simply evil cute? I'm from the Furniture Myrtle Beach website and I'm simply annoyed that I now have another blog I need to read everyday. Damn your great posts!

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

What a perfect first birthday! how lovely :)

dotdot. Elizabeth said...

Happy Birthday Toby. I totally loved your picnic party food, especially the green apples. It made the apples seem so special, and I might just steal that idea for a take home parcel for my daughter's party this weekend. Thank you for sharing such a lovely day with us.

Martina Simonic Adamic said...

Happy birthday Toby! & love your t-shirt... so sweet :)

M x

Heartst♥p said...

Amazing JO!

I love the apples in the newspaper cones :)

Kimia Kline said...

those chubby legs!! my favorite part for sure :) happy birthday little man!

Melanie's Randomness said...

How awesome!!! I love the lil statue of liberty cake candle!! Aww Toby is so cute!! Happy birthday to the lil guy! =)

Melanie's Randomness

WA Blog Team said...

Darling photos! Happy Birthday Toby!!
; )

ourdreamlives said...

He looks like the happiest little boy ever! Loving your t-shirt!
Sally

Victoria said...

Looks a great party. The 1st birthday celebration is as much for the parents as the child don't you think. Well done on your first year together.

Pia Zwegers said...

this looks like it was a spectacular party! happy birthday toby :)

xoxo
-pia

Cathy Alvarez said...

Just so you know, you have a fan here in the Philippines. I'm having my own baby boy in a few weeks and reading your blog has been a great way to relieve me of motherhood anxieties! Thank you for sharing your experiences. Happy Birthday Toby!!

Maria said...

Oh my gosh! This is so cute! Love the idea of the party!

very married said...

those snack packs are to die for. absolutely love it!

.ARIEL. said...

Happy Birthday Toby! Make Way for Duckings was one of my favorite books as a kid. I'm sure Toby will enjoy it just as much as I did.

el mack said...

what a lovely party; happy first birthday to Toby. I almost feel like on a baby's first birthday it's the mom and dad who deserve a cake and presents too---you made it past the first year:wonderfully sleep deprived, proficient in diapering, covered in drool, and in awe of your baby ;)

Jan | Poppytalk said...

Aw, Happy 1st Birthday Toby! And congrats on making it through! Looks like great fun was had! I want to pinch those cute chubby legs!

the lil bee said...

Oh, you did such a wonderful job, Joanna! Toby looks so happy. And it IS such an accomplishment as parents! Happy bday, little man:) xo

Chessa! said...

I love it!! I need to get an I Heart Luci shirt. and I LOVE those thighs!!! mmmm! Do you spend all your free time squeezing and biting them? I would!! :)

Kwana said...

So much fun. Happy Birthday Toby!

Mrs. R said...

Happy Bday Toby!! He is adorable and looks just like you!!

lady lyles said...

Ahhhhh!!! That shirt is so ADORABLE! I bet Toby is going to get a good laugh out of it one day.... And it will be especially fun to take out during the teenage years. Maybe when you're dropping him off to 6th grade? (At least that's what I would do...)

Alex looks like a suave yacht club member.

And, obviously, your brother and Toby are always pretty crushable.

Congratulations on surviving your first year! : )

rebecca said...

My favorite aspect of this party? The "I <3 Toby" stickers on the apples. So much detail :)

yk841pink said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Toby! Congratulations to Joanna and Alex on surviving your first year:)

I read your blog everyday and feel like Toby's aunt!
I read and saw his growth from your blog, so it was really special for me too! Wish Toby healthy and happy year!

Grandma Kathleen said...

I love your party ideas! The taxi snack box! so awesome! I'll say it again---Toby is so cute!

natalie said...

What a sweet and intimate party. I heart Toby and his sweet little chunk thighs! Happy Birthday and congratulations Joanna and Alex :)

photohogger said...

One word: ADORBS!

Susie said...

Happy Birthday to Toby! He is adorable. :)

Selena said...

Absolutely adorable! Happy first birthday Toby!

Alix said...

