A “One Love” Themed First Birthday

When Kennedy turned one, we knew we wanted to do something special for our first child on her first birthday. I wanted a theme, but was seeking something both unique and personal. For those who do not know, I am half Jamaican. That being said, it was a no brainer when we came up with the idea of “One Love”. We instantly loved the idea, but it did have its obstacles. We wanted to make sure it was kid friendly, but also somewhat feminine. Typically colors associated with Jamaica & Bob Marley are Black, Green, Yellow, and Red. Hence, NOT feminine. So, we decided to swap out red for Pink and lean towards more tropical decor which helps incorporate many colors not just those of the Jamaican flag.

The cake by, The Constant Baker, could not have been more perfect! I love working with Maggie because I can simply describe the theme and any colors I have in mind, confirm the amount of guests and she takes it from there. She has hundreds of unique cake recipes so I love also having a flavor that goes with the theme. To stick with the theme of this party she made us a Pina Colada flavored caked (no alcohol involved of course)!

My mother is a Cricut Queen and insistent on making all of the decor for her granddaughter’s birthday. She made a photo booth/ cake smashing backdrop that was to die for.

We purchased bulk florals from Sam’s Club to create centerpieces for each table.

We made little to-go cheerio bags with spoons as a take-home for each little one.

Last but not least, you cannot have a Jamaican themed party without some authentic Jamaican food. My mom whipped up some jerk chicken, rice and peas (which is really beans not peas), curry chicken, mango salad, chicken fingers/fries for the kids.