My son’s 1st birthday celebration

So I have a little story to tell you.  As you may have noticed from the last blog post, due to my kids getting sick over and over again during the past few months, we decided not to do a “party” for my son’s 1st birthday and we decided on cutting a cake for him when he felt better instead.  It would have been for just us 4 and his grandparents.  This past weekend my son was feeling much better so we figured this past Sunday would be a good day to finally cut him a cake (he had been officially one year for almost a month now)!  On the night before, around 10 pm, I decided to print a cake topper for him….then I decided to print bunting ….then one thing led to another, I printed like 15 pages of the Printable Jungle Party Kit, yada yada yada, it was 5 am and I had a whole cute set up done!

I didn’t have time for a “dessert table” as we have been all used to seeing and it shouldn’t always be about making one.  Don’t get me wrong I LOVE me some cute dessert tables.  But it can be very unrealistic to create one for every single get together you may have.  I think it’s nice to work with what you have, some times.  So aside from the basic sweets I added items for my 2 kids, the silverware and some monkey plates :)  I  must say…since this was very last minute I could only work with what I already had around the house anyways and you know what????  I had very little stress since all the items of the table were already there for me–I had no choice but to use what I had.  It was all about making a pretty table for my 2 kids who I ADORE.

So in keeping this post real, let’s talk about what was on the table.  I had the jungle coloring sheet backdrop printed weeks ago, as I test them before putting them on sale–so I was lucky to have it handy.  My husband had bought a small ice ream cake from Coldstone the night before.   And we also bought some cupcakes just because…..well…… cupcakes + ice cream = yum!  The next day, we got 1.5 ounce hershey bars from Walgreens–one for each one of us.  That orange package  on the right were coloring books for  my kids. And we had some animal crackers laying around so I filled only one of the train boxes with them.  But I always line paper/ printed paper with wax paper, etc…for these train boxes I used coffee filters.   My mom made the cute hats on that Sunday.  Are they not the cutest!  I told her I loved craft paper mixed with fiery colors like the yummy colors in the color spectrum between yellow and orange and she worked her magic.  And let me just say that none of this could have been possible without printables !!!   How awesome was it to decide last minute to need decorations for anything and be able to print and make them in the wee hours of the night!?

I hope you enjoy these photos of our humble get together.  I really do hope they inspire you to always remember that you can create a pretty scenery for anything wether it is huge party or a small get together.

Oh but WAIT!  There’s more!  I have a small surprise for you.  It is kind of embarrassing as the quality is awful.  To keep me motivated that Saturday night and since I was working so fast, I thought if I took photos of the progress I was making on the table it would end up being a neat piece as  animated slides.  OF COURSE it would have been nice if I had a working tripod at the time but I did not.  And I am only showing it to you because it does tell a story.  See it below.

If you want to recreate something similar to this, I have the printable jungle party kit in the shop and I will add the extra items that I made for this celebration into it in the coming days.  You can find the kit as it currently stands in the shop HERE.  The coloring sheet backdrop can be found HERE.
Interesting fact–I put this party kit on sale right about the time I was having my contractions a year ago.  I remember uploading the photos of the kit to the Etsy shop and I was “feeling funny”.  9 hours later my son was born and he had a party kit already designed for his first birthday :)


  1. Anonymous said:
    June 27, 2012 3:42 am   Reply 

    Está hermosa toda la decoración y sobre todo que la hiciste con mucho amor :)

  2. Fara said:
    June 27, 2012 3:45 am   Reply 

    Para que sepas! Por ESTO ES QUE TE ADMIRO TANTO!
    You really are SOMETHING! TE quedó hermoso! Sencillo, pero con buen gusto y perfectamente presentado! Me encantó lo de los coffee filters!

    Happy Birthday to your baby! You are really a SUper MOM!

    tu amiga,


  3. June 27, 2012 3:50 am   Reply 

    Omg the sideshow just made me smile – you took a photo between each letter on the chalkboard!! Absolutely precious and I know it was all out of love for your son. I know exactly what you mean, and feel! xoxo!!!!!

  4. June 27, 2012 5:22 am   Reply 

    This party done out of love for your son is the most awesomest party!! Love love love.

  5. June 27, 2012 12:31 pm   Reply 

    ADORABLE!!! I also love the coffee filter lining. How it gives that ruffled look peeking out from the edge of the trains/cups. Gives it a more special touch. Thanks for sharing. Happy Birthday little guy!!!

  6. June 27, 2012 2:34 pm   Reply 

    Super Cute and Mommy Creative- the best kind of all!

  7. June 27, 2012 3:35 pm   Reply 

    Awww, that's so cute!! So funny the way you started out with only the cake, then printed everything out all night…haha, sounds like the kind of thing I would do, too! I guess that's what mom's do! It turned out great! And you are so right, we don't need to go crazy with every party…sometimes something more simple is just perfect for the kids…and they love it and remember it!! Great job, and thanks for posting, it was a joy to see (photos and video, so cute!) So well done :)

  8. Tini Posh said:
    June 27, 2012 6:29 pm   Reply 

    Love, love, love!! Everything you do is soooo darn cute!

  9. Frances said:
    October 9, 2012 11:05 pm   Reply 

    What I liked the most from these birthday party ideas you’ve made for your son is the central “zoo” theme to it!

  10. dulce maria said:
    October 14, 2012 5:56 pm   Reply 

    Esto esta re padre , que bien

  11. February 9, 2013 6:11 pm   Reply 

    WOW. This is sensational- what a lucky little boy!

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