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Birthday Bash - Take One!

Sunday's Big Birthday Bash went off without a hitch. We had 22 family members come together at my house to celebrate my little boy's first birthday. I took so many pictures that I am going to have to divide my posts up into separate categories. Today I will focus on the birthday decor (since it is in most every picture) and tomorrow I will post the pictures of the festivities (including lots of pictures of the birthday boy)!

First off, here's a sneaky peak of my little one year old. He was so excited to be turning one that anytime we said "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" or asked him how old he was, he would shoot that 1 finger up in the air! So presh!


As you can see on Levi's little outfit, the theme of his birthday was Little Red Wagons. The inspiration came from his Poppy (Husby's Dad), who has been working for months on building Levi a red wagon for his first birthday (pictures of that coming tomorrow). When thinking up theme ideas for his big day, I just couldn't help myself - red wagons were the way to go!

When guests approached my front door, two little wagons filled with flowers were there to greet them!


The entry way was full of fresh flowers as well.


A look into the living room!


I had two banners hanging up in the living room. A big "Happy Birthday" hanging from the giant arch and a cute little "Levi" on the fireplace.



He opened his gifts in front of the fireplace, so it was a festive little place to be!

Next stop in the living room was the Favor Table.


We had three rows of the cutest little bitty red wagons filled with retro type candy on this table. Each guest got to take one home with them.


Inside the wagon were candies that were famous when red wagons were in their prime! Cracker Jacks, Hershey Bar, Chuckles, Boston Baked Beans, Sugar Babies, Bit-o-Honey and Clove gum.









(This one was taken before the cookies and popcorn were in their place, but it was a good one of the candy buffet.)


The table scape was so much fun to plan. I found a lot of the glass jars for the candy buffet at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, and I also had a few already. We filled them with red and aqua candy (the colors of the party). We had Hot Tamales, M&M's, Rock candy, Sixlets, Twizzlers, Jelly Beans and Cherry Sours. I had buckets for everyone to fill with candy and take home with them.



My absolute FAVORITE part of the table was this:


Radio Flyer wagons filled with Jones Soda. And do you notice who is on this soda pop? ....



So. Much. FUN!


A local bakery made his wagon cake and his smash cake.


It just turned out so cute!


We ordered a wagon cookie cutter online and had a lady from my hometown make them. She said they were SO hard to work with because of the handle. We ordered about 40 cookies and by the time the party rolled around over half of them had the handles broken off. But they were just so darn cute!


We had a plethora of food including a fruit tray, vegetable tray, 3 kinds of chips with 3 kinds of dips, cheese ball and crackers, hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, popcorn, cookies, cake and ice cream. These are the only pictures of the food I ended up getting.



Some little details...





It was a fantastic day and I can't wait to show you the rest of the pictures. I hope you enjoyed seeing the decor! And a BIG THANK YOU goes out to my Momma Dearest who helped me soooo much to prepare for this party. From endless shopping days, last minute orders, financial help a lot of it and staying til the last minute to make sure every crumb was swept up and every dish was in it's place. I don't know what I would do without my jewel of a Mom. She's simply the best - my right hand (wo)man.

Yay Birthdays!!

More soon ...
I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. Ok... not only are the decorations and the theme totally classy and awesome, but your house is AMAZING! So sophisticated! Looks like an awesome party :)

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  2. Aww, so cute - I LOVE the red and blue color scheme :) I can't believe your baby is a year old!!

  3. THIS is the MOST amazing PARTY i have EVER seen!!!

    YOU inspire greatness!!! I will be referring back when Liam turns one!

    :) can't wait to see the next set of photos!

  4. How will you ever top this for Two? You set the bar very high!

    Right now I am struggling with my desire to plan a huge party or to go simple and low key so as to teach my son that he is not the prince of the world, even though he is one and that is really a nice thing. Does that make sense?

  5. Everything looks AMAZING! Great job to all. I can't wait to see the rest :)

  6. Wow! You are a fantastic party planner and an inspiration to us all! Happy 1st Birthday to Levi!

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  8. Wonderful...what an amazing party. You have such an eye for detail.

