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Hudson’s “Party Animal” 1st Birthday!

Category: Parties

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Portrait Photo: Amelia Johnson Photography

It’s hard to believe a whole year has passed since our little guy entered the world!  We wanted to celebrate his first year of life with friends and family with a fun and colorful backyard bash.  Hudson’s nursery is a menagerie theme with animals in party hats (in mostly white-on-white with accents of soft blues and yellow.)  For this celebration, I wanted to take the same menagerie theme and making it more fun and colorful, and thus the “party animal” theme was born!

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Party Photos by: Lisa Ziesing, Abby Jiu Photography

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Left: We used this cute towel cabana from Ballard Designs to hold colorful paper cups of goldfish and pirate’s booty for the littles, as well as the animal cracker favor jars.

Right: We DIY’d this sprinkle donut wall as our dessert table back drop using pegboard, blue spray paint and Krispy Kreme!

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This stylish striped cabana from Ballard designs did double duty at our dessert table: it kept the sweets from melting in the summer sun AND provided a decorative backdrop!

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Left: These personalized straws in glass milk bottles were a fun touch!

Right:  We spent the whole day prior to the party decorating 9 dozen of these jumbo animal crackers my mother-in-law made from scratch!

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All goats should wear party hats!  hudsonisone-015Hudson always gets a silly grin around this cutie, Miss Kennedy Grace!

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Zinc galvanized metal tubs from Ballard Designs kept our drinks nice and cool!hudsonisone-017 hudsonisone-018

These Sundae cake pops from Two Sugars Studio were delish!!

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One of his favorite gifts – a baby grand piano!  Hudson appears to be a natural (or at least has watched his dad many times!)  He sat right down and started playing.

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Frosted animal crackers in our DIY favor jars that we painted white and attached chalkboard sticker labels to!

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It was all good until we tried to put on the hat…

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It’s safe to say, this smash cake from Two Sugars Studio got Hudson’s stamp of approval!

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P.S – 15 minutes later, after the photographer had put away the camera he was STILL going strong and I managed to capture this goodness on my iPhone:

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Special Thanks To…

Lisa Ziesing (Abby Jiu Photography)

Ballard Designs (black and white striped canopies, zinc tubs)

Party Rental LTD – rentals

La Tavola – black and white linens

Two Sugars Studio – cake, smash cake and sundae cake pops

Squeals on Wheels – mini zoo

My hubby – for manning the grill/smoker and being the king of TX BBQ!

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