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Valentinos First Birthday Party a Winter Onederland

This past weekend Valentino celebrated his first birthday. We had a winter onederland theme for him as he’s a December baby and his favorite cartoon is this:

He actually missed half of his own party because he was napping. Around 35 people came, including a bunch of kids. He had a blast and ended the night running pretty much naked around the house.

Here are some photos I took:



Here is Valentino looking all dapper in his new suit. We just woke him from his nap, and he’s looking around at everything like “Where did all this come from??” :P



So I searched 3 different Walmarts until I found this life size Santa. He sings and dances, and in Spanish too! He was a hit with the kids, but Valentino was terrified of him :-/


I’ve been looking for tot tables and chairs for the longest time, and finally found these at Costco. I had to go to two different Costcos to get them, and they were pretty much all sold out. We got the last of what was left. Costco is super annoying in that they will bring something you love, and then take it away and you will never see it again. You can’t just leave and “think about it” and come back later. I have a love-hate relationship with Costco.


I am obsessed with this cake. I kind of splurged on it but it was so worth it. It looked even better in real life and tasted yummy too. I designed it and ordered it from Fluffy Thoughts Bakery in McLean.


I picked up these cupcakes from Giant. I stuck snowman candy that I found at Walmart on them. These pretty much cost me nothing, but they still looked super cute. Score!



My mom did the catering. I wanted a simple menu, with food that didn’t need heating up. We had different sandwiches, a shrimp platter, berry salad, veggies and dip, baguette, crackers, and this really yummy chicken potato salad. How cute is the cheese ball snowman? It was delish. We also got Costco pizza for the kiddos.



I loved the paper straws. I don’t even think anyone used them but still they were too cute. Got them from this etsy shop (BTW- Etsy is my new best friend) https://www.etsy.com/shop/PopUpPartiesShop


Prosecco with a splash of Curacao for the color. This was for the adults, obviously.


My mom helped me with the flowers. The white stuff in the vase is fake snow. Aren’t they gorgeous? I love the blue ribbon. I wanted white roses, carnations, and hydrangeas. You can’t really see it here but there’s also some blue tulle in there.


These are also from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/partyINK

These aren’t the printable kind. I wanted something durable that would stick well, be waterproof and wouldn’t be ruined easily. Love the Birthday Facts on the back:



Halfway through the party we had Valentino change into his cake smash outfit. He looked so good in it. We got the birthday hat, tie and diaper cover. Got it from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleGuyTiesandMore

I made the smash cake, and he didn’t even smash it. He just kind of looked at it, pointed at it, and then got upset that his fingers were sticky with frosting. So I gave him some cake with a fork and he was happy.


Just us three. Four actually, but baby #2 isn’t coming out for another two weeks.


Goody bag table, but instead of goody bags all the kids got a teddy bear and some bubbles.


So that’s that. My baby boy is ONE! I can’t believe it. Excuse me while I go cry in the corner. Will someone please work on freezing time for me?

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.