a backyard BBQ birthday

We have a love for first birthday parties, and today we are featuring a very special one by  Erin Wakeman for her little girl Zoey. Here’s what Erin had to say about their special day:


When the time comes for your first baby’s first birthday, you pull out all the stops! I wanted to give Zoey a birthday party that felt like a big celebration of her sweet and colorful personality while capturing the essence of a perfect end of the summer backyard BBQ.
We filled the trees with balloons, banners and pennant buntings creating a backdrop of bright and bold colors. Guests filled up take out boxes (boxes from Shop Sweet Lulu / liners from Pink Lemonade Party) with gourmet sliders, homestyle french fries in paper cones (fort&field), berry cups filled with local produce (Shop Sweet Lulu), and coleslaw in berry baskets (Shop Sweet Lulu). Local handmade barbecue sauce (Trilby’s) was offered in condiment cups and favored water (strawberries, lemons, cucumbers and mint) filled mason jars with striped paper straws (A Charming Pretty Party). Glass bottles of soda and locally brewed beers were served on ice in a vintage wheelbarrow next to a rustic bottle opening stand (bottle opener from 2 Country Chics).

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The birthday girl smashed a special anniversary cake topper from her baby shower made by her aunt Kate Reed. The guest enjoyed a s’more bar stocked with many varieties of chocolates and graham crackers, roasting marshmallows and we shared laughs around a fire late into the summer night.  ZoeyFaye-51-X2

Zoey’s birthday outfit was a work of love put together by three of my most favorite women. Both Zoey’s custom headband matching her dress and her Gatsby cake smash headband were created by Chelsea of Jameson Monroe. Her Gretel Jumper was custom designed and handmade by the incredibly talented Lauren of Vivi’s Jewels. And her moccasins were perfectly designed by the amazing Susan of Freshly Picked.ZoeyFaye-101-X2
The party was a fantastic combination of friends and family enjoying and celebrating the first year of my sweet one year old’s life. Such a special day made all the more sweet by the many details offered from our amazing vendors and captured in gorgeous photo by Becca Rich of Lady & Gent Photography.
Thanks so much Erin! We love how she created keepsakes down to Zoey’s outfit as a way to remember this big day. Read more of Erin’s beautiful blog here.


  • Jessica
    September 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

    A little outrageous for a first birthday party, but a really cute party nonetheless. Am I the only one still throwing a party with a simple cake, icecream, a few balloons and call it good??

    • Christine
      September 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      But Jessica, then it wouldn’t be featured on any blogs. 🙂 I totally agree with you!

    • Small Fry
      September 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Haha, if you ever wonder why only one of the Small Fry girls shares their parties, it’s because two of us are right there with you. It’s still fun to look at, but definitely glad I don’t have to do the work!


  • Michelle
    September 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I love how she showcased the stawberry containers! And the chalkboard too! who wouldnt want a smores bar !

  • Jackie
    May 23, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Wow first off the baby is adorns! Secondly, I love the simple cake with balloons and the berry containers on the table. This would be fun for any age 🙂

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  • Laura aka Mama
    May 16, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this! We look for any excuse to celebrate bc it just makes life and occasions more special and exciting!! Thanks for sharing. ❤️


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