Niko's 1st Carnival Birthday Party!!!

I can't believe this past June my little baby turned 1 !! Honestly, where does the time go.

For his birthday we threw him a Carnival themed party at our home in Beverly Hills. I knew exactly what I wanted, designed and sourced the entire birthday myself- no party planner. It was the first BIG party I ever threw and I have to pat myself on the back for this one, It was everything I wanted for Niko and more.

Here is a video done by the photographer / videographer Lori Dorman. Her team is truly amazing and I'm so thankful to have this amazing video to cherish forever.  After the video Ill list what vendors, websites etc I got everything from.

To watch the video in larger size please lick the direct link below

Niko's First Birthday!


Lori Dorman




Niko's Birthday Video

Niko's Custom Carnival Light Up Letters

I found The light up carnival letters on etsy and chose to go with a gold background and a combo of blue, red, white and gold letters.

Here is the direct link to what I ordered for Niko

I plan on reusing the Carnival letters for another birthday party in the future and Im going to hang Niko's name in our play room and have the same company make Tino's name as well.


Balloon Tunnel by

Balloon Lagoon

The sesame street characters are from a company called

Send in the Clowns

. Through them I got my juggling clown who also makes balloon animals, my kids DJ who was awesome, the Build a Bear station which was a HUGE success amongst everyone there, my cookie decorating station, a hand print station, a photo booth which prints the pictures right then and there and some staff to help check people in and run the stations and the 3 sesame street characters which Niko was obsessed with- literally wouldn't leave them alone.  They were a really great find.

All of the fabulous BALLOONS!!!!

Again,  I chose to go with

Balloon Lagoon

in Los Angeles bc they offered the best price on the Balloon tunnel I HAD to have. From there the owner Van designed a bunch of table center pieces to help fill the space of the tremendous 50'x40' Carnival tent we rented from

Delrey Rentals.

  I also rented my table, chairs and linens from them.

The beautiful backdrops I had behind the cake table and gift table are by a small company called The Designerie ( along with the huge wooden ferris wheel that held the cupcakes and wooden carousel.

The beautiful cake make to match Nikos birthday invitations is by

Royal Cakes

located in Glendale CA

I had these custom "goodie bags" made on Etsy along with custom water bottle labels, hotdog holders and a few other bits and pieces.

This is the shop I used

These adorable wooden kids picnic tables I found on amazon for about $60.00  They were soooo cute and Im going to reuse them in the playroom as well as outdoors for my boys.

The  carts you see in the background are form a company called

Barts Carts. 

I had a popcorn stand, cotton candy stand, lemonaid stand, hotdog stand, icecream stand, juice/ smoothie stand, An entire BBQ area, French fry stand and a few others!

This amazing vintage style kids train was also from

Send in the Clowns


Niko loved it!

Beautiful Cake by

Royal Cakes


All the plates and matching cups, napkins etc came from Downtown LA. You wouldn't believe what you can find down there.

And Finally Nikos amazing custom party invitation that I designed!!! I have used this company for my Baby Shower as well- she does the most amazing work!!! Each invite was packaged in a custom box with Niko's name on it..

Handmade by Odette

This was my Baby shower invite for  Niko.

If there is something you see that I didn't list the vendor, please ask in the comment section.

Here are some of the beautiful pictures taken at the party by 

Lori Dorman Photography

(who also did my maternity shoot, and Niko's smash cake shoot)

You're 1 baby!!!!!

My Aunt Patty and Uncle Bob

My brother

My bestie from NY

My Dad

My mom

Cake from Royal Cakes La.

Photobooth with my brother and carnival props!

Build a Bear Station!!!! My Favorite

Fresh Lemonade stand from Barts Carts.

Best Balloon Tunnel. Everyone loved it.

28 feet by 13 feet

Necklace details below

Obsessed with the 3 sesame street characters.

Outfit details at the Bottom.

Cookie monster handed out chocolate chip cookies

A few extra details:

My dress is from Kyle by Alene too

My "Niko" necklace is by

Niko's crown is by

Niko's & Alki's matching Bowties are by


All photography by Lori Dorman

Niko's Gift area


I bought the mini gum ball machines off easy but you can find them on amazon as well. I bought mini gum balls to fill for color.

The Elmo tin pales I got down town LA and stuffed them with treats, toys, books and things

I bought a series of foam Sesame street board books in Bulk off

and the quality was actually amazing

I also bought in bulk Organic snacks from

Happy Family Brands

 and stuffed all individually wrapped goodies into Niko's custom goodie boxes and Elmo tins.

We also gave away Happy Puffs full size which the kids LOVED!

But I must say the books were a hit- not 1 was left!!

Custom Cake pops and Carnival cupcakes by

Jamie Cakes

Carnival Cupcakes

PArty Favor area done by The Designerie. Contact info at the top.

Those Puffs were a hit!!!

Carts from Barts Carts

Fresh Fruit smoothies

Custom Water bottle labels bought on Etsy


Check in!

Entrance and Security ;)

Cake by Royal Cakes LA

The Build A Bear Station and some of the choices!

Build A Bear station under the mini tent!

Niko's Build a Bear station from Send in The Clowns LA.

Cake by Royal Cakes LA.

The goal for Niko's Party was to have something for everyone. Sure he's just 1 and will probably not remember it, and yes its a celebration for the parents as well of getting through the first year but Niko really enjoyed himself and had a good time ( maybe a bit in shock lol). He would not leave Elmo alone, He loved the train,  the Older kids over the Pinyata, cookie decorating station and Build a BEar station, everyone enjoyed the DJ, Carts and Food . There was really something for everyone to enjoy.

A big Thank you to everyone who made this special day possible, from my Aunt Patty and Uncle Bob, to my Family and friends who flew in from NY, to all the Vendors and everyone who came.


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