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Ashley Darby's Baby Dean Turns 1 with an "Amazing" Surf Board Cake

The Real Housewives of Potomac's Ashley and Michael Darby hosted a vibrant tiki party complete with surf boards and a sandy confection. 

By Jenny Berg
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It wasn't long ago that Dean was a teeny newborn swaddled in his mother's arms. But one year later, Ashley and Michael Darby's son is tearing into his own birthday presents and noshing on sandy cake at tiki parties — or one very special tiki party, at least.

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For their little one's first birthday, The Real Housewives of Potomac parents brought the beach to their baby with a theme party that included surfboards, leis, and more. 

Both Ashley and Michael captured the tropical vibes on Instagram. "Our sweet Dean turned 1 today, and we were so blessed to spend time with our loving family," Ashley wrote on July 7. Seemingly wearing the same green skirt she posed in for pregnancy photos last year, the mama beamed against a backdrop of surfboards. Dean also dressed to match the theme, donning board shorts and a Bondi Beach tank top. 

The guest of honor unwrapped his gifts beside an aqua blue kiddie pool set up on the patio. We also got a full view of baby Dean's shark-themed duds as he stood in front of a plant wall with a playful "Tiki Bar" sign on it.  

No first birthday bash would be complete without balloons, and Dean had bushels of them. And as Ashley wrote on Instagram, "What’s a birthday without an amazing cake and a song from your family?" Dean ultimately licked frosting off a confection covered in ocean-blue icing, edible sand, miniature surfboards, and sugary palm leaves. 

As the baby gobbles up the sugar in an Instagram video below, a voice in the background jokes: "I'm gonna be up all night." Live it up, Dean — you only turn 1, well, once. 

Ashley Darby Dean Birthday 1

See more of Ashley's rooftop entertaining space in the video above.

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