Ace’s 1st Birthday Party


Ace’s birthday party was a success! Utilizing one of those clown car miracles, we managed to fit everyone into my in-laws house and amazingly no one was trampled or lost in the chaos…

In-laws, out-laws, and everyone in between were in attendance for what seemed to be the biggest event of the year thus far!

Grandpa S Celebrating!

The pre-show started with Momma running around town picking up the cake and last minute necessities, while Grandma finished cleaning and getting the food ready. I was on kid-duty and fulfilled Ace’s every want and need as if he was a rock-star before the big concert.

Most rock-stars live on the edge and so does mine. During pre-show warm up Ace was practicing his “lets see how fast I can walk” routine. As you all know, walking is a new part of his show and thus he is fairly inexperienced. But the trick is a big crowd pleaser so he insists that it be the highlight of the night! Anyways, during a routine practice something went astray. Balance was lost. Feet got crossed. And Ace took a header into one of the door jams scarring up his baby like face before the show.

Scarred Up

He wasn’t concerned because it gave him a more “tough guy” kinda look. A good PR opportunity at that!

The show started with the ritual pass-the-baby game where poor Ace was tossed around like a cooked spud in a game of Hot Potato only to be returned to Momma or myself when a tear was in sight or an odor was sensed propogating from his lower region.

great-grandma-momma-and-aceGreat Grandma, Ace, and Momma

The second part of the show was the gift opening ceremony where every one in attendance paid their respects by giving something of value to the little celebrity. Ace sat on my lap as I opened a multitude of gifts resulting in a very big score of clothes, toys, gift cards, and money. He was happy and ready to move on to the finale!

dad-and-ace-opening-presentsDad and Ace Opening Presents

After all of the crowd surfing and gift opening, Ace was placed into his throne and the crowd gathered around. The lights were turned down and Momma brought in the flaming candle as the crowd rejoiced by singing Happy Birthday! The candle was blown out and Ace enjoyed his Panda Bear crush cake! (skillfully crafted by his Grandma GG).

birthday-crush-cake-beforeCrush Cake Before

birthday-crush-cake-afterCrush Cake Afterwards

the-crusherThe Crusher!

Everyone in attendance celebrated by eating a piece of the cake and some ice cream before making their way to the door.

awesome-birthday-cakeAwesome Birthday Cake By Hilliard Cake Creations

awesome-birthday-cake-2Awesome Birthday Cake By Hilliard Cake Creations

The big event went fairly smoothly with no major incedents or injuries. Special thanks goes out to everyone that attended, everyone who was kind enough to bring a gift, Momma for the great event planning, Grandma and Grandpa S for hosting the party, GG for making the crush cake, and Hilliard Cake Creations for the awesome looking and tasting birthday cake!


  1. zoeyjane says:

    sounds like it all went well… now, go give your lady a back rub, cuz party planning is tiring bidness! don’tcha just feel like time is running away from ya? i do.

  2. Frugal Dad says:

    Stumbled here from A Man Among Mommies and have enjoyed catching up with your posts. Looks like everyone had a great time at the party (and that was a sweet looking cake!). I’ve subscribed to your site and look forward to future updates – I always enjoy reading another Dad’s blog.

  3. BusyDad says:

    It’s the scar man. Everyone treats you good when you’re sportin a bad ass scar like that. “Say Heylo to my liddle frien!”

  4. Ashley says:

    Oh cool. I have to go check out their cakes now. I’m wanting to make a cake for L – her 1st bday is April 12. Soooo….I was gonna make fondant as the “icing” and then I heard it basically tastes like trash…but yours doesn’t look like fondant, and looks awesome…I need to go find out their secret now so I can see if I can mimic it in my little lab over here. lol. Happy first bday Ace!

  5. Katy says:

    Looks great! Don’t we wish we can be kids again! I live vicariously through my kids.

  6. Aww the face, the poor wee face…!

    but man, he is seriously looking like you nowadays…

  7. Kim says:

    Those cakes look awesome.. and he went from looking like a littly boy to a little man.. when did that happen?? Looks like a great time.

  8. babbo says:

    First of all, Happy Birthday to Ace! And congratulations to dad on an awesome blog.

    I think getting a bruise or a scratch must be some birthday right of passage (at least for boys). I cut my lip during my 3rd, 4th and 5th birthday party. Now that I’m almost 40, I wish birthdays were half as exciting as they were back then (but I don’t miss the cut lip).



  9. Jared says:

    ZJ: Time flies! Where did the past year go?

    FrugalDad: Good to have you reading! I’ll have to check out your blog too. Who wouldn’t want to save a penny here or there! 😀

    BusyDad: Exactly… 😀

    Ashley: It wasn’t was real icing. It was real thick though. Probably like 1/4 inch. I think that is how they made it look so smooth! Ace says thanks!

    Katy: again…a birthday party. Actually I think Momma is throwing me a birthday party this year. It’s for the big 3-0. Ssshhh!

    XBox: You think so? Everyone says that. I just don’t see it. 😀

    Kim: Ya I know. He’s growing up fast!

    babbo: Thanks for visiting! We though we were lucky because he hadn’t got a bruise or scratch all week. We just knew that something would happen before the party. Just thought we were in the clear…until about 2 hours before the party started. 😀

  10. Joe says:

    Dude, that picture of the crushed cake is awesome. I love mashed cake pictures and kids. It seemed like quite a bash and that cake with the glove was amazing. Glad you took pictures of that one. Peace!

  11. Amber says:

    It was a memorable one wasn’t it? Love you guys!

  12. Brandon says:

    Classic! My son also decided to injure his face right before his Birthday party. And just about any other time we have a public event for him. I swear people are going to start thinking that we beat him.

  13. Jared says:

    Joe: Crushed cake is cool! It tastes even better licking it from in between your fingers (not your fingers…my own fingers. That just sounded weird). 😀

    Amber: Yes it was! Thanks for taking some great pictures!

    Brandon: I think it is inevitable. Public event = noticable injury. 😀

  14. Stephen says:

    Wow, those are some great cakes! I love the crush cake! Looks like a good time was had by all, and you have some great photos he’ll be able to look at when he’s older. 🙂

  15. Angela says:

    Love the cakes….and I can not believe he is one! 🙂 I love reading your blogs, I am sending your site to Chrissy! Love ya’ll!

  16. […] Last year Ace had a big birthday party because it was, well,  his 1st birthday. […]

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