I honestly still can’t believe I am sharing Everett’s first birthday, this last year went by waaaaaay too fast! For Everett’s first birthday we wanted to keep it similar in style to Hazel’s first, just lots of family and friends, some snacks and just celebrating his first year. When we all went as super hero’s for Halloween (you can see it here) I thought to myself, this would be the perfect theme for his first birthday. Well fast forward several months and I was on the fence with that idea and then one day it hit me. While I was changing his diaper I glanced over at his shelf and the little red VW van with the surf board on top that his cousins brought back from Hawaii was staring back at me and that’s when the light bulb went off. How fun would a VW themed first birthday be? After all my husband is a huge VW fan, so it only seemed natural. From there the ideas just started to roll into my head.
One thing I knew I wanted was a Photo Booth. We had done one at Hazels first birthday and it was a great way to capture all of the guests that attended the party. We had also kept the beach backdrop from her party so it only seemed fitting that we incorporate it somehow into our theme. From there the Surf’s Up theme was born and the wheels were set in motion.
I told Ev my idea of the Photo Booth and he was onboard right away. I was thinking we would just grab a giant cardboard box, cut and paint it into the shape of the VW van and people could just hold it up in front of the backdrop. Well, he had a better plan so I left the photo booth in his hands. He also made the backdrop so the whole thing was kind of his “baby”, if you will. Needless to say the photo booth turned out a m a z i n g. Our guests couldn’t get over it!
The rest of the party was kept fairly simple. We were hosting it at Highstreets Community room again. This gave us plenty of space for the kids to run wild and left us with little clean up. I had my friend Stacey of Leo Jude Co create some invites for me, which I emailed out to our guests.
For food we ordered pizzas and sushi from the restaurants at the shopping centre and the desserts were all made by us, sugar cookies, cupcakes and a cake. The cookies were definitely time consuming and probably the most intricate ones I’ve made yet! I think we had the most fun making the cake. I left Evan in charge of the icing and just told him to make it look like the ocean. From there I crushed up graham crackers for the sand on top. I had ordered a little diecast VW Van for the top of the cake which is now in is room.
We kept everything in the same colour, a pacific blue, as I had plenty of that shade of cardstock and it went perfectly with our surfer theme. I used my Cricut to cut out the little van banner on the highchair, the Surfs Up Everett’s One banner, and the cupcake toppers. I was beyond excited when I found that the van image was available on my Cricut. It was like it was meant to be! I also used the Cricut to cut out the palm trees and surf board for the cake.
Over all we had a great time celebrating Everett’s first year with our friends and family. I love hosting our parties at the community room, as there is very little to worry about and you can spend more time with your guests. I think my favourite part of the party was the fact that he was able to just wander around and mingle with all of his guests. His sister did the same and its just the cutest thing to watch. That and his little chiclet smile in the van (see below). Now I just need to edit all our photo booth pictures and send them off to our guests.