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Boy’s Gorgeous First Birthday Party: Guess How Much I Love You

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How about a breath of fresh air? This boy’s gorgeous first birthday celebration will transport you to a hidden grove in the forest—there’s cake and cupcakes—and it’s springtime there! Rochelle, of Sweet Tables by Chelle, based this delightful party theme idea on Sam McBratney’s book, “Guess How Much I Love You”, illustrated by Anita Jeram. The fresh decoration and dessert table ideas are lovely in pale blue, green and peach. Stephen Clarke Photography has captured the party images so we can take a peek…and wish we were there!

Guess How Much I Love You? Gorgeous Boys First Birthday Party Idea


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The “we love you to the moon and back” quote has had pride of place over baby Jethro’s crib even before he arrived, so it was a natural choice for a first birthday party theme. Rochelle transformed the entire room into a woodland destination for guests attending the birthday brunch. Family and friends could pause at the guest book (Jethro, Guess How Much We Love You) to pen messages for the birthday guy or take turns in a rocking chair cuddle corner for reading.

The dessert table grabs attention with a terrific backdrop of trees and bunnies; floating balloons suggest an extension of the sky. I love the illusion of hedgerows on the table—it’s a great way to display the desserts! If you look closely at the flower pots, you’ll see the (to the moon) message that graduates from the front of the table right on up the wall. I also appreciate the witty juxtaposition between the rabbits and the cupcake pedestals; it looks like they might be rejoicing over the treats! Little Wish Cakes did an amazing job with the Jethro cake; the fondant Big and Little Hares look like they just jumped out of the book!

The children’s table holds a field of grass that’s filled with tree stumps, shrubs and bunnies. Each place setting holds a mini version of the theme book, a cute jar filled with yogurt, muesli and berries, a juice pop top with a felt carrot hang tag (from Sweet Tashie), a basket of chocolates and wooden cutlery (by Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations). The kids have blue and green floor pillows for seating—fun!

In addition to the main tables, there are several mini stations. Find pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, chocolate chips and cream; custard tarts; an apple pie; cookies; yogurt cups; and a beverage bar. Everything is beautifully decorated with flowers, banners, candies and…carrots! Mel, from Bella Vita Craft Designs, painted the messages spelled out in words and Event Stationery did the favor bags.

Rochelle created a lovely “woodland” setting for her son’s first birthday party which is delightful when you have spring fever or when you want to take a walk down memory lane! You can find more of Rochelle’s creations by visiting her on Facebook.


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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.