Birthday Boom: My Little Firecracker turns 1!

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A TNT/Firecracker-themed first birthday for my son who was born on the Fourth of July.

Design Inspiration

My son was born on the Fourth of July and although I knew I had to acknowledge the fact that it's a major holiday I wanted to stay clear of the red , white and blue "America's Birthday" theme.  So instead of focusing on July 4th, I decided to celebrate my son’s personality- which definitely fits the term "Little Firecracker".  So TNT and firecrackers it was. 

Decorating Style

Fun, modern and a little out of the box

Project Details

I played a lot off of the classic look of dynamite sticks and old school black cat fireworks.  The majority of the decorations were red, yellow and full of stars. My husband and I created firecracker sticks out of wood and painted them red with yellow stars and these sticks we attached to the table canopy.  We also made free-standing sticks that adorned the stairs of the back patio that the kids could sit by and take pictures with. A TNT detonator box made out of wood completed the table look that held the favors and kids costume gear.

Upon arrival, the kids were supplied with yellow hard hats and hand-made red vests with “Boom Expert” labels.  They also had a plentiful supply of pop-its so they could create there own blasts and booms.  We created a pop-its throwing station with our wood firecracker sticks and labeled it the “Blast Area”.  This is where the kids could safely throw their pop-its and use the firecracker backdrops as a target. 

When the party was over, each kid received a handmade dynamite stick filled with candy and popping noisemakers.  These dynamite stick favors were created out of red mailing tubes and yellow roping and adorned with handmade labels.

Favorite Items

The dynamite stick favors


This was so easy to do and a lot of fun for the kids.  Keep it smple and try to think about everyday products becoming useful containers, holders, etc.  All my leftover redtubes can be used again for mailing!


  1. 1

    Wow, a Fourth of July baby! I like the firecracker theme and the red-and-yellow color scheme you used. Everything looks explosive!

  2. 2

    Fantastic party and idea! The mailing to tube firecrackers are the bomb!

  3. 3

    Thank you so much!  It was a lot of fun to do and I had to stop myself from doing way more- lol!

  4. 4

    Having a fourth of July birthday. Great idea to make it different. Very original and really well done.

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