Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tatum's Tailgate Birthday Party

We had the best time celebrating Tatum's first birthday with family and friends - this was a milestone for us - as still sort of "new" parents, we've never thrown a kids birthday party before but we had so much fun.

We used our neighborhood clubhouse so we didn't worry about having to clean up our house after the party and it worked great.  I used a bunch of balloons for the decorations, the classic one year banner, a first year sign with his stats, a football sign and a framed invitation.

We had most of the food catered by our country club to keep it easy and went with all football/kids food - hot dogs, chicken cheesesteaks, cheesesteak egg rolls, mac n cheese, chicken tenders, wings and a tater to bar since we call Tatum, Tater Tot.  I also had some kids snacks like applesauce pouches and veggie sticks as well as some stadium snacks like popcorn, cotton candy and cracker jacks.  We had another little table with some fruit, veggies and salad.

I got a few inflatables - a football player you can throw the ball to and a ref as well as borrowed a bounce house from a friend.  In another room were some football coloring sheets and a duck pond guessing game since Tatum loves ducks.

In the game room which already has foosball, ping pong and shuffleboard tables set up we brought home our corn hole and ladder golf games from Penn State - the kids loved them and finding the beanbags and footballs at the end was fun, ha!

We had little football boxes for gift bags with a football rubber duck, bubbles, a squishy football and a little foam finger.

I always love dessert so we used our favorite bakery for a nice cake and then had a plain smash cake for Tatum and finished the dessert bar off with some candy.  We went simple with wine, beer, water and seltzer as well as juice boxes for the kids.

Tatum LOVED his cake!  On his real birthday he had just a cupcake so this was his first time to really dig in.  At first he just played with it but then he went to town snacking on it too.  He had some of his older friends help him blow out the candle.

It was such a fun day and while it was exhausting and overwhelming, it went by in a flash.  We felt so blessed to have so many of our family and friends in attendance to enjoy the day. Tatum got tons of attention and ran all over the place.


  1. The cutest birthday party and so perfect for a first one!!! You did a great job throwing it!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. I can't think of a more perfect theme for Tatum and you guys with your love for football!! Every detail was just perfect! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. What a precious party and I love all the d├ęcor!

  4. Oh my heavens I love every single detail!

  5. How cute is this birthday party?!?! You always think of ALL the details when entertaining, and this party is no different. So many cute little play areas, and great food...just perfect. And even better is the fact that you can see a little cake in Tatum's hair, haha - I feel like that is a sign of a good party!

  6. How perfect was this theme - LOVE! I can't believe little man is already one! <3
    Green Fashionista

  7. His party couldn't have been more perfect! All the decorations are so cute, and I want to do exactly what Tatum did with cake every time I eat cake!