Ethan's Patriotic 1st Birthday Party!


This past Saturday, we celebrated Ethan's first birthday by throwing a backyard party at our house.  And though Ethan was {sadly} fighting a fever that day, we thought the party was a total success!  The weather was gorgeous, the company was fantastic, and the food was amazing.  What more could we ask for?  It was the perfect way to reflect on Ethan's first year and celebrate with family and friends.

Get ready for picture overload!


Naturally, we had to showcase Ethan's first year in photos!  The darling tassel garland is by Everylane and the cute sailboat stickers are from Minted.  We printed the Instagram photos from Printstagram and the quality is not only great, but they're super easy to upload and order online. 




I don't think I'll ever take the garland down!  ;)


At the front door we hung some paper lanterns from Pier 1 and I borrowed this cute wreath from my mother-in-law.


Back inside, my awesome photographer, Darcy of Artyard Photography, blew up our favorite photo of Ethan from his newborn shoot.  I plan to put his 3, 6 9 and 12 month photos on either side.  I just love it.  The star garland is from Shapes on a String and the anchor labels are from Harriet Ann Creative.  I got the pails from various stores and filled them with Animal Crackers {in the box of course}, patriotic sunglasses, bubbles, the cutest paper crown from Minted and lots of candy! 



Wilson wanted in on the crown action!  ;)


I made of the cakes for the occasion.  It was my first attempt at a layer cake and though it may not have been the prettiest...it was delish!  And still pretty cute too!


Here it is complete with the pinwheels.




And the inside! 


I also ordered a couple smaller cakes and these berry cupcakes.  The anchor and cupcake holders are from Target.



And here is the backdrop!  I had so much fun putting it together.  The banner is from Minted and the pinwheels are from Party City.






Homemade focaccia bread...yum!


I even made sure to special order the Izze drinks in blue and red for the kiddos!


Also, the gummy sharks and sweedish fish!  The little straw tags are from Minted as well! 



I'm bummed because I thought I got a better picture of the bar area, complete with the #1 that I made out of Instagram photos, but I'm sure you get the idea.


You can see a better picture here!  ;)


Last, I had to go for the red, white and blue goldfish!  

And here's the birthday boy!








Overall, it was a great birthday party!  The kids had a blast playing in the pool and sandbox...and the adults enjoyed being outside and taking it all in!

If I missed any details, feel free to ask in the comments below.  A special thanks to Harriet Ann Creative, Minted, and Shapes on a String for making Ethan's day extra festive and fun.

xo natasha

56 comments :

  1. Natasha you did awesome!! Ethan looks precious as ever! The backdrop is my favorite, it looks so good! Ethan is so lucky to have such a talented mama who put together such a memorable party for him! Glad he did okay with the party!

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  2. Wow! You did an incredible job! My little babe turns one on Friday and I feel so unprepared. You have inspired me to get my butt in gear :p

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  3. The party looks awesome... I love all the details! Sorry to hear Ethan wasn't feeling the best! I agree and love having the professional pictures enlarged and framed... I'm gonna need a bigger place just to display all his pictures throughout the years since I'll never want to take any down!

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  4. Great job mama!!! Came together so nicely and looks like blast. Hope E is feeling better now and I think we had some of our party decor (my IG banners) up for almost a month!!

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  5. Love every single detail and I love that you made it a patriotic birthday to tie in with July 4th! Ethan looks so happy and love your dress:) You might should be a party planner!

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  6. Wow Natasha you should be a planner! That party was gorgeous! I love all he styling and those banners are all so cute (and I love what you did with your instagram photos!)

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  7. Oh my goodness!!! What an awesome party, Natasha! The cake table and those photos in a 1 shape are just perfection. And what a cutie eating his smash cake. Happy birthday, Ethan!!!

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  8. AMAZING - everything looks so great! You did such a good job. Happy First Birthday, Ethan!!!!!! QQQ

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  9. His party looks perfect!!! You did a great job!

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  10. I love it! Everything is amazing. I love the party city pinwheels and am going there now to get them for the next 4th of july!!

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  11. Looks great and you did awesome on the cake!

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  12. Well done mama, you did an outstanding job - it all looks awesome! x

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  13. Oh Natasha you did such a great job! The cake came out amazing! I've never tried a layer cake so you are definitely steps ahead of me. I hope little Ethan has recovered from his fever!!

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  14. Oh my goodness!!! It's perfect! I LOVE every detail!!!! So bummed we couldn't make it but I'm glad Ethan had a fantastic party!

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  15. Looks like a wonderful party. I hope the birthday boy is fever free and feeling better by now:)

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  16. OMG it turned out so great!!!!!! Your cake turned out great too. My fave is the instagram 1 at your bar. That's fun and clever! I just posted my pics on the blog today of my little man's 1st birthday party too. All I can say is I'm so relieved the party is over. Those things take work! It's so nice you had it at your place though. I came up with a crazy idea to trek everything to a location!

