Time Flies : Niko is One

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Wow did this year fly by!  When I started thinking about the theme for my youngest son’s birthday, all that came to mind was “My oh my, how time flies!”  It has been nothing but a pleasure watching this little man grow and I really wanted to make his first birthday special as I am pretty sure it will be my last 1st birthday celebration.  Bittersweet, but mostly sweet :)

I love my boys and I can’t wait to show you how we celebrated this munchkin’s first birthday!!

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The ‘propeller pops’ are marshmallows dipped in melted red chocolate wafers.  I then rolled out some store bought fondant and stamped out some tear shaped ‘propellers’.  Finishing them with some red m&m’s brought the treat to life!

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The LIFE magazine cover was the first thing I designed in this party package and it was sent as a save the date to guests!

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I purchased these adorable little brown suitcases on Amazon and then attached some cute luggage tags, which are included in the party package.

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I had so much fun customizing every detail of this party and many of the “in service” food items were also sent home as party favors!

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I used an IKEA rolling tray as the “In Service cart” which was filled with the many party favors; snack mix, sugar cookies by a sweet friend Shereen of The Sugar Tree, water bottles, chocolate bars and of course, napkin and utensils!

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My little man even had his very own cockpit!  I created the large propeller using a cake centerpiece printable and then cut out two large tear drop shapes from the patterned papers.

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Every Captain need a proper hat!

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There are many tutorials online on how to make scalloped pinatas, but to give a quick explanation: purchase a paper party lantern, hot glue paper tissue that you cut into circles, layer by layer.  Then fill it with treats and seal the bottom with a large piece of the patterned paper.  Pretty simple and cheap!

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There were two games designed to keep the little party guests entertained throughout the afternoon.  First was this is Airplane Toss;  purchase white foam board, trace and cut out several sized circles with and exacto knife and added some pinwheels!

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The second party games was Pin the Propeller.  I sent the poster to print at Costco on their largest lustre photo print, the kids were then blindfolded and attempted to make the target.

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Dream BIG, little ONE!  These cute shoes were purchased at Zara.

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Here is a large series of a photo banner I created to document all the months and milestone firsts that meant to such to us!

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At the end of the day all the guests were sent to the “luggage claim” to pick up their favor bags!

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Happy birthday my dear sweet little boy!  You are loved!

xo

Tania

Full party package is available in my Etsy shop, here

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Vendors

Printables, photography and styling : Tania’s Design Studio

Sugar Cookies : The Sugar Tree

31 thoughts on “Time Flies : Niko is One

  1. Damaris

    Amazing theme doing the same theme for my baby boy but wanted to know where did you purchase the vintage hat

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    1. taniasdesignstudio Post author

      Hello Damaris,
      I am glad you liked the party! I purchased the hat on Amazon.com.
      Tania

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  2. Christine

    Adorable – I’m going to use this theme (and buy your party package) shortly for my son’s 1st birthday in December! Where did you find the silver airplane?

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    1. taniasdesignstudio Post author

      Hi Christine

      sorry for the late reply! I found that plane at HomeSense/HomeGoods.
      Happy celebrating!
      Tania

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    1. taniasdesignstudio Post author

      Hi Karyna

      All the banners and other paper decor can be purchased as a digital download printable party package. Scroll to the bottom of the blog post and the link will take you to my Etsy shop!

      All the best!
      Tania

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  3. Jennifer

    I have question.. not sure if you will be able to answer it,I want my sons 1st birthday party like this I have everything played out with your amazing ideas but I still have no idea in what to do or put in the center pieces of the tables 😞 Helppppp please! !!!

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    1. taniasdesignstudio Post author

      Hi Jennifer
      One idea for a small table centerpiece…
      purchase a small basket, fill a helium balloon, tie string around the balloon and suspend it just over the basket. It will look like a hot air balloon and fit nicely with the theme. add some rice to the inside of the basket a a cupcake topper with your sons picture and he is flying!

      All the best!
      Tania

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  4. Sarah

    Random question, but where did you get the dark beige fabric used to decoratively cover the cake table? How much did it take to cover the table? I don’t have a pretty wooden table, only those white party tables, so I’d like to cover it and make it pretty if possible.

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      1. taniasdesignstudio Post author

        Hi Sarah,

        the white wash wood plank background is actually a photography backdrop I purchased on Amazon.com

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    1. taniasdesignstudio Post author

      I purchased the beige table cloth fabric at a local fabric store. I believe it is 2 or 3 yards worth.

      Hope that helps!

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  5. Monique B.

    Beautiful party! You have given me lots of ideas. Thanks so much for sharing! Where did you find those adorable little gray sneakers?

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    1. taniasdesignstudio Post author

      Hi Tammy

      I had the cookies made by a local cookie artist. I would recommend asking on facebook for people to send you contacts. Once you choose who to use, just show the photos and they can recreate in their own style! There are so many talented bakers out there!

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    1. taniasdesignstudio Post author

      Hi Kassandra

      I bought that silver airplane at HomeSense (HomeGoods for my Americans). I see it come in every now and again, hopefully you’ll come by one!
      All the best!
      Tania

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  6. Amanda

    Hello Tania!

    I was looking on here to find the instructions for the tutorial for the brown paper design you have behind the cupcake toppers. Have I missed it?

    Thank you!

    -Amanda

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    1. taniasdesignstudio Post author

      Hello Amanda,

      The kraft paper fans behind the cupcake toppers are called paper rosettes. I created those using a scrap booking tool called the ‘big shot’. They are pretty easy to make, but the tool is pricey. I would recommend going to a scrap book store and ask for them to make some up for you or possibly, you can use their Big Shot.

      Hope that helps!
      Tania

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