September 6, 2020

Elliott’s First Birthday

I was SO set on having a cute under the sea theme since Elliott has loved the beach so much (and it would just be an aesthetically pleasing look lol), but when talking to our family about it, the only option we knew would make him happy was Blue’s Clues. When I tell you he’s obsessed with this show, he is OBSESSED. I used our down time to plan and create the decor, and I’m seriously SO pleased with how it all came out!

When thinking about what we wanted to do, we knew we couldn’t invite everyone we wish we could, but what was a way to make his birthday still special despite Covid? We landed on doing a cookout at our house with immediate family and a couple of close friends we knew had been tested recently with negative results, and made sure to have some adult fun planned so ALL could enjoy. I figured I’d do a dessert table as the primary focus, and got to work finding the perfect details and treats. I was able to find several of the custom decorations on Etsy, and general decor on Amazon and Party City. Alexa was a huge help with doing the balloon garland for me.
For the adults, Alexa made vodka pops for those who could have them, and I gotta say, they were a big hit. We also set out flavored vodkas to mix into the beverage options. My favorite was coconut vodka with the birthday punch!

My dad KILLED it by decorating a ukulele the same way as Josh’s on the show! I was able to find some sparkly vinyl, and sent him both items, and voila!

For treats, this was the fun part! I had used Daphne’s Bakery for my bridal shower cookies, and knew we had to order some more for Elliott’s big day. They were so easy and fun to work with, and had great ideas! For his cake, obviously we love Ines at Sky’s the Limit Bridal Sweets, and she made him a DELICIOUS chocolatey cake with peanut butter frosting.

When thinking about the different characters, I wanted to incorporate the primary ones with a little treat that would go with it. For Mailbox, we iced some Rice Krispy Treats with plain white icing and added a little sugar heart to make it look like mail. I found adorable suckers from a shop on Etsy, and we were able to fill up Pail with sand to stick them in (along with Shovel, of course!). I also found macarons for Magenta, and did a random assortment of treats for Tickity Tock.

Drinks were tough. I didn’t want to use anything SUPER sweet and sugary since we were having this party later in the afternoon, but came up with these two options:

Blue’s Birthday Punch:
1 gallon of Tropical Punch’s white coconut juice
4 packets of Blue Raspberry Lemonade Koolaid
Ginger Ale
Vanilla Ice Cream
{ mix all that together, and voila! }
I topped them with whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles, and a pinch of cotton candy.

Watermelon Lemonade:
Equal parts Simply Watermelon to Simply Lemonade – easy as that!

All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon full of joy and celebration!

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