On July 6th, two days early, we celebrated Lucas’ 1st birthday with 50 of our closest family and friends. Luckily for us, my parents have a swimming pool in their backyard, so we didn’t have to worry much about renting a space and thinking about entertainment for the kids. It was a no-brainer! This also made picking a theme easy breezy. I decided to go with a beach theme, and saw it through every detail including his beach themed cake smash. More on that later 😉

I started with the loot “bags”, or in this case, beach pales. We filled them with a ton of goodies like bubbles, fish crackers, novelty beach balls, water guns and beach towels. My sister Melissa (of Mini Moments by Mel) customized each beach pale with the name of the children and a thank you tag.

For decor, I decided to utilize my mothers trellis by hanging beach balls. I hung about 14 beach balls, and threw more into the pool.

For my cake table, I borrowed a rustic wood backdrop from my friend, and affixed painted ‘ONE’ letters with double sided tape. I finished it off with a DIY balloon garland that cost me a mere $50 to make (a steal when you consider the $400 quotes I got). It wasn’t easy to hang, and I had to make it on site, but there was no way I was going to spend that kind of cash on balloons for a one year olds birthday party.

The desert is really what completed this table. I ordered a beach ball cake from The Cake Connection, and complemented it with pool themed confections by Kaidezi Kreations.

On the candy station table is where I featured photos of Lucas throughout the year. Melissa created the monthly photo banner, custom birthday hat and birthday board, while I displayed the beach cake smash photos taken by Michelle Lina. I laid out photos of Lucas in his birthday shirt that could be taken home by guests.

The one detail that I really loved was the photo booth Dom and I made. We used a blue sheet of fabric to create a “sky”, cut out clouds from white felt, and Melissa created a birthday banner to complete the look. We hung this near the pool and placed a small camping chair and inflatable pool in front of the sheet to create a fun photo op for the kids.

I stressed all week about rain, but it turned out to be the most beautiful sunny day. Unlike the day of his baptism, Lucas was in such a great mood. We played with friends and family in the pool, ate yummy food from Martins, cooled off with freezies, and enjoyed the most delicious desserts.

Thank you to all of our family and friends who helped us celebrate Lucas’ birthday. We love you guys more than you could ever know.