My friend Kia threw her son a first birthday party a few weeks back.  The party was decked out with all sorts of details and DIY projects.  As co-owner of Baker’s Bliss she also made all her own cupcakes for the party!  Party details as told by Kia…

For my son’s 1st Birthday I wanted to do something different and something fun.  Hopefully, along the lines of cost effective as well.  I looked through a variety of themes of things to do and most of them felt too kiddy.  As every parent knows the first birthday party is more for the adults than the kids and so I wanted a fun theme that all ages could enjoy.   I searched the internet high and low and ultimately fell in love with the posts I had seen from different moms who had decided on the “one year in a flash” theme.

I didn’t have a lot of time to put the party together being a full time mom of 2 plus my full time job left me with not that much time to put the grandiose party on that I wanted too.  However, my bestie and business partner Rebecca was in town to save the day.   And so began the party planning….

First, I made a list of what I wanted to do.  It was hard to come up with this list because I really wanted to do all the ideas I had seen on the internet.  They ranged from photo booths and custom chalkboards to custom banners and cupcake stands.  All of which I thought was ridiculously creative and cute, but I had to be realistic.  I really had about 3 days and unlike most of the other party planners I had intended on making my own cupcakes because that’s just what I do!  So these are the things I decided I was going to do for the party.


  • Custom Banner (What better way to say you are 1 then a year of pictures to remind you)
  • Custom Cupcake Toppers
  • High Chair Banner
  • Balloon Display
  • Photo Booth
  • Custom Thank you Cards
  • Custom Water Bottles


  • Dessert Table complete with custom chocolate covered Oreos in the theme colors and “camera” sugar cookies.
  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream
  • Vanilla Bean cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream
  • Pigs in a blanket for the kids
  • Veggie Tray
  • Fried Chicken
  • Queso Dip
  • Chips

This all seemed pretty overwhelming so I ended up ditching the Photo Booth.  I simply just didn’t have the time or the energy given the list of other things that had to get accomplished.

For the Banner, Thank You Cards and Cake Toppers I needed photos!  It was already Wednesday and the party was Saturday so I had to come up with the photo digging through all my digital memorabilia over the last year and get them printed and ready really by Thursday.  CVS photo online to the rescue!  I uploaded the pictures and picked them up at the CVS down the street from me the next morning and it was only .19 cents a picture!   This really came out very cost effective since in addition to the 12 pictures I needed 24 cupcake toppers and 20 thank you cards.

Here’s how the banner came out:

Here are the Thank You Cards:

And the Cupcake Toppers:

Here’s how the dessert table turned out:

You can see my nice balloon display courtesy of Party City.

Admittedly, most of the food items I purchased them from the local super market.  The Fried Chicken was purchased the hubby and then he made the veggie tray and queso dip.  I made the pigs in a blanket and here is what the food table looked like.  The table display was done by my friend Monique!

The chocolate covered Oreos were a big hit and proudly displayed on the right and the custom water bottles on the left.  After all the work it all turned out great.  We all had an amazing time.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and the ideas.  It was a great party!

Check out the Baker’s Bliss website or like them on Facebook.  Thank you Kia for stopping by and sharing your party tidbits with us!!

Happy Party Planning!

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9 Thoughts on “One Year in a Flash – Birthday Party

  1. I should have also added table set up was done by Monique.

  2. Hilary Dobbins on January 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM said:

    Kia, I think you did a wonderful job on the decorations and the food. (Especially the cupcakes) I liked the idea with the water bottles as well. And of course Caleb is adorable!!!

  3. Jo Silver on January 23, 2013 at 4:03 PM said:

    What better way to say Happy Birthday, then all the pictures! He is so adorable! I love the banner with all the photos! Looks like team work really pulled this party off! Even dad helped with the food, and my mouth is watering just thinking about those cupcakes!! Yum! I’m sure Caleb felt like a prince on his first birthday. I will definitely be borrowing some of your ideas!

  4. Melina on January 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM said:

    The banner of Caleb’s pictures was adorable and a great way to showcase his growth over the year. Very creative. Way to go. Can’t wait to see what you do for his next birthday.

  5. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! I hope this helps anyone plan their child’s first birthday as well. It was big fun!

  6. Kate Brennan on February 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM said:

    Good god woman, a full time job and two sons and you managed to pull off all of that in three days?!?!?! Ah-mazing! Baker’s Bliss, awesome site. I would like to hire you to do my son’s 1st birthday. Let me talk to the hubby and we’ll go through some ideas for themes and contact you then.

  7. You did a FABULOUS job!!! Assuming you took many pics so Caleb will have them to remember his very first birthday. GREAT job, I’m sure all had a lovely time!

  8. good job, ms mom everything looks great, i am sure Caleb enjoyed his special day

  9. As usual, everything was done to perfection. I love the enthusiam & joy in which you approach life . . .
    Love ya!

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