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Elliott’s Red Wagon First Birthday Party


My little guy turning one was such a special occasion. I wanted his birthday to be fun and all boy.

Design Inspiration

I wanted to bring in some nostalgic pieces to create this theme. How much more nostalgic can you get than a Radio Flyer red wagon? I loved the idea of it and wanted to run with it using pieces of gingham, mason jars, etc.

Decorating Style

Clean and simple

Project Details

Fabric Backdrop Tutorial: DIY

Cake: Made by a Friend

Cake Topper: DIY Using My Silhouette Cameo

Birthday Banner: DIY Using My Silhouette Cameo

Birthday Stats Poster: DIY Using My Silhouette Cameo

I Am One: DIY Using My Silhouette Cameo

Red Wagon Rice Krispy Treats: Rice Krispy Treats, Dipped in Red Chocolate Melts. Add Mini Oreo's to the Sides and Finish with a Red Royal Icing

Red Wagon Cookies: DIY Using Cookie Cutter

Cupcakes: DIY

Cupcake Toppers: DIY Using My Silhouette

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser: Walmart

Blue Punch: 365(ish) Days of Pinterest Blog

For more details, visit The Austin Family Diary blog.

Favorite Items

My favorite item was definitely the fabric backdrop. It transformed the area to look more like a birthday party and not just a pool party.


Everything is very doable. If you don't have a Silhouette, you can easily create many of the items using clipart images, a little cutting and gluing. There are many etsy vendors that you can order from to get similar items as well.

Once you narrow down your theme, take the time to figure out exactly what you want to DIY and what you need to purchase. That will help you stay under your designated budget.