When I was brainstorming my baby's 1st birthday party, I threw around a couple of ideas for a few months. His name is Lachlan, which isn't a very popular name in the U.S. right now, but it is pronounced "Lock-lun." His personality is boisterous, to say the least, so if you put the two together, what is a better nickname than "Lach Ness Monster?"
This party was originally going to be a large party for our friends and family, but the week of his birthday, my oldest went into the hospital. If you follow my blog, you know that my oldest son has a variety of health issues. So, we had to move Lachlan's birthday party to the next weekend and we downsized considerably to just family and our closest friends.
But, I couldn't let my baby's day go by without celebrating the amazing year he has had.
So, without further explanation.....the "Lach" Ness Monster party!
My first stop was Piggy Bank Parties. Do and J are always my go-to when I am creating a party theme that is not mainstream. They are amazingly talented and always create beautiful illustrations for me. I sent them ONE inspiration picture of a sweet looking monster with some beautiful waves and they came back to me with this beyond gorgeous invitation. I fell in love immediately. My favorite part is the plaid golfing tam that Nessie is wearing! So cute.
Natalie at The Knock Knock Factory made Lachlan this beautiful wreath for the front door. Doesn't it just look like water? It's like the male version of her signature mermaid wreath.
I love how she created her own plaid out of glitter.
And even the Nessie on the wreath has his own tam!
I always have to have a staircase hanging--it is my signature when it comes to my babies' parties. For this hanging, I cut a "one" out of foam core and then wove crepe paper by hand into a plaid pattern.
I know I am biased, but he's pretty freaking cute. His shirt was made by my sweet friend Mollie, who makes my boys a shirt every year for their birthdays. I sent her one of the plaid fabrics that I was using and she sent me back this adorable shirt.
For the menu, I wanted savory appetizers with fun, lake-themed names.
I found this wave-shaped planter at Michael's and spray-painted it blue. It was perfect for my "Lake Algae" spinach dip. The Nessie lumps are PVC pipe spray-painted green. If you look closely, you can see some items that were "party-recycled" from my party closet, such as this glittered L from my Leap Year party.
I also made pasta salad, which I dyed green. Did you know that you can dye pasta? I simply boiled it, then let it cool and added green gel food coloring. I used macaroni noodles because they looked like the Nessie lumps. I got those adorable cups and wooden spoons from In the Clear on Etsy. Then I added plaid washi tape to the bottoms.
The wooden castles are from Michael's. I spray painted them silver. If you know anything about Lach Ness, there is a castle on the shores, called Urquhart Castle. I created those cake stands with some plates and ice-cream cups from Hobby Lobby.
I made the little dessert picks with pom poms, toothpicks, and some hot glue. It really gave the sausage balls an extra cute-factor.
What else but plaid oreos?
The celtic knot pretzels were an easy last-minute addition to the menu.
I am pretty much obsessed with the smash cake. I mean, Melanie at Mad Lily Cakery blew it out of the box. She was, as always, amazing to work with.
I knew I wanted a unique cupcake stand, so when I found this candle holder at the antique mall, I knew I had to have it. Mindy at Creative Juice inspired me to use a candle holder as a cupcake stand when I saw her amazing July 4th party, which debuted in the Bird's Party Magazine. This one was originally an aqua color, but a little spray paint fixed that. I added the green craft foam onto the back with hot glue and then used a piece of PVC pipe and some more craft foam on the front for the head of Nessie. Add a googly eye and a tam made out of extra fabric and you've got a Nessie cupcake stand.
This is also a good picture of the tablecloth treatment. I wanted it to look like a kilt. Ironing all those pleats in the cloth sucked, but it was totally worth it. I love how it turned out.
And who else but Lynlee's Petite Cakes to make my Nessie cupcake toppers a reality?
I got this inspiration from a link I saw here. I think ours were cuter though!
I don't have any idea how Lynlee can make plaid out of fondant! I couldn't get close enough with the camera to show the level of detail, but there were also little wave patterns in the blue part.
Do and J were sweet enough to send me a high-resolution file of Nessie, so that I could print out a large version of him for my background. I ordered him from Shutterfly on 20x30 paper and then glued him to foam core and cut around him with an xacto knife.
Also at the antique mall, my mom spotted this little concrete worm, and I knew I had to have him. I painted him, of course, and added him to the gift table. For the waves, I cut the pattern into the paper covered foam core and then peeled the paper off to expose the white part underneath.
And, of course I added a tam to this Nessie's head too!
The beautiful, fabulous printables. The waves are so gorgeous.
My Lach Ness had a big time with his cake!
And who else but The Purple Pug herself could have made this beautiful banner for his high chair? You can't see in this picture, but there is a little Nessie on the left side, which of course was glittered.
For his monthly pictures, I used blue bulletin board borders. You can find these in the classroom portion of Hobby Lobby. I liked the way they mimicked waves. Then, I used a brad to attach the pictures, so they would hang off. I used a Martha Stewart plaid edge cutter to made the cardstock look plaid. Then, I added a little printable from Piggy Bank Parties to give each picture a little extra something.
For his gift, my sister had her friend paint this beautiful picture of Lachlan, so we had to have it on display at the party!
I wrapped them in green felt and hot glued them shut. I froze them before the party so that they would stay cold during it. Then I tied a bow onto them and added a cute favor tag.
And of course, some gratuitous cute baby cake-smashing pictures!
He is pretty good at it.
Happy 1st birthday to my sweet, crazy Lach Ness Monster!
Cake and Cupcakes: Mad Lily Cakery
Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Lynlee's Petite Cakes
Plaid Oreos: Sweet Temptations
Printables: Piggy Bank Parties
Wreath: The Knock Knock Factory
Shirt: Personally Stitched
High Chair Banner: The Purple Pug
Washi Tape: Pretty Tape
Green and Blue Cups: In The Clear