Monday, October 22, 2012

A Big Hippo 1st Birthday

My husband and I had so much fun planning Aston’s 1st birthday party. We choose to go with a Hippo theme because that has been his nickname since he was born. When we started the search for ideas, we had a hard time finding some that were specific to Hippo’s so we came up with our own version.

I came across the clipart graphics from Pixel Paper Prints and that spurred on the creation of all the signs, invitations, water bottle wrappers and other paper goods that I made.  This was the invitation for the party and I think it turned out so cute!

We came up with the idea of our guests walking through a balloon jungle to get to the party. To do this, we blew up 40-50 green balloons, tyed them to varying lengths of ribbon. We then tyed the ribbon to golf tees which we stuck into the ground. We think it turned out pretty good in spite of the wind that day.

We decided to call the food table “The Grazing Table.” 

The Menu:
Goldfishies- Goldfish Crackers
Baby Hippo Teeth: Mini Marshmallows
Animal Friends: Animal Cracker
Herbivor-derves: Veggie Trays
Baby Hippo Tails: Pretzel Sticks
We also had a 3 cakes that I made. The big cake has a topper from the Cupcake Stylist. We ordered a blue hippo with a yellow bird on his head and a palm tree. They turned out so great! We used an antique Wilton Hippo Pan for the gluten free cake. 

On the Grazing Table I made a sign of all of Aston's favorite things from the year. It was fun for our guests to see his favorite things.

We called the Drink table the Watering Hole. At the Watering Hole, guests could find Pachyderm Punch: Blue Kool Aid and water bottles wrapped with the wrappers I made from the clip art.
It also had a sign of the Many Names of Aston. We are a nickname family :)
In order to look back at the year, I made this picture banner so that guests could see how much he had changed. Isn't he cute? I printed out the labels I made, attached them to a clothes pin and hung them on some Jute. It worked perfectly!
It was such a fun day of celebrating! I hope you enjoy!

Linked up with: Bird's Party


  1. Congratulations Samantha! This is a beautiful page. What a lovely trio.

  2. Samantha, I didn't knoe how to author the above statement. That is why it is anonymous. Dad

  3. I loved this post. It has so many great ideas. Thanks for sharing and I can see you had a gr8 party.

    Rgds, Poornima


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