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Slam Dunk Basketball First Birthday Party

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“He shoots, He SCORES!!” and we are going wild about this Basketball Themed Slam Dunk first birthday party by Andrea of Coquette Events. Following her clients lead, Andrea incorporated the family’s love for basketball and modern sense of style, while still keeping the party fresh and youthful.

From the basketball cake pops and fondant cupcake toppers, to the concession stand food – which included fried chicken wings and hot dogs with all the trimmings and much more, the “first season highlights” photo bookshelf, to the amazing Mini Air Jordan Cookies, this party was a slam dunk! We’re also loving the super fun mini basketball and popcorn party favors and athletic storage bins which displayed them.

Cake Smash and Dessert Table

Basketball Cakepops and Mini Cupcakes

Read on for more adorable & creative “First Season Highlights” and “Slam Dunk” pictures. . .

Dessert Table

Dessert Table

Party Favors

Invite and backdrop

Food and Fixins'

Party Decor

First Year Photos and Food

Party Favors



PARTY DETAILS, as told by Andrea…

“Our client came to us wanting a contemporary baby friendly party. As we discussed the different theme options, she kept going back to how much her husband loves basketball. So we decided on a baby blue, white, and orange color scheme. Thinking a soft print would help balance an orange basketball, we played around with stripes, polka dots, and finally landed on argyle and polka dots. The prints acted as the background to Todd’s basketball backboard announcing his big birthday.

We carried the look of the invite throughout the party with a patterned banner and customized stickers for the concession stand inspired buffet. The menu included salt and pepper fried chicken wings (that were a huge hit), hot dogs with all the trimmings, chili over rice (daddy’s favorite), macaroni salad, and Japanese somen noodle salad.

Todd’s photos were set up in a bookshelf to show “Todd’s First Season Highlights” with labels detailing his baby milestones.

The dessert table was so deliciously pulled together, the guests were hesitant to start eating from it. Sweets were on the top of the priority list and we worked with two different vendors to pull it all together.  Love Bites Bakeshop provided us with snickerdoodle cupcakes, which were topped with “Slam Dunk” and “Sweet Shot” flags, chocolate chip cookie sandwiches, and mini chocolate cupcakes that were topped with fondant toppers from Dream Cakes by Maggie. Maggie was also the talent behind the basketball cakepops, Todd’s giant cupcake smashcake, and the beautifully decorated sugar cookies. The sneaker cookies were inspired by Dad and Todd’s favorite basketball shoes. Mom added her own special dessert, Japanese mochi. The finishing touch was the backdrop, which was made up of foam boards covered with basketball textured vinyl.

Guests were invited to enjoy two different party favors, chocolate caramel corn and basketball stress balls. Both items were features in white locker bins with cute messages. “Thanks for taking a time out to celebrate my 1st birthday. Love, Todd” and “ Thanks for coming. Hope you had a ball.”

Vendor Credit
By |2018-06-07T15:32:09-07:00June 16th, 2011|First Birthday, Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys|

About the Author:

JESSICA WILCOX of Modern Moments admits to being kept awake by new creative ideas. Friends are amazed that she no sooner has a great idea for a new product than it appears on her website – beautiful and ready for customers!

This artistic, high-energy entrepreneur with a degree in business discovered her flair for design as she settled into domestic life in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and first son six years ago. Since then, she’s had two more adorable boys and has begun two flourishing design-related businesses, one for custom home décor and one for print goods and party supplies.

Her flair for party details is the reason she is now developing a third business. A lover of “all things cupcake,” Jessica not only creates unique party décor but loves to cook savory snacks and bake sweet treats that creatively express the event’s theme. Lucky family members get to enjoy her design and culinary creations on a regular basis, and she’s now ready to share her party planning brilliance with the world. Watch for it!


  1. Marlika June 16, 2011 at 10:41 am

    This is a very nice theme the shoes are adorable.

  2. Shanta' June 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I think this theme is amazing! My son is only one month old and i’m already to plan his first bday bash using this very theme….
    Very smart and creative two thumbs up!

  3. www.StarHughes.com June 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Those basketball cake pops are so cute! Love this birthday party theme!
    Star Hughes Living

  4. ZOILA @ SQUARED PARTY PRINTABLES June 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Yay for boys! Love it! Love all the little details.

  5. Eillim Cintron June 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    This was just too ingeneous, I love it!!!!!!!!!

  6. lulu alvarez June 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I love this awesome party……….

  7. Cindy June 20, 2011 at 6:06 am

    lol I thought the plastic mini-balls are food. This is a fantastic party. :D

  8. Katie McFarland June 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I wish this were a baseball theme. I’m working on planning my sons first bday bash with baseball in mind. I think I can get a lot of ideas about it here but I’d LOVE to see a modern baseball theme.

    • katie June 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      I wish this were a baseball theme. I’m working on planning my sons first bday bash with baseball in mind. I think I can get a lot of ideas about it here but I’d LOVE to see a modern baseball theme..

  9. elaine September 2, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Where can I find the basketball material used for the board where the happy birthday sign is in the photo?

  10. star October 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

    do you mind sending me all the things in the favors and desserts ? =) oh and the places you got the food from

  11. Jen Pulaski November 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Love all the details!! Can you tell me where you purchased the happy birthday banner, and the mini-basketballs?

  12. Corine August 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Where did you do your printing at?

  13. Rachel January 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Can you send me the information on where you ordered the mini basketballs used as favors from?

  14. Kristiana March 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    FYI, Love Bites Bakeshop is now http://www.loveandflourbakeshop.com
    They are seriously the best cupcakes I’ve ever had!

  15. Sherry Junior April 29, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Looking for those mini basketball can you please share

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