The three of you make such a beautiful family!!

Joanna Goddard said...

yk841pink, that is so sweet of you!

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for all these lovely comments :)

Anonymous said...

That was fast. Year. I feel like i am watching real life Truman, in a good way. Congrats for surviving first year. It's gonna be easier and faster from now on.

Q_9 said...

Toby is such a happy baby. I love his adorable smiles.

Caitlin said...

What a sweet party, happy birthday Toby, and happy day of birth to you and Alex! Love the photo thank you card.

www.StarHughes.com said...

Wow, SUCH a cute party!! That is one lucky little boy!
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Little Treasures said...

This post brought me to the edge of tears - especially the lovely photos and the part of Toby and his friend Leo sharing weird jokes as old men.. precious!! Happy belated birthday to Toby and many, many happy returns of the day!!

thinkpriddy said...

Awesome party idea! So cute.. Happy Birthday Toby!

Robin said...

What a great birthday party for Toby! I love the theme and of course, your shirt :)
Happy birthday, sweet boy!

Ashley said...

Those apple stickers are adorable! - Ashley ourbklyn.com

Wahzat Gayle said...

I just can't believe he is one already! Happy birthday to Toby and Happy Mommiversary to you!

La Franglaise said...

I'm so happy you shared these photos with us as I was wondering what you did for Toby's first. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the snack packs - they are beyong cool! You chose such a great theme. I also love the cake, and your tee and Toby's chubby legs! Seems like it was a perfect day for you guys. xx

AnastasiaC said...

So wonderful - cant believe your baby is one already!!
a picnic Birthday party is a Great idea!!
looks likeyou all had a fun day and Toby is adorable!

Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

What fun! I am so excited already for my little girl's first birthday (she's only 7 months old right now). One Charming Party has so many great ideas. I met Brittany at the Alt Summit last year, and she was so nice, too. ( And I hope you're able to make it out next year, Joanna! :)

Christian said...

So, so sweet! My favorite gift to give at a first birthday is a bottle of bubbles & a bottle of champagne with a note attached that reads: "You've survived the first year! Hooray!!! Here's a little bubbly for you both!" Such a reason to celebrate. :)

Rose said...

what a gorgeous party! love the stickers on the apples especially. Congratulations to you all and happy birthday to Toby

Maya said...

Wonderful birthday party! I like the "I love Toby" motive and the birthday cake! I! Happy birthday to Toby! :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

whoa how did i miss this?

what an amazing mother you are, throwing this superb party for you son.

i can't believe he's already 1! i remember where i was sitting when i read your birth post. ah!

ann said...

so sweet. thanks for sharing! the big yellow balloons are awesome. where did you get them?

NosOtros said...

Happy Birthday Toby!
My twin girl and boy were born just a few weeks before Toby was born. I followed your blog the entire time I was pregnant.
Congratulations on Toby 1st birthday!

Jo said...

What a joy it has been to watch your little man grow up. Happy 1st year to everyone (I know it's a huge milestone for you and Alex as well ;-) and wish you guys much much much more bliss and happiness in the years to come! How exciting!

samantha hahn said...

we had a splendid time. Henry ate 10000 cheerios.

jennaelayne said...

thanks for introducing me to pinhole press. i am obsessed! i love their high quality and the fact that every note i give away is personal! xo jenna

ALi said...

such an adorable party! I love the New York City theme and that shirt you wore is so creative and fun. It is fun to see other people's birthday parties, we also had a birthday party for our one year old a couple of weeks ago.

Drea said...

I am so in love with your blog!

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Maria C said...

Happy Birthday Toby!

Maria xx
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Glenda said...

I missed this last week! Love the party ideas. Taxi cabs...the I love Toby stickers and tee you're wearing...awesome!

raynette said...

this post was great. i loved toby's birthday theme.

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Cheryl said...

Happy Birthday, Toby! We just celebrated my son Samuel's 1st at the start of the month. He's already a whopping 28 lbs and funny enough did NOT like his cake. Cute to see Toby going for it. xx

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