Mason’s FIRST Birthday Celebration Print Recipe Print Recipe


So much happens in 12 months.

From the whole birthing/newborn journey to raising and teaching this impressionable little being everything you think is important. Loving them endlessly and smothering them with kisses before they’re old enough to tell you no. The true test in patience, especially when they keep everyone up all night, teething (which feels never ending!), throwing their entire dinner on the floor right after you made it, and wrestling diaper changes because us parents always love a good challenge. It’s all a journey, but  a wonderful and memorable journey.

All in all, every day is an absolute blessing with this little one. His smile and big slobbery kisses melt my heart every moment of the day and know I’m the luckiest mama in the world. I love him so much.


Mason turned ONE on November 9th

Celebrating his first birthday was emotional for me.

I had envisioned a birthday party with all our friends, family and their little ones. An opportunity to bring everyone together, feed them and love on our little mace.

Given our situation with my mom, the thought of throwing a birthday party without my family, yeah right. So, I decided to put together a little birthday celebration with just us. Nana, papa, auntie and ben and I. All of Mason’s favorite people.

On his actual birthday we spent the afternoon at the zoo with his other grandparents. Also is favorite people. 


I was in my zone.

I know it’s a first birthday and none of the details make a difference. But this party is just as much for me as it is for mace. If not all for me…




I loved every second of putting this together.

Watching my family sit around while mace “opened” his gifts, all enjoying the room, the food and the moment was simply the best and all I could ask for.



First bite of sugar and well, you could say he liked it. It did take him awhile but he finally got his hands dirty. It was so fun to watch.

Seeing mace pick through his cake and the excitement and his little giggles was my favorite part.



This is one of our favorite salads. If you’re local, it may look familiar. This is basically a gluten-free version of PCC Markets perfect protein salad. I plan on sharing this recipe with you next week because you need it. And you’re welcome.

Along with the protein salad, I made a Chinese chicken salad (from Weelicious Lunches), sweet potato and regular fries, and blueberry donuts (from Baked Doughnuts For Everyone). We had wine and cucumber water, served in mason jars. Obviously.

It was all perfect.





Cake Stand, fry holder and M from World Market
Cake Topper from Sweet and Saucy / Little Cat Design
Water Container from Sur la Table
DIY Garland – inspiration from Oh Happy Day 
Tent (birthday present from mama and daddy) from Land of Nod

Table styled and all food made by me, Lisa Thiele



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  • Sheila Johnson

    Lisa, so precious! Happy One Year little Mason Man 😉

  • azestybite

    What a great party with everyone that you LOVE. I’m going to have to check out that tent.

  • Katie Unger

    Just perfect. Love to you all!

  • Victoria Waterbury

    I love the way you bring us along on your own adventure with your little boy, Lisa! Mason is so precious and quite the little man! Those “daddy pics” are priceless!

  • Colette

    First bdays are so special and they get more fun every year. What a lovely spread you planned.

  • Heather Christo

    It’s so cute Lisa!!! Best belated Birthday wishes for that beautiful little boy.
    I can not wait for the recipe to that PCC salad and thank you for the tips on the baked donut book- Is it for all allergies or just gluten-free?

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    So fun! It looks perfect! Happy belated Birthday to that cute little guy!

  • Kasey

    We just celebrated N’s first – I was so inspired by your photos…esp. your GORGEOUS cake. He looks like such a happy, loving boy. You surround your family with love Lisa and it shows. xo

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  • molly

    i mean sorry i thought you were talking about dark spots i am only 11

  • Bethany Thomson

    Looks like you’ve had a lot of fun! Love the decoration!