Here's a bit more recap. I don't have great pics of everything (and I'm waiting for you to send yours Shelly!) but I'll try to explain as best as I can.
First things first. The invitation. Check out what the great folks over at Lily Pad Boutique helped to put together for us. The wording isn't mine as I combined several invites I found online, and I love them because they sweetly combine ducks and bubbles without looking too "old." He's only one once!
Buy as many rubber ducks as you want! They were everywhere this summer so I'd pick some up in dollar sections at almost every grocery/Target/Walmart outing. Then my mom called with BOGO 10 pack or something crazy like that. Yes Mom! Get the ducks! (And I know. I still owe you for those!)
You'll need them for decorating. Be creative! I didn't know how I was going to "hide" the big brown mirror/candle wall fixture, but knew that this wall would be the backdrop for my dessert table. With enough ducks, anything is possible right? Alternating ducks and blue marbles worked out perfect.
I also used plenty of ducks for this classic game. My intentions? Write numbers on the bottom of the ducks, kids pull up a duck, and then they receive a prize with matching number. I hit up the dollar stores/sections of stores for some great stuff! However, this was hard because there were not only kids of a variety of ages, but boys and girls sometimes need different prizes. Ladybug socks was a prize, and we can't have any of Nicole's boys sporting those any time soon!
Wyatt's nanny (Godmother not caregiver. LA peeps you get this!) helped out to give appropriate prizes, and I think everyone went home happy!
My nephew collecting his prize
If Sheriff has a "boy," (as in BFF for the male gender) it's Liam here with his parents (and his Momma is one of my Mommy BFFs!)
Another activity that I'm really glad I did was "Decorate a Duck." I found these at amazon, and yes, it was a one-year-old's party, but there were plenty of older kids and, ahem adults, who got in on this action.
See John's ducks:
More to come on the yummy treats I made, and of course those I wanted to make as well!