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  17. Ahh! you did an amazing job Natasha. Ethan looks so stinkin cute in his chair and outfit :)

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  18. What an amazing 1st birthday party! And, he was obviously having a grand time!!

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  19. awwww everything turned out super adorable hun!!! Love every detail xoxo on a side note can't believe he is one!!

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  20. Super cute party...I didn't take down our birthday banner/pictures for at least 2 weeks after our daughter turned one...so sentimental:)

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  21. Looks awesome! And don't feel bad, I still have some of Hayden's party decor up because I just loved it too much :)

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  22. Aww, everything looks perfect Natasha! Happy first birthday to your baby boy!

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  23. Oh my goodness, everything for Ethan's party looks amazing!! I love love love all the details, you did an amazing job Natasha! Seriously, all the red white and blue stuff is so adorable and E looks so happy! That GIF of you guys at the bottom is precious :) Also, the cake you made looks awesome! I wish we could have been there!! Miss you guys already! xoxo

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  24. how cute!!! happy birthday Ethan!!!

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  25. Adorable party!! Cameron's was so similar...I can't wait to share details, too!! Great job, Mamma!! I'm sure everyone had a blast!! xo

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  26. Awesome party - everything looked perfect, great job!! :) Loved all the details. Thanks for sharing!!

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  27. Everything looks absolutely ADORABLE, such a great theme! Looks like so much fun and I totally still have Estella's monthly banner hanging on our fireplace since her birthday in May!!!

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  28. Amazing job, Natasha!! That boy is so lucky to have you as a Mommy!! Hope you all had a special day celebrating that sweet boy!! XOXO

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  29. Great job mama! The details were perfect! I totally know what you mean about the garland, Hudson's birthday garland has been hanging in his room since his party! :)

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  30. Looks like such a special and fun day! Love the last series of pics!

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  31. SOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!! :) you did a great job!!!

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  32. I LOVE everything about this and it makes me even sadder that I missed it!! Do you feel my pain on frosting the cake?! :) Happy Birthday Ethan!!

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  33. Awesome job Natasha! I know you worked so hard on it and it looks like it paid off! What sweet, sweet memories!

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  34. This is just the sweetest party!!! I'm especially in love with all the personal details of all the pictures, it's darling! And that is one happy little man, which is the best part <3

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  35. Job well done, mama!! It all looks so fantastic! And Happy Birthday to Ethan!! XOXO

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  36. Fun times!! You did such a great job! I love the "1" made of pictures, the cake looks awesome and Ethan looks so happy! Great job!

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  37. I love all the details! Your layer cake turned out beautifully!! What an awesome first birthday party!!

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  38. That looks great!!! I love the decor!

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  39. Oh my gosh, Natasha! What a cute party. I love all the details. Such a perfect theme for summer!

    Kari
    http://ryanandkari.com

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  40. What an amazing party! You did a fabulous job! I love the idea of the garland with the pictures!

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  41. Fantastic job! Such a great party! I love all of the details, especially the pinwheels on the cake!

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  42. this is truly epic! you did a great job!!!

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  43. Happy birthday E!!!!!!! Girl, you did such a great job with the party. Those mini pinwheels? The adorable IG "1" by the bar? I love it all! Super cute : )

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  44. I love all of this! My daughter turns one on Friday and we are also doing a red-white-and-blue birthday party. I love the lanterns on your front door! Also, the Izze drinks were a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing!!! You have given me a lot of last-minute ideas.
    Julie

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  45. LOVE it!!! You did such a great job! Everything looked amazing! This is making me excited (and sad) for Luke's 1st bday next month! We are also doing the red/navy/nautical theme! SO fun!!!!

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  46. Woohoo! Everything is so perfect for your little man! The "1" is darling and the colors are so fun! Great job, friend! Wish I could have made the party! xo

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  47. Ahhhhh! So so precious. That last photo that moves. How the heck? And so cute. I agree with Michaela, the "1" is such a sweet idea. Loved everything about it but most of all the smiles on your faces. Just so dear.

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  48. I love love love the pinwheels! Everything looks great! My little man turns 1 next week and I wanted to order some printstagram photos too but am not sure if its too late... Do they ship fast?

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    1. Hi Liz! Yes, they shipped out in a couple days for me, so you should more than have them by next week! ;)

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  49. What a lovely party! I love all your decor! Happy 1st Birthday to your little man!

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  50. You did such a great job pulling it all together! I cannot believe he is already one. Happy birthday Ethan!

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  51. Oh my goodness! What an amazing first birthday party! You really outdid yourself! Amazing! I love the red/white/blue theme and all the decorations! Ethan is just too cute for words. How is he possibly already one?

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  52. I love everything about this party! Two questions: how do you like your high chair? Is it easy to clean? Also, how did you make the moving picture?

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  53. His party turned out so cute! I love it all. Great job!!! I may just have to snag some of that star garland for the baby's nursery, its so cute! :)

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  54. What a great 1st birthday party! Sorry I'm checking in late from Modern Camelot, but glad I found your blog and your cutie boy Ethan!

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