A Fun Filled Birthday

A few weeks ago, I was enlisted to help a dear friend with preparations for her son’s 1st birthday party. The theme was Sesame Street, filled with pops of bright colors and fun characters. Her mother is an amazing crafts-woman and gave us step-by-step instructions for assembling the favors.

Cut, cut, cut… Paste, paste, paste…

You’ll see how these darling lolipops doubled as favors, and became the centerpiece at the party…

… Voila!

1st birthday celebrations are big here in Hawaii, and this party was no exception. My friend and her hubby hosted 130+ guests at the Elks Club and the many children in attendance were treated to game & activity stations, a balloon artist, and popcorn, slushie, and soft serve ice cream stations. Of course, hubby and I were right there in line behind the 3 year olds for slushie floats and popcorn!

Lunch was a Hawaiian themed buffet of poi, lomi salmon, mac salad, sweet potato, beef stew, lau lau, chicken long rice, and kalua pig & cabbage.

Haupia, coconut cake, and li hing mui pineapples for dessert. Yum!

I’ve had the pleasure of watching the birthday boy grow over the past year, surrounded by the warmth and love of his parents, brother, grandparents, great-grandparents, and countless aunties and uncles. His mom does it all – she’s an amazing mom, wife, and dedicated to her career.  Congratulations and here’s to many more celebrations to come!

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8 Responses to “A Fun Filled Birthday”


  1. 1 RobynT September 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

    those favors are so cute! and do you know who the vendor was for the popcorn and slushie float? trying to plan my baby’s party too, but only gonna have like 10 kids so trying to think of things that will appeal to adults too.

  2. 4 Er September 4, 2011 at 10:01 am

    It was a great party! :) Loved the Sesame Street theme!

  3. 7 NL September 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Ai, thank you so much for the great write up of Daniel’s birthday party. What really made it wonderful was being able to celebrate with all the people, like you, that made his first year of life so special.

    Thanks again for all your pre-party help!

    • 8 honolulueats September 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Oh my gosh, I had so much fun helping! I’ve gotten so many comments from people who read my blog on how cute the party theme was, and how amazing the favors were. A wonderful job on the party, and it’s been a joy watching Daniel grow over the past year. Just saw the video of him fetching his Dad’s shoes in the morning – SO CUTE.


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