Gordon’s First – Football Birthday Party

This past Saturday we celebrated Gordon’s first birthday with a NFL playoff party here at the house. We made three kinds of soup served up in Crock Pots with fresh bread and cheese. We mixed up a batch of our signature Orange Slush. The kids played in the ball pit and had a pick-up game of football in the backyard. The birthday boy put on a great “cake smash” show. This was an easy party to pull together. Ill be sharing all of the details and simple DIYs. For now, here are some photos!

Mama treated herself to some DIY football nails.

Tissue pom poms are a cheap, quick and big impact decoration.

Turn a plain white t-shirt into an easy football “jersey.” Nibble on delicious baby boy.

But there’s more…
Make a jersey-shaped cake from two rectangle sheet cakes and decorate in your favorite team colors.

Cut brownies with a football cookie cutter and decorate with leftover buttercream frosting from the cake.

Customize storebought foam fingers with spraypaint and cut vinyl.

Why reinvent the wheel? Pick up some homemade-looking football lollipops.

Bag up some pom poms, mini footballs and lollis for guest to take home.

Watch your little guy discover the joy of sugar.


A party isn’t over until a shirtless baby eats cake from the floor while his mother takes pictures. Shame.

Thanks for all the facebook encouragement on the ball pit. It provided hours of entertainment for all the kiddos!

Is there a football party in your future? Will you try some of these easy projects?




This is amazing and just what I am working on for my sons but have been struggling with jerseys. You executed this party so well. I have almost switched themes a couple of times because I cant find jerseys for them. After I found your page I am encouraged again. Please give instructions on the jerseys this is the hardest part and your turned out so well. Also please tell us how you made the foam fingers. Thank you so much.


Love it!! I'm amazed at how simple the brownies and the nails were, but they have such a big impact. Awaiting tutorials 🙂 Happy birthday, Sweetie Pie!


I can't believe he is already one!!! It seems like just yesterday he was born. Happy Birthday Gordon!

Briana smith

I love this party theme. I want to do for my sons first birthday next month! I was wondering if you have any suggestions on invitation ideas. I would love to see what you used for Gordon!
Thanks so much!


LOVE THIS! I’ve looked through your site for more info on the cake but haven’t found that…. if it hasn’t been posted yet- please revisit the theme for the new football season- we are totally doing this theme, and it’s much easier to copy than to figure it out on your own!! 🙂


This is exactly what I’m trying to do for my sons birthday but can not find a jersey anywhere! Can you please let me know how you made it?


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Hi! I am trying to replicate your cake. 🙂 Did you use two cake mixes per sheet cake pan? Or did you use a standard 9″ x 12″ rectangular pan?


Hi could you please post the instructions for the football cake? Thank you and great job on it!!!


I’m doing a theme like this for my little guy’s 1st birthday and have been looking everywhere for a jersey. Can you tell me where you got your?


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