Wednesday, August 22, 2012

{My Parties} Aiden's Green Whale 1st Birthday Party

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I love when party themes are special to the people who are throwing them. 
When my client Leanne, whom I have worked with before, called me about doing her son's 1st birthday, she thought the idea of having a whale party was cute because her son, Aiden, has a lovey that is a green whale. 
My oldest son has a serious obsession with his lovey, so this idea made me smile. 

So, to start, I contacted Tyler at Lollipop Ink about customizing their whale party package with a green whale instead of a blue. They could not have been nicer to work with!
Leanne's brother in law has the ability to cut sheet metal into shapes and when they gave him a copy of the invitation, he made this adorable whale sign for the front yard! I loved it! So cute!
Lollipop Ink sent me some of the most adorable printable, including a large party circle. 
I took that, some crepe paper, and a large 12" cardboard cake board, which you can get at any craft store and made a door hanging for the party. 
In the foyer of the house, I made a little station for the guests to get their plates, napkins, and utensils. I found these adorable "preppy whale" supplies at Shindigz. 
While scanning the aisle at Target one day, I came across this adorable whale faucet cover and I knew I had to get it. I simply put some pipe cleaners in his spout and he made a cute addition to the table. Plus, they can use him afterwards!
Target dollar spot also, by some miracle, had these little whale baskets! Score!

I knew I wanted the have a big green whale on the backdrop, so I free handed this guy and cut him out of foamcore. Then, I painted him lime green to match the party. 

The adorable smash cake was made by Mad Lily Cakery, as well as the cupcakes and fondant toppers.  I always love working with Melanie. She is so sweet and talented. 
I used these wooden crates to build up a stand for the cake, as well has to hold the "blowholes" or doughnuts. 

And what whale party would be complete without the ubiquitous whale watermelon? You can find this tutorial all over Pinterest. 
For the cupcake stand, I knew I wanted something unique. So, I bought these wooden plaques at Hobby Lobby, along with some wooden candlesticks and glued them together into a cupcake stand using gorilla glue. Then I spraypainted the entire thing this beautiful Island Blue and topped the front with some wave scrapbook paper that I meticulously cut out with an Xacto knife. And yes, I totally painted that starfish. 
These acrylic containers are from Michaels. I am currently obsessed with acrylic anything. I simply wrapped them in ribbon and a cute printable. I also got the lighthouse there. It was white and I added some touches of color. 

This highchair kit also came from Shindigz. I am not usually one to use sets like this, but this was too perfect to pass up!
The bib is from SewJaneMade on Etsy. 

Apparently Aiden didn't really care too much about his cake. You mommies will know how it goes on those first birthdays when they are being passed around!

Aiden's Grandmother made this cute punch that looked like water and floated some green plastic whales in there!

For the favors, I contacted my favorite cookie girl at Whimsy Cookie Co. Laurie whipped up these adorable green whale cookies with an A for Aiden. 
Packaged in a cello bag and topped with Lollipop Ink's treat bag toppers, they were the perfect treat for the kids. 
I had this green wooden container leftover from my Loch Ness Monster party, and it was perfect for holding the cookies!
Happy birthday handsome guy!


Invitation and Printables: Lollipop Ink
Cake, Cupcakes, and Fondant Toppers: Mad Lily Cakery
Plates, Cups, Napkins : Shindigz - What Are You Celebrating

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  1. Ok, this is ADORABLE! I love the green whale idea! How creative! I also like how different the cupcake stand is! How fun!


  2. So freakin adorable!! Love your whale backdrop, you are super duper talented. Seriously. Every single detail is perfecto. BTW, going to steal your door sign idea, love it!!

  3. This is too damn cute!!! Can't believe you hand drew/cut that whale.... LOVE! Awesomeness as usual Brittany!

  4. I don't want to sound like everyone else, but I'm going to jump on the 'adorable' well as 'cuteness!' 'so sweet!' 'too cute!' and 'awww....' It turned out amazing! Alright, enough exclamations!

  5. So cute, Brittany! LOVE the colors and that cupcake tower you made is so stinking cute!

  6. SOOOOOOOO stinkin' cute! Love it. You rocked it as usual. xoxo

  7. What a cute party, love the whale watermelon.

  8. You have such a creative and resourceful eye for darling party props!

  9. OMG, I just LOVE this - so darn cute!! The colours are gorgeous, and I love how you've themed the food! (I like to do that too!)

    I would love to invite you to share this at my link party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog. Look forward to seeing you there! xoxo

  10. Absolutely adorable! I love the big Aidan sign and the watermelon. Visiting from Bird's Party. :)


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