A Hula Good Time - Hawaiian Luau Inspired First Birthday


In the weeks (ok, months) leading up to Morley's 1st birthday, the weather had been so crummy here in Toronto. We were in need of a little colour and sunshine in our lives, so a Hawaiian luau themed 1st birthday party only seemed appropriate.

Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party
Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party

To be honest with you, I had grand plans to make this party all "Pinterest-y" and one to be remembered. Then, real life took over and my fancy plans got put on the back burner. But, despite the lack of crazy decorations and Hawaiian-themed food, I'd say it the party turned out pretty amazing. And still one to be remembered. Baby girl sure is loved.

A big THANK YOU to everyone that helped make this day so special for our little girl. She is so loved.

And now, for an overload of 1st birthday cuteness...

Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party
Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party
Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party
Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party

One of my favourite parts of the party was the photo book that I made through Shutterfly. I filled it with all of our favourite family photos from the past year, a poem we had written Morley about her first year and plenty of space for family and friends to leave a special note.

The book was fun to make, like a walk down memory lane. It was also a huge hit, which makes me think it will become a yearly tradition. And one we can't wait to share with Morley when she gets old enough to read, and understand, the messages.

Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party

The amazing Hawaiian-themed cake was made by very talented friend of ours. She really needs to go into business with her cakes, cupcakes and cookies. The cake was too pretty to smash, but delicious to eat. Check out her blog here

Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party
Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party

The smash of the actual smash cake was pretty anticlimactic. Is it ever as exciting as you think it will be? Apparently Morley has her mom's salty tooth, and not her dad's sweet tooth. 

Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party
Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party
Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party
Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party
Hawaiian Luau Themed First Birthday Party

How will I ever top this party?!

How do you escape the crummy weather? I'd love to hear!