17 Feb

Incredible Ombre Surf 1st Birthday Brunch

Little Surfer First Birthday Party - Dessert Table & Cake

This stylish OMBRE SURF BIRTHDAY BRUNCH that Ashley of Ashley Rose Photography created for her adorable son Crew is nothing short of incredible! And how smart to feature so many fun food stations that both kids and adults are sure to love – including a cereal bar, a pancake station with all the fixings, and a loaded drink station complete with chocolate milk shots for the kids and mimosas for the adults!

There are so many whimsical, creative details to be found in this darling first birthday party… from the ombre dipped cutlery and hand painted place settings to the large kraft paper photo collage and the shark fin cake pops displayed in trays lined with goldfish. One of my favorite elements has to be the beautifully styled dessert buffet showcasing Crew’s new surfboard and overflowing with incredibly yummy desserts. I also love the stamped muslin bags filled with blue shark gummies (Every surfer’s worst nightmare is much less scary in candy form, right?)! ;)

Little Surfer Birthday Party - Drink Station with Milk & Juice Carafes in a Bathtub

Keep reading for lots more amazing photos + party details…

Ombre Surf Birthday Party - Boxed Invitations

Surf Birthday Party Favors - Blue Shark Gummies

Pancake Station with Toppings - Surf Birthday Party

Coffee Station with DIY Stir Sticks & Creamer - Surf Birthday Party

Mimosa Station with Blue & White Stripey Straws

Chocolate Milk Shots for a Kids Birthday Party

Shark Fin Cake Pops in Goldfish Trays - Surfer Birthday Party

Shark Fin Cake Pops - Kids Birthday Party

Surf Party Dessert Station and Cereal Bar - Cocoa Puffs

surf themed birthday party cupcakes & desserts + dipped utensils

Little Surfer First Birthday Party Blue Ombre Cake & High Chair


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Ashley

“My husband loves surfing and for Crew’s 1st birthday gift from us we had a surfboard made for him, complete with a bright blue 1 painted on it and his baby feet (imprints from the hospital) on the bottom of the board. When I actually saw the completed board I burst into tears! I adore it! He will actually be able to ride it (in a few years) and he can keep it forever. So anyways that is how we knew we had to throw him a Surf Party and because I am a crazy perfectionist I wanted to throw some other fun elements into it. Hence the OMBRE Surf Theme. I must say the girls at posh paperie were truly my biggest source of inspiration and help! They contributed sooo much and I am so grateful for Elizabeth & Karrie!!!

It all started with the invite! K & E completely designed everything for this beauty! I knew I wanted hand drawn fonts and that was about it. They came up with the most amazing invitation ever, seriously so blown away by how creative they are!!! They created Kraft Boxes (with a beautiful blue ombre address wrap) filled them with shades of blue sand. In each box were 3 little cards. One said Crew is ONE. The next one was all the party info and the last one was a lil sizing help. Saying our ‘Little Grom’s sizing is… ‘ . We have a big guy, so he has been out of 12 month clothing for quite some time. I knew I needed to let people know this. Onto all the decor details!

I tied in the ombre (graduation of color) theme into the party in several areas. Three shades of blue table cloths covered the party table. Then I created a kraft paper extra wide runner/table cloth to go over each table as well. I hand painted each place setting onto the kraftpaper along with shades of blue waves.

Each table had a juice jug filled with sand anchoring giant round blue balloons. Strewn about the tables were mini blue beach pails filled with goldfish and painted number 1’s on them. Each painted place setting had ombre dipped bamboo cutlery wrapped in twine on it.

We had milk, oj, apple juice, mimosas (for the adults) and chocolate milk shots! And of course coffee, lots of coffee.

I wanted fun foods for kids so what better than a cereal bar! I ordered super cute cereal ‘bowls’ trays from GARNISH (actually I bought a ton of super cute party supplies from them!) and had a ton of cereal complete with a jar of milk to top them off!

We had a pancake (and waffles too!) station, tons of toppings to add on plus fruit cups (shark fin toppers), granola bars, and muffins!”



– Photography: Ashley Rose Photography
– Desserts: My Sweet and Saucy
– Paperie: (invites and labels) Posh Paperie
– Party Supplies: Garnish
– Rentals: Signature Party Rentals (tables and chairs)
– Dessert table – Found Rentals
– Everything else was a personal labor of love :)

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Is the ‘I’ll love you forever…’ from a book? I love this!

Reply March 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Alicia Camacho Lawlor SAYS:

I have to remember this. All the little details are perfectly awesome :)

Reply June 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Heather - Chickabug SAYS:

So cute! This party was so well done! My favorite part is the shark fin cake pop – so original! I featured them on my blog in a post about Shark Party ideas. They were so cute I had to share! : )

Reply August 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

Cacey SAYS:

I love this. My little ones first birthday is in march and this is the theme we are going with. I love the breakfast food idea!

Reply January 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm

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