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A New York City Inspired First Birthday Party

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You’ve heard of “Jenny from the block”?  Now get ready for Bronx from the block!  Head to New York City, more specifically the Bronx, for this first birthday party filled with incredibly creative ideas! Serena Locatelli, of Mammarella’s Sweets & Treats, transported the Bronx to California to celebrate her son, also named Bronx. You will love the New York and Metro inspired cake and treats dessert table, as well as the grunge props and decorations carefully woven into this party theme.  Danielle Marie Photography captured all of the clever details of this first birthday party.


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Boys New York City Themed Birthday Party Entry way booth

I love when a party theme begins at the front door!  Serena set the scene with a “Welcome to New York” sign.  In order to gain entrance into the party, guests had to successfully pass through a Metro station inspired turnstile and insert their tickets.

Boys New York City Hashtag Ideas

Boys New York City Back Drop

Once inside, guests were treated to an amazing New York themed party.  A combination of party signs by Divine Functions, Art work by Timber and printable décor by Three Lil Monkeys combined for one amazing event.

Boys New York Name Letter Decorations

Metal letters spelling Bronx stretched across a table decked out in great props reminiscent of New York City.  The model taxi cab and trash can—complete with graffiti—definitely brought in a “Big Apple” vibe.  Colorful Izze drinks, cake pops by Cake Poppin, and darling favor boxes with custom subway themed labels completed the look.

Boys New York City Street Sign Idea

Directional signs inspired by subway signs found in the city highlighted popular New York attractions like Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo.

Boys New York city Table setting Ideas


An amazing party table was set, mixing in bright colors with fun New York themed accents.  Serena’s husband created centerpieces to look like street signs intersecting in the Bronx.  I love the creativity!

Boys New York City Centerpiece Ideas


Apothecary jars filled with red and blue gumballs added pops of color against the black tablecloth. Bright red placemats mapped out each guest’s place setting, where quintessential New York taxi cab food boxes held cups, candy wands and other meal items.

Boys New York City Chair Seating Ideas

Famous streets in the City were highlighted on guest chairs with printable street signs.  Brilliant! Guests enjoyed sandwiches, pasta salad and assorted finger foods.

Boys New York City Dessert Table

One of Serena’s favorite party elements was the dessert table.  A custom made, brick wall inspired, printable backdrop made a perfect scene setter for a New York City dessert table.  I love the thought behind the dessert choices!

Boys New York Party Cake Idea

An amazing cake by Daisy Delights highlighted the city skyline on one tier and paid homage to the intricate New York subway system on another tier. Don’t you love the hashtag cake topper?  Perfection!

Boys New York Themed Party Cake


Boys New York Cake Pop Ideas

Boys New York Party Food Cookie Ideas

Peace Love Sugar created a coordinating skyline inspired smash cake, which Bronx thoroughly enjoyed! Cake pops were fashioned into hot dogs and served in a cute hot dog cart, while cookies by Sweet Baketique looked like pizza.

Boys New York Party Food Candy Apple Ideas

Serena made “Big Apple” candy apples and traffic light candy kabobs—perfect additions!

Boys New York Cannoli Ideas

Boys Party Food Cannoli Ideas

And what would a New York City inspired dessert table be without cannolis? I love how bricks were used to add height, texture and dimension to the display. Serena thought of everything! Imagine guests’ excitement in finding out they got to take home these delicious treats as party favors!

Somebody—please pass me a cannoli!

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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.