Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lil Dude's 1st Birthday - Surf's Up

As promised..I begged Jennifer for photos of Lil Ryder's 1st Birthday..not only did she agree to share the photos but she agreed to be guest on the blog.. (our 1st guest blogger..YAY! Hopefully more to come soon!
Jennifer is a sweetie, she found Julian's Surf's Up party on Catch my Party and contacted me about making some birthday products for her lil dude. She is a fun loving mama who loves parties..I have a feeling this is just the beginning to many more great parties to come! She decided to keep the same color combo as Julian's and turg..She really did an AMAZING all her little details..

To get the party started right...a custom Knock Knock welcome wreath...I am always in awwe of all of Natalie's work... her wreaths are one of a kind.

Love the kids table, centerpieces, surf report and board pinata!

Banners, Favor tags, Food picks, Invitations and Food Labels were made by Tini. the favors..especially the most adorable Surf cookies..made by

The Sweetest Thing Cookies.

Cutest lil dude smash cake ever..but not as cute as the lil dude! Happy 1st Birthday Ryder!

Meet Jennifer McGee:

I am a wife and mom of 2 beautiful boys, Landon (4) and Ryder(1). I'm a Full-time Dental Hygienist. I really love what I do! I love to decorate and garden. I'm addicted to Zumba!! Im really getting into a lot more DIY projects and trying to be more crafty. In addition I have ALWAYS enjoyed party planning and adding cute unique details to make a party extra special! I've always said if I wasn't a Dental Hygienist I would love to do party planning. Many of my friends tell me I should do it on the side. I have considered it and who knows what the future has in store for me?!

I had so much fun planning little Ryder's first birthday party. I picked the theme in January and then took off with my ideas. My oldest son's birthday is in December so we always have to have his parties indoors. In fact last year at his 4th birthday party it snowed! I hoped if I had another child it would be in a spring or summer month just so we could have outdoor birthday parties, lol. I LOVE the outdoors and so do both of my boys! In the summertime we are rarely indoors. We love the sunshine!

Claudia was AMAZING to work with!!! I contacted her back in January and told her my son's first birthday was the end of April and I wanted to go with a Surf's Up theme. She did such a fabulous job on her son's fifth birthday party it gave me a ton of inspiration. After the first couple emails we shared, I knew she was going to be awesome to work with. I couldn't have been more pleased with the things she made for me. I loved it all, but my favorite has to be the custom 12 month banner she made for Ryder. It is Super Cute and I will keep it forever! We were blessed with Gorgeous weather the day of the party. The party was at 5:00. I was a actually running a little behind, but a couple of my best friends came early to help me get everything set up ( Thank Goodness!) It was an evening filled with close friends and family, great food, and some fun beach music to get everybody in the festive mood! The birthday boy definitely had a blast and was in a great mood for his party. I'm so glad I have all the wonderful pics to look back on and remember baby Ryder's Surf's Up 1st Birthday.

Vendor Credits:
Invitation, Banners, Favor tags, Food picks and labels: Tini Posh
Cupcakes: Cakes by Ju


  1. Aahhh! I'm dying over how CUTE that Lil dude is! This is a totally cute party. I love this collection Claudia and WOW, how awesome is Nat's Knock Knock??!?! LOVE IT!

  2. Woah! I loved the arrangement and decoration. I am a budding event planner and I love looking at such innovative blogs. I am only 17 and I want to be a successful event planner who designs the Chicago venues beautifully and this uniquely. Great work done here! Happy birthday to the cutie!

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