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Alligator Themed Boy’s First Birthday Party

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  1. Planning an alligator party? Check out these party supplies:
  2. Be sure to check out some other great boy birthday party ideas here:
  3. Plus, don't miss out on this Preppy Gator 6th Birthday Party...

Imagine that your best friend, husband, and son all have birthdays at the same time and you happen to have a tradition of throwing a joint crawfish boil to celebrate.

How do you make your son’s first birthday party special while also celebrating two special adults?

If you’re Julie of Magnolia Creative Co. you opt to do one jumbo swamp bash, with a heavy emphasis on the alligator party theme.

Read ahead to see how Julie incorporated alligators into her party invitations, party decorations, party food, darling party favors, and even on top of one of the birthday cakes.

A large chocolate cake on a table


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Party and Birthday

Nothing gets me more excited about an upcoming party more than an awesome party invitation.

Julie designed the coolest invitations for this alligator birthday party. Not only were the graphic design elements of the invitations top notch, the packaging and delivery were ultra-creative.

In fact, the birthday party invitations just might be my absolute favorite detail from this alligator party. For starters, the invitations were sealed in an egg, which had to be “cracked open” in order to be read.

Can you believe the compartment for the invitation was created by drilling holes in Easter eggs? The eggs were then packaged in small cardboard boxes filled with newspaper, Spanish moss, and a plastic alligator.

Each box was marked with a special sticker that read, “Live animal inside.”

Another sticker read, “Open with caution.” What a fun way to invite guests to join you on the swamp for a first birthday party!

According to Julie, they got such fun reactions about the invitations from guests who thought there actually was a live animal inside the box!

Talk about upping the anticipation for a party!

A vase of flowers on a table

When guests arrived, we are certain the trio of birthday cakes caught their eyes.

One birthday cake often steals the dessert table show, but three? That’s down right epic. Julie wanted each birthday honoree to have their own small cake.

She perused the internet for inspiration, and once she settled on some ideas, she contacted fondant designer, Brittany, of Edible Details with a sketch of her swamp-inspired cake centerpiece display. Edible Details created the 3 darling swamp creatures you see topping the cakes.

Can you believe, Julie’s husband created the impressive cake display?

Wooden stumps were used as cake stands that he built into a hand-crafted box filled with moss and a large plastic alligator. The centerpiece was designed so that it could be viewed from all sides.

Guests got to enjoy the ombre frosting effects on the cake, and have 360 degree views of the adorable animal toppers.

A wooden table

A bayou feel was created using a variety of natural elements, like wood rounds, moss, burlap, and muted brown and green tones.

You can see these earthy colors seen in tissue tassels, party bunting, overhead lanterns, and even the balloons, paper straws, party plates and napkins from The Polka Dot Market.

Stamped wooden cutlery featured the birthday boy’s name for a fun personalized look.

A stack of flyers on a table

Another fun addition to the party décor was a sweet alligator bunting handmade by The Purple Pug. It gave the party that custom party feel that is hard to achieve using store bought decorations. It featured festive fringe and glittered gators.

Food on a table, with Party and Birthday

While kids might like living on cake alone, this party featured other food and drinks to keep guests hydrated and happy.

Swamp dogs (hot dogs) were served alongside the cutest Tabasco, pelican, and crawfish shaped sugar cookies by Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design.

Plus edible “dirt cups” were made by filling brown and white striped and polka dotted baking cups with a mixture of edible earth and rocks.

Green swamp water was the children’s beverage of choice, but custom wrapped bottles of water were another available option. Mason jars were filled with mint julep iced tea for the adults.

A close up of a bottle

Kids loved the party favors that were just for them—homemade “swamp slime” packaged in push pop containers with custom labels.

What a thrilling, inexpensive party favor idea that is easy to make and fun to play with and also coordinates with the alligator party theme.

A cake on a table

Older guests were bid farewell with a clever, “See ya later alligator” party favor. Alligator shaped bottle openers from Cayenne Marketing were attached to favor cards with the text sentiment.

Planning an alligator party? Check out these party supplies:

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  • Alligator cookie cutter
  • Soft alligator
  • Inflatable alligator ring toss game
  • Gummy crocodile candy
  • Floating alligator decoy
  • Alligator stickers
  • Alligator piñata
  • Wooden Boxes & Crates
  • Creatures Bearded Dragon
  • Rubber Rock Python
  • Table Cover Emerald Green
  • Baby Alligator Balloon

Be sure to check out some other great boy birthday party ideas here:

Plus, don’t miss out on this Preppy Gator 6th Birthday Party…

A close up of food on a table, with Party and Birthday

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