Monday, February 13, 2012

Charlie’s 1st birthday: A {retro} day at the beach!

I showed you here, Charlie’s 1st birthday invite and a hint of what was to come.  We celebrated my baby’s party on the weekend with about 40 friends and family and had a great time. 

Of course I left everything until the last minute (which is why there have been no blog posts in the last 1.5 weeks!) but I got nearly everything I wanted to achieve.  Are you ready for a picture overload?

The sweet table original plan was to have 3D beach boxes as a background (like Brighton Beach) but I couldn’t achieve the look I was after, so ended up just going plain!party1I made the cake and Mum iced it.party7party28I looove these gorgeous glass containers, filled with blue heaven jelly with their personalised spoon.party2I based the food labels on the surf life saving flags.party3The lollipops were a hit with the kids and for something a bit different I propped them up in some thongs (flip flops).party27You can’t have a beach party without tacky cocktail umbrellas!party4party5Pearls:  AKA kool mints in oyster shells on brown sugar sand!party6Marshmallow ice-creamsparty25partyA cute little print I made up for the tableparty8I suppose I did need to do something healthy on the table and the fruit cups were it!party9party26The savoury table (side note:  I love my kitchen and it’s beautiful big bench….about 1.8m square).party16party17Thank god for pintrest!  I found the 2 below ideas on there…..the first is simply a baguette scooped out and filled with dip.  The other is fetta, tomato and basil drizzled in balsamic vinegar (I don’t eat tomato, but apparently they were delish!).party12party13It’s all in the details and I know no-one noticed, but the ice in the champers bucket was fish shaped!party11Glass labels.party14Personalised Charlie cups (yes, I told you I went overboard!)party15I decided to make a few signs to great out guests.  Ignore the fact that we still don’t have a front yard!party18party19I found this beach scene and knew it would go perfectly along our fence to add to the tropical theme!party21party20And you can’t go to the beach and not know the surf report!How cute is this sign?party22A few beautiful leaves for our coffee table in our Alfresco.party23And on our kitchen table, I simply filled our hurricane vases with shells.party10These 3 amazing women saved the day!  I couldn’t of finished of everything without the help of my beautiful Mum, my Grandma and my cousin Sarah.  They prepped the food, mopped, occupied the kids while I finished things, cut, sewed etc. etc. etc.!party24And here is the birthday boy with my Mum.  Don’t you love his singlet?  It’s from Rock Your Baby and co-incidentally, Hugh also wore a ‘Hanging with your Gnomies’ t-shirt for his birthday.  I hope whatever our #3 baby’s party theme is, they have one to match as well (not that #3 is on the horizon yet!). party29

And here’s the back of the singlet.party 29Cake time!  Look at those gorgeous baby blues!party30A quick 3/4 family shot (Hugh was still asleep).party32party33Ahh now he’s awake!

Did you notice his t-shirt?  Yep, Lifesaver on duty!party34And finally my bff’s!party31

It wasn’t as retro as I wanted originally, but I did love it all in the end and we had a ball!

9 comments:

inspir@lia said...

You did an awesome job - it looks amazing! And it looks like it would have been impossible for everyone NOT to have fun!

Dina @ Honey + Fitz said...

SUCH a cute party!!! You did an amazing job. Yay Mommy! Happy Birthday Charles.

tahlia @ the parenting files said...

gee... how amazing! everything looks so good! kicks my 1st birthday celebration decorations and all right out the window. For my munchkins 2nd birthday I aim to go the extra little mile. thanks for the inspiration :)

Kristie Hunt said...

What a great theme & gorgeous party - love all the little details! Very well done :)

Nicole | Chic Cheap Nursery said...

Great party Belinda!
Looks like everyone had a great time. Happy Belated Birthday Charles!

Merisa Rasmussen said...

This was very inspiring! Thank you! Happy birthday Charles.

Merisa Rasmussen said...

This was very inspiring! Thank you! Happy birthday Charles.

Merisa Rasmussen said...

This was very inspiring! Thank you! Happy birthday Charles.

Merisa Rasmussen said...

This was very inspiring! Thank you! Happy birthday Charles.

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