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Incredible Ombre Surf 1st Birthday Brunch

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Little Surfer First Birthday Party - Dessert Table & Cake

This stylish OMBRE SURF BIRTHDAY BRUNCH that Ashley of Ashley Rose Photography created for her adorable son Crew is nothing short of incredible! And how smart to feature so many fun food stations that both kids and adults are sure to love – including a cereal bar, a pancake station with all the fixings, and a loaded drink station complete with chocolate milk shots for the kids and mimosas for the adults!

There are so many whimsical, creative details to be found in this darling first birthday party… from the ombre dipped cutlery and hand painted place settings to the large kraft paper photo collage and the shark fin cake pops displayed in trays lined with goldfish. One of my favorite elements has to be the beautifully styled dessert buffet showcasing Crew’s new surfboard and overflowing with incredibly yummy desserts. I also love the stamped muslin bags filled with blue shark gummies (Every surfer’s worst nightmare is much less scary in candy form, right?)! ;)

Little Surfer Birthday Party - Drink Station with Milk & Juice Carafes in a Bathtub

Keep reading for lots more amazing photos + party details…

Ombre Surf Birthday Party - Boxed Invitations

Surf Birthday Party Favors - Blue Shark Gummies

Pancake Station with Toppings - Surf Birthday Party

Coffee Station with DIY Stir Sticks & Creamer - Surf Birthday Party

Mimosa Station with Blue & White Stripey Straws

Chocolate Milk Shots for a Kids Birthday Party

Shark Fin Cake Pops in Goldfish Trays - Surfer Birthday Party

Shark Fin Cake Pops - Kids Birthday Party

Surf Party Dessert Station and Cereal Bar - Cocoa Puffs

surf themed birthday party cupcakes & desserts + dipped utensils

Little Surfer First Birthday Party Blue Ombre Cake & High Chair


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Ashley

“My husband loves surfing and for Crew’s 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 at 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. One said Crew is ONE. The next one was all the party info and 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 12 month clothing for quite some time. I knew I needed to let people know this. Onto all the decor details!

I tied in the ombre (graduation of color) theme into the party in several areas. Three 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.

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.

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

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!

We had a pancake (and waffles too!) station, tons of toppings to add on plus fruit cups (shark fin toppers), granola bars, and muffins!”

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By |2017-04-18T16:15:24+00:00February 17th, 2012|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. Party Box Design February 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

    First off… my top baby name ever is Crew. Second… this is my fave party feature EVER!

  2. Karen February 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

    LOVE IT!! Just a question…the glass jars for the cereal and the milk/water, did you have them or did you rent them?

  3. Claudia February 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Love it all!! Adore the photo backdrop!!

  4. Maria February 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

    love everything about this!! the colors, all the creative sweets…those shark cake pops on a bed of fish crackers is precious & funny. Thanks for sharing, just lovely

  5. {amy k.} February 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    being in the event industry, i have seen plenty of parties… this is hands down one of my absolute favorites. ever!! i love that it is so adorable and the attention to detail is clearly evident, but nothing is over the top crazy. it is perfectly simple. the photo collage is one of my favorites! i love the idea of the cereal bar and pancake bar…. two thumbs up for this one, absolutely adore it!

  6. Mypartydesign February 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    This is the best party ever!
    I love that it’s a sunday brunch, with a pancake station and a cereal bar. Genius!

    The colours and the simplicity of the stationery are perfect for a 1 year old party. And that photo collage, wow!

    Great job Ashley!

  7. bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com February 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    All the hand-drawn details are SO adorable, but my favorite has got to be the kraft paper with the hand-painted waves.

  8. Janniffer February 18, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I have to hand it to you I absolutely love this b.day! My fav…

  9. tracycook February 18, 2012 at 8:21 am

    This is beyond brilliant!

  10. Party Planner February 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Great Party!!! Being in the occurrence market, i have seen a lot of parties… this is arms and fingers down one of my total preferred. ever!! i really like that it is so lovely and the interest to details is clearly obvious, but nothing is over the top mad. it is completely easy. the picture collection is one of my favorites! i really like the concept of the cereals bar and hot cake bar two thumbs up for this one, really like it! This is the best party ever know.

  11. Nina February 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Darling party! Loved the chocolate milk shots, pancake station and most of all the cereal bar!

  12. kristen February 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    i LOVE this party! where did you get the muslin bags & did you create a stamp or draw each one?

  13. Liz February 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    OK, I’m 25 and cereal is my favorite! Forget the kids, I sooo want to do this for my next birthday!

  14. carlievan bruggen February 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Hi! Love this party! Couple questions: where did you get those balloons? I love that they are spheres. Also, my favorite is the tables… painting on the butcher paper. But what is under the brown butcher paper? Just regualr table cloths? Thanks so much!!

  15. marissaa. February 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    so cute! What an adorable baby! I like all the ideas here! so great! :)

  16. JD March 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Is the ‘I’ll love you forever…’ from a book? I love this!

  17. Alicia Camacho Lawlor June 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I have to remember this. All the little details are perfectly awesome :)

  18. Heather - Chickabug August 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

    So cute! This party was so well done! My favorite part is the shark fin cake pop – so original! I featured them on my blog in a post about Shark Party ideas. They were so cute I had to share! : )

  19. Cacey January 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I love this. My little ones first birthday is in march and this is the theme we are going with. I love the breakfast food idea!

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