A DIY Birthday

I have full admiration for parents that go all out and throw elaborate first birthday parties for their little ones, mainly because Carl and I are not one of them.

For our son’s first birthday, we decided to keep things simple and invite all his cousins over for a swimming party afternoon. We ordered a bunch of wood-fire baked pizzas and country fries, made sure the beer and wine were chilled just right for the grownups, and let the kids (birthday boy included) spend tons of time in the water. All the parents reported that their little humans were wiped out when they got home — a sure sign of a successful event.

Here are a few things that went into his special day.


Fin’s godmother, Gabbi, put together these awesome giveaways. Organic hand wash & lemon scented inspect spray + mallows & munchies. Everyone loved how practical the items were. If you’re interested in custom ordering some for your events, you can check out Cling Homemade Fragrances’ Facebook page.

Diyparty3I wrote a post early last week about these little potted friends I made by recycling Ball jars from our wedding. Some of my guests happily took them home as souvenirs from the party. I hope they survive!

I didn’t quite know why I was so attracted to a whale theme for Fin’s first. It was only after a friend reminded me that very soon before he came into the world, we had gone on this gorgeous bush walk and while we were taking a stop on a cliff, we spotted a whale and her calf lazily swimming by.

DiypartyProbably the one thing I was willing to splurge on was the cake. I mean, what’s a birthday party without one, right? This cake was by Coco Cakes. It was a lemon cake with buttercream frosting. I love how Michelle Teves, cake-maker-extraordinaire, suggested we do a gradual layering of blue on the sides.

What did you do for your child’s first birthday? I’d love to hear about it in the comments box. 🙂