A Simple way to celebrate a first birthday

Tobi and Lee live a simple lifestyle but knew they wanted Brixton’s 1st birthday to be a special one. They planned their party in their beautiful home in Maple Ridge with close friends and family for an afternoon of chit chat, snacks, drinks and a not your usual-cake-smash-cake-smash.

Being an amazing cook, Tobi made a delicious mix of decadent and healthy snacks. From your good ol’ chocolate chip cookie to corn bread, veggies and home made onion dip and build-your-own tuna or egg salad sandwiches (umm what a great idea!?).

Grandma even got to Facetime with little Brixton. What a great way to celebrate Brixton’s 1st!

PS. Don’t you love the Rasta coloured theme they got going on?

5 Tips on planning a simple first birthday party

Host your party at home
A great way to keep costs low is to host a party in your home. Shuffle your furniture to the sides to make space and decorate with streamers, balloons and table cloths.

Shop at the Dollarstore
I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite stores is Dollarama. While not everything is $1, this is totally a great way to get those little items like streamers, balloons, letter banners, paper plates, cutlery and napkins

Bake/Cook your own meals and snacks
Even if you’re no Gordon Ramsay, following a simple egg or tuna salad recipe is pretty straight forward. I love how Tobi made giant bowls of filling and included buns on the side so guests could build their own sandwich. This helps limit waste and makes it easy to pack up for leftovers if you need to. Who doesn’t love to build their own sandwich?

You can’t go wrong with Meat & Cheese
So let’s say egg and tuna salad ain’t your thing either, there ain’t nothing wrong with a plate of meat & cheese.

Have a healthy cake smash for your little one
As cute as it is to watch your little 12 month old cover themselves in coloured sugar icing while part of you wonders if this is a good idea, it’ll be just as cute watching your baby devour a healthy butternut squash banana muffin. This healthy option is better for your baby and just as tasty!

Bonus tip for friends attending a kid’s birthday!
It’s super awesome getting cute gifts for baby but even better to gift things like books and money for parents to help save for their education.


My name is Jamie and I have 8 years experience in the industry and have shot over 100 weddings & family sessions. Planning a kids birthday party? I’d love to chat!


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