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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Max's UNO-themed First Birthday Party

This summer Annalise's little boyfriend turned one. I was so excited to get to help throw a boy's birthday party! The theme was the card game UNO.

I took some photos of him and using Picassa, designed him a birthday invitation to send to all his little friends.




His birthday card was made by scanning the back of one of the game cards.




As Max's birthday gift I freezer-paper stenciled him an UNO shirt to wear to his party. (Idea and tutorial from here.) I've been wanting to try the technique for awhile and it was really fun!




Here he is next to his girlfriend, sporting his shirt. :)



There were color-coodinating balloons,



and Max's mom and I made loads of paper pom poms.


I created an UNO card banner,



and made inexpensive party plates by gluing game cards to dollar store plates.



Little Max's face in a birthday hat made up the cupcake toppers,




and the piece de resistance was the UNO card birthday "cake"! I got the idea to make the centerpiece into a cake out of cards from the idea of diaper cakes at baby showers. The different layers stacked conveniently inside each other for effortless travel to Max's house, where I set it up and then added some shredded-up office paper for "frosting". It turned out great!

                           

This party made me so excited to get started on plans for Annalise's first birthday party!

35 comments:

  1. What a darling party....I love that cake..so many clever ideas! Makes me wanna play uno!

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  2. Such a cute idea! I love what you did:)!!

    ~Julia

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  3. Awesome idea! It turned out great- so adorable!

    -Kendall
    Songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com

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  4. WOW - this is adorable! I am loving that shirt!

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  5. This is just amazing!!!! WOW!!! I love the cake and the theme!!!

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  6. LOVE this party idea! Everything is so well done!
    From the Cake to the T shirt!I That party looks like it was a blast!!!!

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  7. This is so freakin' clever. I love this! Could work for 21, 31, etc. The cake is so perfect. This whole thing is so well done.

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  8. I have seen a ton a first birthday ideas, but this is truly unique! I think that cate is adorable, and the cupcake toppers are my favorite!

    http://www.krulls.blogspot.com

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  9. What a great idea! Love it! Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  10. I just LOVE this idea! I am going to feature it next week on Thrilling Thursday. Come by and grab an "I Thrilled on Thrilling Thursday" featured button if you would like :)

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  11. Jessica! This is so creative; I just love it! You picked your theme and stuck with it - I bet we'll be seeing more "UNO" parties popping up, all inspired by your ideas! :)

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  12. my husbands birthday is in a few weeks and i think he would love something like this

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  13. This is so cute - love the "cake" centerpiece!

    Melissa
    http://www.burstsofcreativity.blogspot.com/

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  14. That cake ROCKS! And so does all the rest of it. You're a genius! :)

    Corinna

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  15. OMGosh, that party was just adorable. Love all the decorations you made. The cake is absolutely the piece de resistance Ÿ

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  16. What a fun party! I have fond memories of UNO games back in high school! Very very fun! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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  17. I am totally featuring this at my blog! I LOVE it! Thanks for linking it up! Have a great day!

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  18. So clever! What a cute birthday party!! I love the tower made out of cards!!

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  19. What a great party! We will be having a 1-year old party soon. These are great ideas!

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  20. SOOOOO CUTE! I'm featuring this one on my blog as we speak! (errrr, as I type i mean....) :) smallfineprint.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh my goodness! This is coolest party!

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  22. My son's birthday is in two weeks and we've been actually wanting to do an uno themed party, we just have been unable to decide how to decorate....until now! thanks for the great ideas!

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  23. Nice theme for the party really liked it. Where did you got the t-shirts, did you custom print them or got them from a local store?

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  24. I made the t-shirt using freezer-paper stenciling. You can find a tutorial for freezer paper stenciling if you Google it! (The tutorial I used is found on the blog of link I provided above.) It's easy and very cheap! :)

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  25. What a creative and adorable party!! I love it! ~nancy~

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  26. This is so awesome! I was looking for a way to do my son's UNO birthday party and found this page. Glad I wasn't the only one who thought it was a cute idea! Great ideas thank you sooo much! Happy Crafting :D

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  27. I LOVE this cake! I think it would work for my 9 year olds cake, too!

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  28. love your Uno theme. I shared on my games night post http://bit.ly/xhS9u0. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. Love the Uno theme... how did you get the cards to stand, for the cake, layered like they are? Cut out circles of cardboard? (what is holding up each "layer" of cards?

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  30. what did you use as goody bag favors?

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  31. I am planning on an UNO party for my son next month and am trying to recreate your UNO card "cake". Did you buy styrafoam levels? I'm having a hard time understanding the structure of it and how it is stacked. Thanks so much for any help :)

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