Carsten Turns One!

3 February, 2015
Smash Cake


Smash Cake

Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Carsten is ONE!               *Warning: Baby Spam Ahead!*

So many thoughts that I am thinking and emotions that I am feeling about this sweet boy turning one and being a mom for one whole year.  That post will be coming soon!  For now, I wanted to share some pictures of him celebrating his first birthday!

We decided to keep it small.  Well…I decided.  If it were up to Craig, our house would have been filled with people he met at the grocery store.  We only had our immediate family and a couple of friends over for the celebration and that was plenty enough.

I didn’t do the “theme” thing with the party decorations.  Instead, I used this pack of craft paper for most of the do-it-yourself decor.  I found this book of paper for $5.99 at TJMaxx and for anyone who has ever bought craft paper…they know that this is a great deal!

Craft paper

I created a milestone wall to showcase his monthly pictures and to share when his major milestones occurred (1st smile, 1st tooth, 1st steps…ect.).

First Year Milestone Display

How hilarious are these funny face cupcake toppers?

Funny Face Cupcake Topper

He’s getting good at the whole opening presents deal.

Birthday Presents

That face = heart melting.

Carsten turns one!

The kiddos enjoyed the homemade ball pit.  We bought the blow up pool after last years summer season for $6 and just added the balls!  Ballpit Collage

I made the cupcakes and the cake myself.  They may not be as pretty as the bakery, but they tasted great and they were made with lots of love!

Gender nuetral smash cake

I also made all the garland on the backdrop wall using the craft paper, yarn, paper straws, and a little crepe ribbon.

DIY garland

Shared on Instagram @luchandler

It looks like a lot of work…and it kinda was…but I dig this stuff!

His one year stat board took me the longest to make.

balloon face

I tried to get a picture of him sitting next to it, but we all can see how that worked out.  Haha!


Of course I had to make his royal highness a special birthday crown, because this dude definitely rules this castle!

Birthday crown.

Loves Mirrors

First Birthday

I think he was telling me is done here…

First BirthdayYep…

First Birthday

Finally came smash cake time!  For those of you who are wondering what a “smash cake is,” it is giving the baby free reign to do as he pleases to the cake.

Smash Cake

Smash Cake

Smash Cake

“I’m one!”  He really wasn’t telling us that…he always has that pointer finger out and ready to go.

Smash Cake

Smash Cake

He’s never had cake before so he had no idea what to do with it, but it was still fun!


Smash Cake

Smash Cake

Smash Cake

So much fun celebrating this boys first year of life and we are looking forward to so many more years to come!

Birthday boy


Thank you so much for visiting! :-)



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  • Reply Jesse 3 February, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Cutie patootie! Happy birthday Carsten! I’m so glad he had family and friends to celebrate his first year on earth! :)
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    • Reply Luisa 25 February, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Thank you so much Jesse! Also, sorry that it has taken me so long to respond!

  • Reply Lisa 3 February, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Happy Birthday Carsten, what a special time! Love the cupcake toppers, great idea to add the party hats to them, ADORABLE!!!!! I add pictures like that to my Christmas tree, hang them with fishing line, the grandkids love them. Have a great day

    • Reply Luisa 25 February, 2015 at 6:35 am

      Can’t believe it’s taken me so long to respond…so sorry! Thank you so much for your birthday wishes and for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment. Glad you liked the cupcake toppers and I’ll bet your Christmas tree is so cute with the pictures hanging up on them! Hope that you are having a lovely day!

  • Reply Karen 3 February, 2015 at 4:46 am

    SO Awesome!!! Beautiful little Boy!!!

    • Reply Luisa 25 February, 2015 at 6:36 am

      Thank you so much Karen and thank you for taking the time to leave your sweet comment! <3

  • Reply Lisa at Texas Decor 3 February, 2015 at 5:45 am

    So adorable!!! You are so crafty and I love what you did with that pack of craft paper! Very clever, mama! I know you must spend hours every day kissing that cute little dimple! So sweet!
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    • Reply Luisa 25 February, 2015 at 6:38 am

      Awww! Thank you so much for leaving such a sweet comment. Your words mean so much and make my heart happy! And yes…an unbelievably large amount of time giving hugs and kisses!! Haha! Get em in while I can right? Hope you are have a great day and I am so sorry it has taken me so long to respond.

  • Reply LInda Welch 3 February, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Let Mr. “one year old” Carsten his Auntie Linda and Auntie Luz said happy happy birthday to him!!!! :) :) All the pictures are just beautiful and you done an amazing job with the cake, cupcakes and the decorations!!!! He is such a handsome young man!!!!!!! We love him!!!

    • Reply Luisa 25 February, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Thank you so much Aunt Linda and Luz! We need to take a ride up to visit you all again very very soon!

  • Reply Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer 8 February, 2015 at 2:23 am

    I have saved this post in my inbox because I knew it would be so sweet and today I am finally getting the chance to open and enjoy it! Carsten is SOOOO CUTE! His little smile lights up his whole face. I LOVE the cupcake toppers, my favorite thing of all! Thanks for sharing your special party with us!! XOXO
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    • Reply Luisa 25 February, 2015 at 6:40 am

      Christy! Thank you sooooo very much for taking the time to leave your sweet comment! I know that it is so very hard to keep up with all the blogs, so I feel very special! Hope that you are having an amazing day!!

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