• Sarah Nantel


Planning for any party is a lot of work, but planning for Anders’ first birthday- it was definitely WORK! (but I have to admit it was fun to work on crafts again!) Our families are not in town but we were surrounded by our close friends to celebrate his first year and it meant so much to us that everyone came over. So here is a snapshot of his very first airplane themed party! We had so much fun! A huge thank you to our friend Billy Yam for capturing these memories!


We opted for a travel theme for Anders' first birthday party! A simple DIY birthday board that can be reused every year: My husband made the frame out of pallet wood and the board (mdf that can be bought at home depot) was painted with chalkboard paint. I then used washable chalk markers to decorate.


I wanted to create a time capsule for Anders to open when he turns 18. I asked the guests to complete a card that read “we hope when you grow up…” and to take a photo of themselves to be put in his capsule. I also included a picture of him at each month of his 1st year.

In chinese culture, when a child turns one- he or she participates in a fun custom called 抓周 “zhuazhou”. Anders has a few items to choose from where each symbolically represents a career path. The item he picks first is thought to determine his career choice. Anders was quite hesitant in picking –but he did touch the badminton birdie- so maybe sports will be in his future!


We had a cake for all the guests to share while our birthday boy got his very own to devour! Anders absolutely loved his first taste of birthday cake! I even made my first batch of rice krispies ever in my life. Guess that’s what being a mom makes you do- to learn to cook new things!

I hope that when Anders looks back at these photos and his capsule that he will remember all those that love him and came to celebrate with us. Happy happy first birthday my son!

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