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Boy’s Goldfish First Birthday Party

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Turning one calls for some serious birthday fun! Make sure you catch this boy’s Goldfish 1st Birthday Party planned by creative mom, Melita. Her son, Alek, loves swimming and being in the water so that made planning a goldfish themed celebration a natural choice!  Melita designed an adorable party scape using blue and orange decorations she made herself, combined with finds on Etsy and darling printable invitations and décor from Chickabug.  Cake, cookie and sweet treat choices were made to coordinate.  Don’t miss a single delightful detail of this goldfish 1st birthday party photographed by Mimi Nguyen.

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Ideas

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Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Invitation Ideas

Because their “little fishy” was turning one, guests were invited by way of these cute goldfish invitations to swim on by for some birthday fun.  I love how a framed copy of the invitation was used in the décor.  Isn’t that little fish just adorable?

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Cookie Ideas

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Candy Jar Ideas

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Sugar Cookie Ideas

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Sugar Cookie Ideas

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Sugar Cookie Ideas

Outfitted in a bright blue table covering, the refreshment station was a sea of appetizing sweet and salty snacks. I love the way the banner by A to Zebra Celebrations hangs over the table and incorporates all of the vivid party colors. Simple white platters and clear glass apothecary jars are good choices for striking edibles, including candy and gumballs.  Candy is a great way to add a pop of color to a party table! Orange, polka-dotted, chocolate covered Oreos, by Sweeties by Kim, and colorful macarons, by Sparkles Macaron, look enticing! Popcorn is always a popular snack at parties, especially where little guests are present.  Melita dressed up the glass popcorn vessel with a printable goldfish sticker and orange ribbon. Sea glass inspired lollipops, by Vintage Confections, look lovely as part of the dessert offerings. An assortment of impressive sugar cookies filled a tiered stand and overflowed on to additional platters.  It’s hard to pick a favorite, isn’t it?  Kay, of Rollin’ In Dough, designed and decorated the blue, round cookies with Alek’s name on them. Renee, of Bee’s Knees Creative, made all of the other gorgeous goldfish and seashell cookies on the table.

Paper sacks were embellished with “thanks for swimming by Alek’s 1st birthday” labels.  I imagine guests had fun filling these up with favorites to take home.

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Cake Ideas

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Cake Ideas

I love when cakes are made to coordinate with the chosen party theme.  This beautiful cake, from Beverly’s Best Bakery, does an amazing job of replicating elements from the invitation. I adore the little fish bowl tier with the sweet little goldfish.  And aren’t those polka dots a sweet touch?

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Beverage Station Ideas

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Paper Straws Ideas

A colorful beverage station was set up where guests could choose from apple and orange Izze sodas or bottled waters with precious custom beverage wraps.  Notice the color coordinating stacks of blue cups and napkins displayed nearby. Cute straws, from IsAKay Boutique, were topped off with festive party flags that Melita made.

Melita had also decorated a beautiful outdoor tented space for guests to enjoy.  The addition of colored balloons and paper lanterns added fun undersea inspiration.

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Activity Ideas

Boy's Goldfish First Birthday Party Favour Ideas

When little guests are invited to a party, planning for an activity station is a wonderful idea!  Melita organized under-the-sea crafts that involved coloring and using sea-life stickers. In addition, a caricaturist created guest caricatures as party favors.  How awesome is that? Guests also took home sand pails filled with beach inspired toys.  Each included a custom party favor tag to add that special detailed touch.

I don’t think the birthday boy could be any cuter next to his hand-painted wooden “one”, which not only served for a fun photo prop, but was also a great way to anchor the party balloons.  I can only imagine how much that sweet little boy enjoyed his personalized “smash” cupcake!

What a memorable goldfish first birthday party for one special boy!

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.