Slam Dunk Basketball First Birthday Party

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“He shoots, He SCORES!!” and we are going wild about this Basketball Themed Slam Dunk first birthday party by Andrea of Coquette Events. Following her clients lead, Andrea incorporated the family’s love for basketball and modern sense of style, while still keeping the party fresh and youthful.

From the basketball cake pops and fondant cupcake toppers, to the concession stand food – which included fried chicken wings and hot dogs with all the trimmings and much more, the “first season highlights” photo bookshelf, to the amazing Mini Air Jordan Cookies, this party was a slam dunk! We’re also loving the super fun mini basketball and popcorn party favors and athletic storage bins which displayed them.

Cake Smash and Dessert Table

Basketball Cakepops and Mini Cupcakes

Read on for more adorable & creative “First Season Highlights” and “Slam Dunk” pictures. . .

Dessert Table

Dessert Table

Party Favors

Invite and backdrop

Food and Fixins'

Party Decor

First Year Photos and Food

Party Favors



PARTY DETAILS, as told by Andrea…

“Our client came to us wanting a contemporary baby friendly party. As we discussed the different theme options, she kept going back to how much her husband loves basketball. So we decided on a baby blue, white, and orange color scheme. Thinking a soft print would help balance an orange basketball, we played around with stripes, polka dots, and finally landed on argyle and polka dots. The prints acted as the background to Todd’s basketball backboard announcing his big birthday.

We carried the look of the invite throughout the party with a patterned banner and customized stickers for the concession stand inspired buffet. The menu included salt and pepper fried chicken wings (that were a huge hit), hot dogs with all the trimmings, chili over rice (daddy’s favorite), macaroni salad, and Japanese somen noodle salad.

Todd’s photos were set up in a bookshelf to show “Todd’s First Season Highlights” with labels detailing his baby milestones.

The dessert table was so deliciously pulled together, the guests were hesitant to start eating from it. Sweets were on the top of the priority list and we worked with two different vendors to pull it all together.  Love Bites Bakeshop provided us with snickerdoodle cupcakes, which were topped with “Slam Dunk” and “Sweet Shot” flags, chocolate chip cookie sandwiches, and mini chocolate cupcakes that were topped with fondant toppers from Dream Cakes by Maggie. Maggie was also the talent behind the basketball cakepops, Todd’s giant cupcake smashcake, and the beautifully decorated sugar cookies. The sneaker cookies were inspired by Dad and Todd’s favorite basketball shoes. Mom added her own special dessert, Japanese mochi. The finishing touch was the backdrop, which was made up of foam boards covered with basketball textured vinyl.

Guests were invited to enjoy two different party favors, chocolate caramel corn and basketball stress balls. Both items were features in white locker bins with cute messages. “Thanks for taking a time out to celebrate my 1st birthday. Love, Todd” and “ Thanks for coming. Hope you had a ball.”

Vendor Credit
POSTED BY:Jessica W.JESSICA WILCOX of Modern Moments admits to being kept awake by new creative ideas.

16 responses to “Slam Dunk Basketball First Birthday Party”

  1. Marlika says:

    This is a very nice theme the shoes are adorable.

  2. Shanta' says:

    I think this theme is amazing! My son is only one month old and i’m already to plan his first bday bash using this very theme….
    Very smart and creative two thumbs up!

  3. says:

    Those basketball cake pops are so cute! Love this birthday party theme!
    Star Hughes Living

  4. Yay for boys! Love it! Love all the little details.

  5. This was just too ingeneous, I love it!!!!!!!!!

  6. lulu alvarez says:

    I love this awesome party……….

  7. Cindy says:

    lol I thought the plastic mini-balls are food. This is a fantastic party. :D

  8. Katie McFarland says:

    I wish this were a baseball theme. I’m working on planning my sons first bday bash with baseball in mind. I think I can get a lot of ideas about it here but I’d LOVE to see a modern baseball theme.

    • katie says:

      I wish this were a baseball theme. I’m working on planning my sons first bday bash with baseball in mind. I think I can get a lot of ideas about it here but I’d LOVE to see a modern baseball theme..

  9. elaine says:

    Where can I find the basketball material used for the board where the happy birthday sign is in the photo?

  10. star says:

    do you mind sending me all the things in the favors and desserts ? =) oh and the places you got the food from

  11. Jen Pulaski says:

    Love all the details!! Can you tell me where you purchased the happy birthday banner, and the mini-basketballs?

  12. Corine says:

    Where did you do your printing at?

  13. Rachel says:

    Can you send me the information on where you ordered the mini basketballs used as favors from?

  14. Kristiana says:

    FYI, Love Bites Bakeshop is now
    They are seriously the best cupcakes I’ve ever had!

  15. Sherry Junior says:

    Looking for those mini basketball can you please share