My youngest son was born around Christmas time. That means that in addition to planning for our first Christmas since our recent move, I had to plan for his first birthday party as well. The older son’s first birthday was so much fun that I wanted to make sure that this one was special too. We were also excited to have a birthday party where family would be able to attend!
After much searching and much time spent looking at pictures and themes of other birthday parties, I decided on the theme of turtles. It was simple enough, but at the same time I found a color scheme that would be fitting of a boy’s first birthday.
Turtle Birthday Cake/Cupcake Tower
The cupcakes were key lime flavored and topped with a cream cheese frosting. (Look under the recipes/baking tab for the complete recipe…coming soon!) The cake was a white cake, with which I divided half of the batter and colored it blue (then left the other half white). After that I dropped the batter in large spoon-fulls, alternating colors, to create a “drop cake“. It was very easy and made the cake very colorful. I matched the fondant color with the cake by using, Charm Cakes’ neon food dye. (They have great products that do a fantastic job! I got them at Michael’s.) The turtle cake toppers, party hats, and plates I ordered through Birthday in a Box. (They have great supplies for a reasonable price.)
The decorations I made above the table were tissue paper pom-poms and paper cut-out streamers. Be watching for the how-to’s, as both will be linked to the Party Ideas page soon with directions.
Party Favors were mainly for adults, as the party was mostly family and close friends. The clear polka-dot favor boxes were from The Container Store and filled with Easy & Quick Homemade Chocolate Turtle Candies.
Our little 1 year old needed help from his brother and dad to blow out the candle!
One of my favorite pictures from his birthday; our little guy feeding his Uncle. He wanted to share with anyone and everyone who would come close enough for him to stick cake and his ENTIRE hand in their mouth!