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Luke’s Baseball Theme Birthday Party

This past weekend we celebrated my son’s first birthday (he’s actually born on Valentine’s Day!) and our family is very much into different types of sports but as a family, we are a baseball family. My husband actually got to know each other through playing softball together, so I thought it would be fun for us to throw our son a baseball themed birthday party. We rented a building at a park nearby and gathered up all our friends and immediate family (my extended family is humongo so we had a Red Egg party with them earlier on).

I love designing invites for parties and such and initially I was thinking of going for the vintage looking ticket type but I realized, this is going to be a kids party and it’s going to be fun and whimsical so I decided to draw my son atop a giant hot dog. What could be better than that?? We also told all the guests to come dressed in their favorite team jersey.

We had a fun little concession dessert table full of goodies like Cracker Jacks, popcorn, peanuts, Babe Ruth candy bars, cakepops and more. I’m baking-challenged so I enlisted my Jolie partner in crime to bake a cake. I figure, this is a big deal, my son turning one so I wanted to take on the challenge of baking and decorating my own cake. We did a three layer vanilla cakeĀ  frosted with buttercream ruffle frosting. I’ve been seeing these ruffle cakes all over the interwebs and thought they were awesome. I ended up finding a great tutorial on YouTube by the delicious Sweet and Saucy shop. Through their tutorial, we were able to accomplish at least what looked like a ruffle cake! I topped it off with a painted peg doll and mini wooden baseball bat. Lastly, what would any ruffle cake be without washi tape bunting! Coincidentally, we also made the the cake in the colors of JolieJolie–coral and seafoam teal.

Since it was a baseball themed party, we just had to have a hot dog cart just like at the ballpark. We hired Quick Dog who offered a variety of toppings including chili, cheese and BACON! We also had other food for the non dog eaters. To quench thirst, we got some big ol’ kegs of Virgil’s micro brewed root beer. If you didn’t know, they sell them in kegs at BevMo! Utensils were tied up with quotes from famous baseball players. My favorite, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives” by Jackie Robinson.

Since the party was in February, my fear was that it would rain or be too cold to play in the nearby playground so I had to come up with some indoor activities. I designed some baseball card templates for the kids to create their own baseball card and also had some wooden peg dolls for guests to paint their own little athletes. Check out little Seiya painted by Michelle of Pitter Patter.

I can’t believe my little boy is one! Time flies by so quickly. I know he may not remember this day but hopefully one day he can look back and see how much his mama loves him through this party.
Thanks to Christine, Christina, Isabel, Lisa and everyone else who helped put this party into motion!

Birthday Teaser!

A photo teaser from my little boy’s first birthday party! He turns one on Valentine’s day!!

baseball themed birthday party

Holiday Charlie Brown Party

Yes, I know the holidays are over but I couldn’t help but share this adorable Peanuts themed birthday party found on Catch My Party.

charlie brown themed birthday party

charlie brown themed birthday party

charlie brown themed birthday party

Woodstock’s wing bar!

charlie brown themed birthday party

Peanuts comics paper chains as decor
charlie brown themed birthday party

charlie brown themed birthday party

Preston’s ‘Toad’ally Hoppin’ 1st Birthday

I have a toad’ally awesome kid’s birthday party to share with you! A friend from high school, Kristen, threw a fabulous first birthday party for her son Preston and was grateful enough to share with us all the wonderful details of the day. A lot of the desserts and decorations Kristen did herself! I loved how they came out with the theme because really it was very personal and apparently very Preston.

“Inspiration for theme: Preston’s love for a little frog on his Jumperoo at 4 months old inspired me to do something magical with this bond. Preston would coo, talk and drool all over the plastic frog for hours. No matter which way we would spin the jumperoo seat, he ALWAYS went back to Mr. Frog. This love sparked the idea for a fun, colorful, and classy birthday party. Much thought went into the fact that most party guests would be adults. With a fun and simple theme, I just let my creative juices flow. This was my first party, and I can’t wait to upstage it next year. The ideas are already brewing! Others who helped tremendously: My Mother, Maureen helped with baking and decorating. I also have to thank my fabulous husband, Brett, for going along with my ideas, no matter how crazy and over-the-top they were.”

A cute humongo toad greets you at the door. You know this is going to be a good party.

green frog party theme
toad welcome sign
streamers bunting
I love these little pails that people get to fill up with delicious treats. Get ready for the awesome dessert table!

party pails
green candy snacks
green dessert table
Look at all those yummy desserts!

green oreo cookies

“Pond water” and JellyBelly drinks for the kids

Drinks for the adults

Their playroom is so awesome!

The beautiful mommy.
Best mommy ever! She let this little guy go to town on his own birthday cake. I love his matching onesie.

Complementary thank you cards.

Kristen, I hope you do continue to throw more wonderful parties in the future!
Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

Logo Design (Tad, the Frog): Design Moose Creative Group
Stationery Design: Kristen
Party Printables Design: Kristen
Frog Cake & Cupcakes: Cakes By Teresa, Fort Collins, CO
Frog Sugar Cookies: Etsy: CookieMamas
Muddy Krispies, Layered Jello Shooters, Drizzled Oreos: Me & My Mom, Maureen

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