I can’t believe Bean’s birthday is less than a week away.
Actually, that’s not true. There is birthday stuff all over my house right now, so I can totally believe it’s a week away.
Bean’s first birthday, as you might imagine, will be like Woodstock in our house. It will last for days and days and days and we’ll all be in such a sugar high that we may not even remember what all happened. So, I figured before I hit that wall, I would go ahead and share some of our birthday party paraphernalia with you.
Bean’s actual birthday is June 1, which is on Tuesday next week. Since it’s in the middle of the week and my parents will be traveling, we’ll have a small little birthday party for him at our house with just us and Chris’ sister, Annie. For this home party, we’re going to grill out and I’m ordering a few helium balloons for the house decorations. Bean likes to suck the helium. (Just kidding.)
I’m also ordering a jungle cake from Publix, our local grocery store. Publix has this great policy where if you order a full-sized birthday cake for a first birthday, they make you a free small individual cake for the baby. So, Bean will get to indulge a bit. I’m also going to get a jungle-themed table cloth cover for our outside table so that we can sit outside with our tiki torches lit. This is also the night we will open Bean’s birthday presents. For our BBQ and cake, we have these adorable jungle themed party plates and napkins.
Now, if it had been up to me, that would have been it. I mean, we’re heading to Disney’s Animal Kingdom on the following Saturday and that seems like it should be enough of a celebration, right?
Wrong, according to Bean’s Nana.
Last week, random boxes of safari things started showing up at my house. Like these jungle print leis…
And these bucket safari hats, which are, unfortunately, in adult sizes so I think Mom means for us to actually wear them…
Since it’s just going to be a small little party at our house, I’m assuming that these are for the day at the Animal Kingdom. Now, as much as Chris loves Bean and as good of a Dad as he is, I know for a fact that I will not be able to get him to wear these things all day long. So, I think I’m going to drop them at the Rainforest Cafe, where we are having lunch, when I drop off our cake early in the morning when we get to the park. Then, when we come back for lunch, we can all put on our safari get ups for lunch and cake. Chris is already protesting, but he’s just going to have to dress like an idiot for an hour. I don’t know what else to tell him.
In one of the boxes that arrived, there was a bag of these rubber finger puppets…
I got a bag of 50.
And they’re really cute and all, but what the hell am I supposed to do with 50 rubber safari animal hand puppets?
Bean has a few ideas.
He LOVES these little guys. I think its cause they are small and chewy.
And we all know that SMALL and CHEWY are very much age appropriate toys for one year old boys. (Can you hear my sarcasm through the computer?)
I’m scared to death Bean’s going to choke on them, so he’s only allowed to play with them when I’m sitting there with him. But he doesn’t mind if I’m there or not. He loves his little safari animals.
His favorite is the elephant. He likes to flick his ears.
And I can’t blame him. Those ears are very flickable.
So, here I sit in my House o’ Birthday, surrounded by plates, animal print leis, napkins, jungle safari hats, and 50 small animal shaped choking hazards.
I’m so damn excited!