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Oliver’s Corner Store-Themed 1st Birthday Party

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Coming up with a unique theme for a first birthday party can be quite a challenge. I’ve seen literally hundreds of boys’ birthday party theme ideas, and we’ve featured dozens of beautiful first birthday celebrations here at Spaceships and Laser Beams, but I can say I have never seen anything like this stunning “market” themed boy’s first birthday party! Baby Oliver’s love of squirting fruits and vegetables with a water bottle inspired his Aunt Kendra, of Kendra Plastow Event Styling, to create this remarkably unique party concept. Modern styling, amazing printables, delicious menu choices, and personalization throughout are all nearly outdone by one of the greatest first birthday party favor ideas I’ve ever seen. Don’t miss a single detail in Lee Bird Photography’s gorgeous photos.

Boy's Corner Store Themed First Birthday Party Ideas


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“The Happy Blue Bird” store name was inspired by little Oliver’s nickname, and 2 Love Birds Sweet Design created an entire printable collection just for the occasion. The adorable bright white and fresh green faux store front backdrop sets the scene perfectly. Sweetly coordinated labels and wraps transform menu items into “stock” at the “market”.

Boy's Corner Store Themed First Birthday Party Food Ideas

Boy's Corner Store Themed First Birthday Party Food Ideas

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Boy's Corner Store Themed First Birthday Party Cake Ideas

Fresh berries, salad “snack packs,” strawberry jam, plus darling cookies by The Iced Biscuit, are just some of the items on the menu. A creamy cake, by Fondant Delights, is personalized with chalkboard printable toppers. Plastic containers and riser-style display shelving really add to the “corner store” feel.

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Fresh greenery and produce, plus delightful chalkboard accents really take the theme above and beyond. I love the “grown locally” sign next to little Oliver’s sweet portrait! Kendra achieved a consistently breezy “open air market” feel by using only white and clear glass and serving ware, with a few pale wood pieces.

Boy's Corner Store Themed First Birthday Party Favour Ideas

There are so many fantastic little details at this party, but the personalized Melbourne Times newspapers featuring the birthday boy on the front page is a stroke of creative genius! Interviews with family members make it even more personal. What a remarkable first birthday party favor idea!

Boy's Corner Store Themed First Birthday Party Beverage Ideas

Boy's Corner Store Themed First Birthday Party Dessert Table Food Ideas

This market-themed boy’s first birthday party is one of a kind, but it provides ample inspiration for planning your own event. A pretend play store for toddler and preschool birthday parties could be one translation, but I could also see this easily becoming a gorgeous baby shower theme idea.

To see more of Kendra’s events, like Kendra Plastow Event Styling on Facebook.

Additional Vendor Credits:
Printing by CJM Graphics


To plan your own “corner store” or “market” themed event, shop these supplies, sourced for you by Spaceships and Laser Beams:


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Wouldn’t your little one love to “play store” at a corner store birthday party?

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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.