Joe Nichols’ Daughter Dylan Celebrates Her First Birthday

04/17/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

It’s fun to be one!

Country crooner Joe Nichols and his wife Heather celebrated a major milestone Sunday, they tell PEOPLE: daughter Dylan River‘s first birthday party.

Surrounded by 65 close family and friends, the proud parents rolled out the royal treatment for their princess — who officially turns 1 Wednesday — with a puppet show and festive bubble machine.

But it was the fun face-painting station that received Nichols’ seal of approval — he proudly sported a blue butterfly on his cheek!

Before digging into her celebratory smash cake, Dylan was serenaded by guests who sang “Happy Birthday” — with Dad on the guitar! — followed by a special solo performance of “That Would Be Her” by Nichols.

“1st birthday party a success!!! Smash cake = smashed,” Nichols, 36, Tweeted, sharing a sweet snapshot of his grinning baby girl covered in cake.

Joe Nichols Dylan First Birthday
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— Anya Leon

FILED UNDER: Babies , Exclusive , News , Parties

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Rhonda on


Stacey on

What an adorable outfit on that baby! Love the shoes too!

Anonymous on

Adorable baby!

Pammy61 on

Love Joe! Happy Birthday Miss Dylan – what a cutie!

suzann on

I love it when little girls look like their Daddy.

Carolyn on

Sweet family but I can never understand first birthday parties. They must be for the parents because the child can’t participate or remember it.

Amy on

What a beautiful family!

Sid on

She looks just like daddy! Sweet!

christihacox on

She is adorable! Met him on New Years Day at the Gulf Shores Polar Dip! His family is beautiful!

Anonymous on

Dylan is not a proper name for a girl…sorry guys