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Ben’s 1st birthday


Ben's 1st birthday party was at the zoo! I had such a great time planning this sweet party for my sweet baby boy!

Design Inspiration

I am super excited for Ben's 1st birthday party!

We are having his party at the zoo!

I will definitely post all of the pictures from the party...but I thought I would share a bit of the inspiration and theme I am going for.  Since the party is at the zoo...I am thinking zoo/carnival theme.  and, a lot of color!!  The adorable stripey straws and tissue garland are from shop sweet lulu...I am a bit obsessed with this shop and my husband is wondering why I am getting packages from shop sweet lulu every week!  I love it!!  The rainbow gumballs are from polka dot market.

I was happy to find these adorable (affordable) and perfect zoo invites from shutterfly!

cupcake liners and striped candy cups are also from shop sweet lulu!

Decorating Style

sweet casual style!  lately I am very into color!  

Project Details

happy sweet 1st birthday baby Ben!

we were so excited to celebrate Ben's birthday!!  Ben was a miracle and born via we really wanted to celebrate him coming into our lives & turning one {still tear up over our little blessing}!  Ben loves we decided to have his celebration at the zoo!  It was a perfect day for the zoo and for all of our family & friends to celebrate with us!  I made some other great friends planning this special occasion too!  thank you to all of the amazing shops who helped make the party so great!  62cards created this amazing "happy birthday Ben" banner & other party goodies below!  see other details below too!

Ben was a lion for halloween...I had to showcase my sweet little lion!

the carnival banner is from Blue Moon Studios - thank you Jenny!

Ben looked adorable in his #1 birthday shirt from Piccadilly Circus Designs!

Ben's birthday cake was awesome!  it was fun to design & Suzette at Sweet Cakes is so talented!  I had her make the rainbow cake inside!  I got the idea from one charming party & featured it on my blog because it makes me happy!

Ben clearly enjoyed his cake...

Ben's sweet 1st birthday hat came from little one boutique!  Thanks Dawn!

my friend Alicia catered the party with one of my ultimate favs, napa salad!

I handmade all of the menu cards...

the kids party table was filled with animal masks and adorable zoo coloring sheets from Nicola at  Twisty Noodle...a website where you can create and print free coloring pages for kids!  62cards created all of the kids party hats!

the polka dot table cloths are from polka dot market!

mommy & Ben...we had so much fun!

Heather from chickabug was so sweet to rush Ben's water bottle labels!

the stripey straws and candy/baking cups are from shop sweet lulu…I am a bit obsessed with this shop and my husband was wondering why packages from shop sweet lulu arrived every week!  I love it!!

the animal encounter was too cute!  Ben met his 1st turtle & bunny!

& everyone got to enjoy the day at the zoo after the party!

thanks to all of our new zoo friends!  Jeannine, Alex & Jen!

we weren't allowed to have balloons at the I ended up using paper lanterns to decorate.  but my balloon wreath made it into the party!  I got the idea from how does she? {love this site!} me & my mother-in-law had fun making the chocolate covered strawberries...{made with love}!

the sweet rainbow gumballs are from another favorite shop... polka dot market.

roaring good time & zoo decorations are once again from 62cards at etsy!

again, thank you to all of the amazing shop owners I got to know while planning Ben's party!

thanks to my friends, Adam & David for taking pictures and for all of my readers at sweet casual style!

we had the best 1st year with Ben and every day is a blessing with him.

I always say...everyday is better with Ben!

enjoy every moment!  xo Corry

Favorite Items

check out the links in the details of all of my favorite items, shops, resources, etc...


have FUN!


Sunday 22nd of February 2015

You left out where you got the animal cut outs from.

free coloring page

Monday 7th of November 2011

I'm really impressed together with your writing abilities and also with the structure for your blog. Is this a paid topic or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is uncommon to look a nice weblog like this one nowadays..

Thursday 9th of June 2011

Such a fun and colorful party!


Wednesday 8th of June 2011

Looks colorful and exciting! And full of yummy treats, too! Not to mention that having the party at a zoo makes everything extra fun. This makes me wish I live near a zoo to make zoo parties like this one possible.