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“First Trip Around the Sun” 1st Birthday Party • The Blonde Abroad


My sweet boy’s first trip around the sun!

We spent the most perfect sunny day celebrating our own little sunshine’s first birthday with family and friends. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to look back at these photos without tearing up.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your own “First Trip Around the Sun” 1st birthday party

— from decorations to party favors to food —

I’m sharing all the details of Oliver’s special day in San Diego!

Party Details & Decorations

When it comes to party decorations, a few amazing local San Diego female-owned brands (many of whom I used for my baby shower!) helped make the day so special!

Balloons by Gather and Pop Balloons

They create biodegradable balloon installations that make the whole setting seriously *pop*. We added gorgeous trains of balloons to the arch backdrop of his cake smash station and his bounce house. Keeping with the “sun” theme, we opted for warm and bright colors!

Furniture & Prop Rentals from Boho Babes

We went through Boho Babes to rent the cane backdrop, cane cake stand, and umbrella for his cake smash area. And the adorable mini attan clothing rack for the pool ponchos for the kids.

They were able to design the “First Trip Around the Sun” sign for the backdrop which was the perfect touch and brought the theme together beautifully!

I absolutely love furniture rentals for parties—it’s such an easy way to transform a space like your backyard into whatever you dream of!

Mini White Bounce House from Inflate San Diego

Soft play items are perfect for first birthdays! Oliver LOVED running around his bounce house and the older kids jumped for hours. It also made for ADORABLE photos!

Ice Cream Cart from Little Fox Cups + Cones

I’ll talk more about Little Fox’s ice cream tacos in the food section, but I love that this doubled as dessert and decor!

The rental from Little Fox included the darling bike with a floral arrangement for the basket.

Sensory Bins

My friends run an incredible company, SD Little Wonders, that does speech and sensory play pop-up events and private parties around San Diego. They set up water and kinetic san sensory bins for the kids to play with in the yard!

1st Birthday Smash Cake

My mom made his cake using this healthy smash cake recipe sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar. The “naked cake” style is actually super easy to DIY. You could always fully cover it with the yogurt frosting for a more finished look.

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