Jansen, as advanced as he may be, cannot chat with us. His communication is limited to whining, screaming, giggling, and yelling out his version of duck or dog. So while trying to come up with a theme for his first birthday party, Stephen and I had to try to read his mind. Every night during dinner the three of us watch Wheel of Fortune together. Jansen watches all of the colors and claps with Vanna, and I solve all of the puzzles. Stephen marvels at how talented his family is. It’s a special time for us!
I am of the mentality that you shouldn’t go overboard on a kid’s birthday party. Not because I don’t think they are worth it, but because I am cheap. I don’t believe in spending oodles of money on something that is supposed to be fun. (Spending oodles of money stresses me out, therefore makes the fun activity not fun. You see?) But I thought that I could pull together a cute Wheel of Fortune party without spending much money.
Here’s a glimpse into my efforts.
I found these little rectangle wooden letters in a clearance bin at Michael’s and I thought they’d look a lot like the letters on the WoF board if I painted them white and black. My mom found some green and yellow flowers for the table and she arranged the letters around the vase.
Now THIS, this is my favorite. I envisioned a felt board that looked like the Wheel of Fortune board, and I wanted it to have velcro letters so Jansen could use it in the future to learn letters and spelling. It was extremely time-consuming but I love the way it turned out!
I set up an area for a photo booth. I wasn’t really sure how well it was going to go over, sometimes people are way too cool to participate in goofy activities. There are some pretty cute pictures from the photo booth, but as I suspected, not everyone participated. I’ll show you those pictures in a separate post, but here’s the table of Vanna and Pat gear. (Wigs, fake money, jewelry, speech bubbles, etc.)
My best friend Lyndsey came to Houston for Jansen’s party. Partly because she loves me but also because she is Jansen’s godmother. She saw something online about how to make a number pinata and decided to give it a shot. It turned out AMAZING! In fact, I decided we weren’t going to smash it open! It’s now in Jansen’s room on his bookshelf. (This picture was taken before she crinkled all the paper, so it actually looked even better later.)
At the entry table, I laid out some pens and some blank colored wedges with instructions to sign a wedge for Jansen’s guestbook.There was also a basket of chocolate bar party favors that my sister made! Somehow I didn’t get a picture of those during the party, so here are some from home.
And the icing on the cake? Well, I decided against cake. I was going to make a rectangle cake that looked like the WoF board but decided I’m not very good at building cakes (name the movie reference) so I chose another option. Cupcakes are much smaller and much more manageable. So I did some green sparkly ones and some with letter tiles that resemble the tiles on the board. Overall I’m pleased, even though my piping skills leave something to be desired.
So, what do you think? Pretty fun theme, huh? I can’t wait until Jansen is older and we can show him what a nerdy birthday party we threw him. Maybe he’ll be the next Pat Sajak and we’ll all think, “We always knew…”