Giraffe Inspired 1st Birthday

Ok, It’s finally time. You get to see all the details of Baby Girl Barker’s birthday party. I figured I’d post this now because normally I would be starting on The Little Man’s party showcase. But due to unfortunate circumstances, we were at a funeral on his birthday and had to postpone his party.
So here’s the fun details from our Giraffe Themed First Birthday Party!

Being a first birthday, I knew I had to focus on food (as does everything with our family) and then minimum and simple activities for the Littles that were attending. Because lets face it, their attention span is worse than the “Up” Dog, and they already put everything possible into their mouths!

Birthday Table

I loved the “mini” theme to the food table. Small and accessible was the goal, and with the Littles grabbing more every few minutes, I think I accomplished what I wanted.

food collage

We had bright pink cheesecake in baby food jars, peanut butter rice crispy pops, mini doughnuts, and finger candies like taffy and peach rings.


To drink I made lemonade as the base; I pureed both raspberries and peaches and mixed each with a simple syrup. These became our flavorings that we would then mix into our lemonade. Using mason jars for our cups, we wrapped them in a coordinating bakers twine to dress them up.


Because we had so many treats, I did not serve cake and ice cream. Instead we just had one smash cake for her to dive into. But when it came time, all she did was eat the frosting from the outside! I probably could have re-frosted it and served it to everyone!
The cake was topped with a simple “1” candle and a button banner. I threaded fun orange buttons onto some bakers twine, glued the twine to some skewers, and then slid the skewers thru the paper straws before sticking it into the cake!

Birthday Party Hat

As soon as I knew the theme, the hunt started for the perfect birthday hat. I couldn’t find one anywhere that wasn’t gonna cost me $50, so I made my own. I loved how it turned out, even if she only kept it on for pictures!

Probably the best part of the whole party was the vintage highchair that I got from the classifieds! It was so beat-up, covered in gunk, and just not attractive. So I spent HOURS sanding, painting, and re-finishing it until it was just what I wanted!

I’m in love with how it turned out!


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Not only was it great for her 1st birthday pictures, but using it during her smash cake was just darling!



I also made her Tutu our of some fun fabric, a headband, and lots of tulle! And what little one doesn’t need a “One” shirt for their birthday? But she also had a “1” bum!

gracie's mask
photo booth collage
photobooth collage

For the activities, we did a photo booth (which got blown down at the very beginning, so we just used the brick wall!) with some fun wild animal masks! We also got wild animal temporary tattoos and most kids had them up one arm, and down the other by the end of the party!

Well, that’s the recap. I hope you all enjoyed it!

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  1. It looks like a blast! You are amazing! The photo with her diving into the cake is just too cute!

  2. What a sweet party! I love all the photobooth pictures!

  3. So cute!
    I love the tutu skirt and giraffe print on her onesie & diaper!
    Lisa H.

  4. I love all of the details to your party! How fun! I’m dying over your little girlies cuteness and that highchair! Love it all!

  5. Cute! I love the candid photo’s at the end!

  6. Hi Vanessa! This looks so fun, adorable kids, especially the little birthday girl!

    Have a good week, Nancy

  7. Teresa Woohouse says

    I love all that you did great job,love the cake, what is the pink stuff on the cake looks lovely

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