    Many happy returns to the Birthday Boy and congratulations to you on an exemplary first year of motherhood. I have no doubt that one day Levi (and your future children) will be saying all the nice things about you that you say about your own lovely mother. You are such a lovely family!

  9. LOVE these party decorations! That looks amazing!

  10. That is amazing. Levi is one lucky little guy to have a momma like you!!

  11. Very cute, my son's first and second birthday were much more simple. Even so, it was still very expensive.

  12. Cute theme! Love the colors too. Can't wait to see pictures of Levi opening gifts and smashing his cake!

  13. This is fantastic, I love it all, but how did you do the drinks labels with Levi on and the labels for the buckets, they are amazing. I'm not sure you can get anything like that here. Can't wait to see the rest of the piccies.

  14. What a clever theme - you brought it to life so, so well!! The Jones labels are the cutest!!!

  15. Wow, I'll hire you to plan my parties anyday!

  16. Wow, so cute! I wish I had it in me to create parties like that. Maybe some day :)

  17. I know you've got a million things to post about the birthday, but can you PLEASE tell me where you got some of the personalized stuff?? where on earth did you get those pop bottles??

  18. You are incredible - that looks so beautiful and fun and whimsical. You (and your mom!) should be event planners. Love all the details!

  19. What a beautiful job!!! I am a big fan of theme parties! You should totally submit it to ohdeedoh's "my party"! Here is the link:

  20. Everything turned out perfect! I love the colors and the theme! You have such a talent for parties!

  21. What a great party theme! I am not a huge fan of character parties, so I love that you had a simple theme and carried it through with coordinating decor. Can you post where you got your custom decor (signs, balloons, favors, etc...)?

  22. That is so impressive!! I love love love the colors and your theme!! Would you like to adopt two cute little girls? They deserve awesome parties like this!!

  23. What adorable decor...Levi is a lucky little boy.

  24. Wow, amazing party! But for a 1 year old? I'm assuming this was more of a celebration of his life with you and your adult friends. Good for you! Great idea :)

  25. SO CUTE! So many fun little details, you are great at throwing parties!

  26. OMG again AMAZING! that deco is gorgeous! I LOVE IT!

  27. btw- I'm totally jealous and wish we had done something fun like this for our little one's first birthday last week!

  28. Love, love, love it! So darn cute! Where did you find the red and white striped tablecloth, the popcorn boxes and hot dog trays? I am hosting a Vintage Circus baby shower this summer and those would be so perfect.

    You really did such a great job. Everything looks awesome :o)

  29. Amazing! I loved the theme and colors. how cute! And how awesome that you got his picture put on the soda bottles! (o: Looks like a super fun party!

  30. Levi's party looks soooo amazing!! You are so talented with decorating and party planning. I can't wait to see more.

    ps. Any time you want to decorate my house, you're more than welcome to!

  31. Oh. my. goodness. I am in awe of your amazing party-planning abilities! You need to have more parties, so I can learn more from you! I have no idea how your brain comes up with all of these amazing ideas!

    I would also like to know where you got the signs if you get a chance. :)

  32. Wow! What an amazing party you put together, and what an adorable son!

  33. this is a fabulous looking party!! LOVE it! :)

  34. Wow you definitely don't fool around when it comes to birthdays. That looks amazing. I want someone to have a birthday so I can do something like that haha.

    I was also amazed by how great you living room is.

  35. I love your decorating style - both for the party and your house! Looks incredible!!!

  36. You definitely inherited your mother's superb party throwing abilities! Happy Birthday Levi!

  37. Yes, I ditto several other posters.. please do share where you got some of those things!

  38. You have done a wonderful job in the decorations..totally love it..happy b day Levi !!

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  40. That's amazing! It seems like you thought of EVERY.SINGLE.THING. I only wish I had that kind of talent!

  41. Thanks for all the great info! I just have one question: how do you order from Rice Designs? I went through most of her blog, but never saw a place to place orders.

    Thank you!!

  42. Where did you get Levi's bib and hat? I love it, and I'd love to have a similar one for W's birthday! :)

  43. Nevermind...I just read your later post! :)


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