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Crew's 1st Birthday Party!

*WARNING THIS POST IS LONG!!!!! (hey! my lil boy only turns 1 once :) )

I honestly don't even know where to start....
I probably started planning my son's first birthday party when he was 3 months old.
Anyone who follows me on PINTEREST knows this :)
I was pinning ideas forever for his party!
But Jeff & I finally came to the "theme" of a Surf Party for our little man!
My husband loves surfing and for his 1st birthday gift from us we had a surfboard made for him,
complete with a bright blue 1 painted on it and his baby feet
(imprints from the hospital) on the bottom of the board :)
When I actually saw the completed board I burst into tears!
I adore it! He will actually be able to ride it (in a few years) and he can keep it forever :)
So anyways that is how we knew we had to throw him a Surf Party :)
and because I am a crazy perfectionist I wanted to throw some other fun elements into it.
Hence the OMBRE Surf Theme :)
I must say the girls @ POSH PAPERIE were truly my biggest source of inspiration and help!
They contributed sooo much and I am so grateful for Elizabeth & Karrie!!!

It all started with the invite! K & E completely designed everything for this beauty!
I knew I wanted hand drawn fonts and that was about it :)
They came up with the most amazing invitation ever,
seriously so blown away by how creative they are!!!
They created Kraft Boxes (with a beautiful blue ombre address wrap)
filled them with shades of blue sand.
In each box were 3 little cards.
1 - said Crew is ONE
the next one was all the party info
the last one was a lil sizing help.
Saying our "Little Grom's sizing is... " .
We have a big guy, so he has been out of 12month clothing for quite some time :)
I knew I needed to let people know this :)
Onto all the decor details!

Ombre tables: I tied in the ombre (graduation of color) theme into the party in several areas.
3 shades of blue table cloths covered the party table.
Then I created a kraft paper extra wide runner/table cloth to go over each table as well.
I hand painted each place setting onto the kraftpaper along with shades of blue waves :)
Centerpieces: Each table had a juice jug filled with sand anchoring giant round blue balloons.
Strewn about the tables were mini blue beach pails filled with goldfish
and painted number 1's on them.
Each painted place setting had ombre dipped bamboo cutlery wrapped in twine on it.

Drink station:
We had milk, oj, apple juice, mimosas (for the adults) and chocolate milk shots!
And of course coffee, lots of coffee.

Cereal Bar:
I wanted fun foods for kids so what better than a cereal bar!
I ordered super cute cereal "bowls" trays from GARNISH
(actually I bought a ton of super cute party supplies from them!)
and had a ton of cereal complete with a jar of milk to top them off!
Pancake Station:
We had a pancake (& waffles too!) station, tons of toppings to add on :)
plus fruit cups (shark fin toppers), granola bars, and muffins!

Desserts:
My wonderful friend Melody (My Sweet & Saucy Shop) designed Crew's beautiful sweet table!
She made a super cute mini cake just for Crew, Ombre blue! Umm it was amazing!!!
Cutest thing ever!
Shark fin cake pops! Rice Krispie Treats, yummy mini cupcakes, it was all perfect :)
Mel set up the desserts on Crew's surfboard with scattered bits of sand and of course trays full of goldfish! Seriously LOVED everything!!!
The favor bags were strewn about the table. Super cute screen printed bags from
Wedding Chicks filled with gummy sharks!!! =) LOVED!


Okay finally onto the photos! Sorry again, super long post :)


Vendors :

Paperie: Posh Paperie
Favor Bags: Wedding Chicks
Rentals: Found Rentals (dessert table) & Signature Rentals (tables/chairs)

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The Invitation :)
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I made the photo back drop, just photos of Crew in his 1st year of life!
Posh Paperie created the poster for me -quote from the sweet book "Love you Forever"
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Shark fin fruit cups
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The Birthday Boy's thrown for the day!
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The super cute "Crew is One" Sign Posh Paperie made!
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Cake time!
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Kinda liked cake. Kinda :)
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9 comments:

openid said...

ummmmmmm....HOLEEEEEE SMOKES.
This is by far theee cutest boy birthday i've EVER seen.
you're amazing friend!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CREW!

Meg said...

best mommy ever!!

Stephanie @ This Casita said...

Uh-Ma-Zing! Happy birthday to Crew, and what a fantabulous job on the party!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

You know I loved this party!!! Amazing!!!

The Loveliest Day said...

Oh my gosh, Ash! This turned out amazing. I love every last little bit:)

Brier Rose Design said...

Such an awesome job! loved the cool airy feeling of the blue and ombre oh my.. more please! You did a great job what a Mamma♥

Unknown said...

Really cute. Would you share where you got those little milk bottles and the mini apple juice carafes?

Consuelo Millard said...

Hi! I love this and the idea of a brunch. I wanted to know how you went about making pancakes and waffles for all of your guest. Did you hire someone to cook them?

Thanks!
Consuelo

Consuelo Millard said...

This is such a fantastic birthday! I wanted to know if you hired someone to cook the pancakes and waffles for your guest, or how you handled that?

Thanks!
Consuelo