Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Carson's First Birthday Party!

Before I recap Carson's FIRST birthday party, can we just talk about how much he has grown in a year?  Crazy.  He has just about tripled his birth weight and he has grown almost 10"!  I still can't believe it was over a year ago that we were meeting this angel in the hospital!

Last weekend (5/18) we had Carson's first birthday celebration!  We had a WHALEY great time.  Corny enough?  In all honesty, I didn't want the party to look too whaley so I focused on blues and greens and just added some whale stuff here and there.  Here is a look at how it turned out!

{The Decorations}

Paper Lanterns from Party City & Target Dollar Spot

Name Banner (DIY)

Happy Birthday Banner (DIY)

My husband's contribution! :P

12 month collage :)

Door Sign (DIY)

Newborn, 6 Months, 12 Months (on our mantel)

"Guest Book" with Poem (idea via Pinterest)

Birthday Board via Etsy
{The Food}

"Puffer Fish" = Sweet & Sour Meatballs

"Whale Babies" = Cheddar Whale Crackers

"Sand Dollars" = White Chocolate Covered Oreos

"Chocolate Coral" = Chocolate Covered Pretzels w/ Sprinkles

"Coral Reef" = Ranch Cheddar Cheese Ball
"Blubber Dip" = Cinnamon Fruit Dip

"Snapping Turtles" = Jalepeno Poppers & "Sea Snails" = Crescent Wrapped Lil' Smokies

"Sea Water" = Blue Raspberry Lemonade
Whales swimming in the "Sea Water" :)

Chevron Straws from HobLob!

Whale Napkins via Party City

Fancy Water (duct tape from Amazon)

{The Cakes}
Professional Cake for the Guests, delicious and adorable!
Homemade smash cake - funfetti with an ombre inside!

DIY Cake Bunting & "1" candle from Party City

Ombre smash cake (homemade)
{The SMASH...or lack there of}
Carson's cake smash outfit = shorts, tie, & birthday hat! 

I thought giving him a taste might help...

We also cut a slice so he could see the inside.

This is right after he fed me a bite :)

He shared some with Daddy, too!

Sharing with his grandmas!
{The Gifts}
Getting some help from one of his friends :)

Using a new toy as a climber!

Deep in thought!

It's getting hot in herrrre ;)

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He loves putting things in this truck and pushing it around!

He's obsessed with balls so this was a super exciting gift!

Ride-on puppy!
Practicing his bball skills with his new hoop!

New chair from Mommy & Daddy!

Outfit #1: Birthday Boy Shirt + Embroidered Whale & Anchor Shorts!

4 Generations!  Carson with his Daddy, Grandpa, & Great Grandpa!

Carson's 2nd Birthday outfit: personalized whale "1" shirt from Etsy!

Playing outside after the party was over!

New basketball fun!

Hanging out with Aunt Shannon!
SUCH a happy ONE year old! 



  1. So fun and creative! Happy birthday Carson!

  2. Awww happy birthday Carson!!! Looks like you had a wonderful party!

  3. Everything looks so cute!!! I'm just starting Paxton's party planning and these pictures got me even more excited :)

  4. Love the theme and the ombre smash cake! I also love the DIY banners you made- great job. It turned out so well and looked like Carson really enjoyed himself.

  5. Looks like a great party! We have that little puppy push toy and Hayden LOVES it. I bet Carson does too!

    Seeing the pictures from when they are first born to how much they change in a year is just unreal isn't it!?

  6. Everything looks great! LOVE the theme!

  7. What a cute theme! It looks like he had a great party!

  8. Carson looks like he had so much fun! You did a great job on all the DIY banners, I'm making similar ones for Madden's birthday...and now I may still some ideas ;)

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  10. For the guest book did you use the 64 page Dr. Seuss book?