johnny cash bash

These photos make my heart swell times x a bazillion so today I am selfishly sharing photos of Archer’s 1st birthday (and my 34th) party. I shared a few sneak peeks via but I had shoot so I could enjoy the party and know all the memory capturing was in good hands.

This was my first ever kids party and let me tell you, I was a teensy bit terrified except not the teensy part! I mean, kids and other people’s kids at my house, what in the world will I do with them? First I decided to pick a theme… and Johnny Cash it was! You see, Archer, Johnny, and I were all born on the same day, I wanted a unique theme that the adults would enjoy too, and I love me some Johnny, so it was kind of perfect.

When I started brainstorming about activities and games for the kids I looked to Johnny Cash lyrics. I had the ring-of-fire ring toss, and a that I spray painted and turned into Folsom Prison. Other themed pieces of the party were a “” tent, (that i filled with toys like , , , & ) and the prison line-up backdrop I made for the AmuseBooth Photo Booth.

The best thing we did was hire a live band and they were AMAZING. They’re called  and they covered Johnny for us, naturally. Listening to them, dancing with Rupert, with Archie on my hip, was hands down my favorite part of the day.

Archie getting his first taste of cake was pretty great too though.

I was planning on making Archie’s cake but somewhere between Folsom prison spray painting, and creating a June-esque outfit to wear I was running real short on time so I bought those little angel food cake rounds from whole foods, trimmed around the edges to make them a more perfect cylinder and stacked it three high layering it with icing between. I did make the icing from scratch so I think that was a good time-save/made with love compromise. Plus it turned out pretty darn cute.

The jumbo sized Archie print came from our portrait session with . I might just wallpaper every room with Archie faces.

Our modern pergola got finished just in the nick of time, we set the food up buffet style here.

A bit more fun…And my favorite photo of the day… little Archer (mini Johnny) covered in icing, playing the harmonica (or eating it, basically the same).

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  • Oh Shescorts! He’s such a doll baby! Congratulations on surviving the first year of motherhood. His (and your!) birthday party celebration looked like a ball!

    • thank you jill! and you said it right with surviving! haha. those first 6 months were no joke.

  • Would you mind telling me if this rug is from Ikea? I’m looking at a similar style and I love how this one looks in your home.

    • It’s not the one from ikea… its this one on esale. super similar though.

  • Seriously! So freaking cute!!!

  • oh what a dreamboat of a party!! I never ask this kind of thing but i have been looking everywhere for the perfect white flats for my wedding and would love to know where yours are from!

  • Oh my goodness, this turned out so cute! Looks like the perfect first b’day for Archie — and what a cutie he is! x

  • This is so precious! What a wildly fun day to have all those birthdays : )

  • This is so cute! And something that I will have to keep in mind since my birthday is on the 26th as well! Happy belated birthday to all of us :)

  • Hi Shescorts! When you have a chance, inquiring minds would love a how-to on your concrete pavers with pea gravel! It looks amazing and I’d love to replicate :)

  • […] believe it but our little Archie is 2! This year we skipped doing a party (last year’s epic Johnny Cash Bash was enough to last us two years) and instead celebrated with a day at Disneyland. Before having […]

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