sweet 1st birthday at the zoo {sweet casual style}!

happy sweet 1st birthday baby Ben!

we were so excited to celebrate Ben’s birthday!!  Ben was a miracle and born via surrogate…so we really wanted to celebrate him coming into our lives & turning one {still tear up over our little blessing}!  Ben loves animals…so 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 zoo…so 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



  1. Love it! What a great idea! Super cute! So colorful! I hope Ben had a great birthday!! Thanks so much for your purchase! The birthday hat looks great!

  2. This is so cute, Corry! I love all the zoo-theme touches – the menu cards alone are fabulous! Shared on our facebook wall today – thank you!

  3. Found your post through polka dot market on facebook. What a GREAt party! you did an amazing job, it looks so festive and colorful and all the details are just great.

  4. How FAB!!!! your cards are great!!! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your party! Ben is one lucky little boy and I love all of YOUR smiles in the photos! True happiness!!!!

  5. Oh- posted about this and linked for everyone to read on my blog. Thanks again!

  6. So cute!!! You are so creative!

  7. How adorable!! Everything is so colorful and fun – the cake is fabulous, and I adore the invitation! It looks like Ben had such a great day. : )

  8. Amy-Margaret says:

    WOW — can’t believe Ben is one! Looks like you all had a fantastic birthday! You certainly made it a celebration to remember!! Great job!

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