Today is Finn’s first birthday!  To celebratehis first birthday, naturally we had to have a big party!  And, let’s be honest – a first birthday party is WAY more for the parents than for the kid (do they even have an opinion on theme?).  So, after some brainstorming and google searching – that began with the idea of a “Mustache Bash”, the plan evolved into a super awesome, really fun BEATLES themed party. (BTW – his shirt came from etsy.)

Birthday Boy

I found several “pre-packaged” Beatles themed party packs on etsy, and others on ebay, etc, but wanted to get really custom and pay close attention to detail.  My sister is a designer/illustrator, so I got her started on the invitations and other fun things.  I supplemented her designs with a few other items that I found online.

I am SO pleased with how the party turned out!  Everyone had a great time, and I had so much fun putting it all together.

Kathryn designed the invitation – it incorporated line drawings of the Beatles’ + a line drawing of Finn, with a mustache.  She also included the Union Jack bunting as an homage to The Beatles’ (and her husband’s) homeland of England.

Decor Collage 

The Decor all stemmed from the invite.  We used a lot of stuff from Target (they have great brightly colored stripes and polka dots), the Union Jack bunting, as well as a poster that she created to include the line drawings, etc.  She also made a yellow submarine poster and activity sheet for the kiddos to color.  She just emailed the files and I printed everything out at Office Max and assembled it at home.  We also used old 45’s that we found at a flea market, and had those laying around.  The goody bags included a Kaleidoscope, bubbles, Strawberry Fields Tic Tacs, and a customized CD of Beatles songs.  We had a Yellow Submarine jigsaw puzzle for people to work, and played the Yellow Submarine movie throughout the party.  I also found a great shop on etsy that did custom printables out of song lyrics – I just sent the lyrics I wanted and she created the cool artwork – and they were only $5!  LOVE!!  I put up a pic of Finn’s first photo shoot, and his 1-year picture.

Food Collage

The food was really fun, too.  My sis made the food cards and cupcake toppers – they were super cute!  I just printed, cut and assembled at home – baked our allergy friendly cupcakes, and put it all together.  Everyone got a kick out of it!

All in all, it was a GREAT party – the photo booth (again – another etsy find) was a huge hit, too – and the pictures are hilarious!

So, how did you celebrate your kiddo’s first birthday?  I LOVE to hear party stories!


  1. Oh, I love this! So jealous. I’m thinking I’ll have to do this for my next birthday — 35 isn’t too old to have cupcake toppers and cute sayings for the food, is it? I don’t recall doing anything close to that much fun for my kids. Mostly just a personal (small) cake for the 1st birthday kid to mess up and get silly with and then cake and ice cream for family.

  2. Would your sister be interested in sharing some of her design work? I am also doing this party theme for my one year old and would love to pay her for some design help on the invites! Please email me and let me know. Thank you!


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