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FUN & Colorful Backyard First Birthday!

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Chalkboard Dinner Menu

With bright colors & lots of style, mommy Erin Wakeman, created this super FUN & Colorful Backyard First Birthday for her sweet little Zoey! Balloons and charming bunting transformed the yard, guests enjoyed a lovely dinner buffet (+ a gourmet s’mores bar!) and how could I not mention Zoey’s adorable handmade party dress from Vivi’s Jewels!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Coral High Chair + Smash Cake with Colorful Balloon Topper
  • Red Gingham Fry Cones, Pretty Berry Cups and Rainbow Bambo Utensils
  • Gourmet S’mores Bar, Wheelbarrow Soda Station and Take Out Box Dinners
  • Framed & Handwritten Chalkboard Party Sign

Party Food in Gable Boxes

Coral High Chair

Colorful Backyard Birthday

Patterned Berry Cups

Cute Birthday Girl Dress

Flavored Water

S'More Bar

Colorful Backyard First Birthday

Wheelbarrow Drink Station


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Erin

When the time comes for your first baby’s first birthday, you pull out all the stops! I wanted to give Zoey a birthday party that felt like a big celebration of her sweet and colorful personality while capturing the essence of a perfect end of the summer backyard BBQ.

We filled the trees with balloons, banners and pennant buntings creating a backdrop of bright and bold colors. Guests filled up take out boxes (boxes from Shop Sweet Lulu / liners from Pink Lemonade Party) with gourmet sliders, homestyle french fries in paper cones (fort&field), berry cups filled with local produce (Shop Sweet Lulu), and coleslaw in berry baskets (Shop Sweet Lulu). Local handmade barbecue sauce (Trilby’s) was offered in condiment cups and flavored water (strawberries, lemons, cucumbers and mint) filled mason jars with striped paper straws (A Charming Pretty Party). Glass bottles of soda and locally brewed beers were served on ice in a vintage wheelbarrow next to a rustic bottle opening stand (bottle opener from 2 Country Chics).

The birthday girl smashed a special anniversary cake topper from her baby shower made by her aunt Kate Reed. The guest enjoyed a s’more bar stocked with many varieties of chocolates and graham crackers, roasting marshmallows and sharing laughs around a fire late into the summer night.

Zoey’s birthday outfit was a work of love put together by three of my most favorite women. Both Zoey’s custom headband matching her dress and her Gatsby cake smash headband were created by Chelsea of Jameson Monroe. Her Gretel Jumper was custom designed and handmade by the incredibly talented Lauren of Vivi’s Jewels. And her moccasins were perfectly designed by the amazing Susan of Freshly Picked.

The party was a fantastic combination of friends and family enjoying and celebrating the first year of my sweet one year old’s life. Such a special day made all the more sweet by the many details offered from our amazing vendors and captured in gorgeous photo by Becca Rich of Lady & Gent Photography.

Vendor Credit
By |2018-07-11T16:08:09+00:00September 30th, 2013|First Birthday, Outdoor Parties|

About the Author:

Hi there! I’m Jacque and I am a graphic designer here at Hostess with the Mostess! I graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in graphic design. I feel pretty lucky to be putting that degree to good use designing fun party printables for your special occasions! I’m really excited to be part of the {wonderful} team here, where I get to be a part of so many happy celebrations.

Random things you don’t really need to know about me:

– I love, love, love animals {cats, always and forever}. The fluffier the better.

– I’m a sucker for inanimate objects with adorable smiley faces.

– I go to midnight movie premieres way too often {even the awful ones}. No regrets!

– My absolute favorite time of year is Comic Con week. It’s like Christmas time, but better.


  1. Party Box Design September 30, 2013 at 9:55 am

    oh my gosh, i just love this party!!! what a great concept and the photos rock!

  2. @HWTM_Jenn September 30, 2013 at 10:04 am
  3. @Wedding_Agent September 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

    FUN & Colorful Backyard First Birthday! http://t.co/QHINGUWYm4 #weddings

  4. Stephanie Eversfield April 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I love this party! I'm considering doing something similar for my son's 1st birthday. Would love to be able to ask some questions about a few of the details of the party.

  5. Kristina May 27, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I know this is a long shot but where did you find the sodas in glass bottles? Just love this whole party and can’t wait to incorporate your ideas for my daughter’s 1st!

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