April 17, 2013 02:00 PM

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!
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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.

Courtney Wilson/Bella Photography

— Anya Leon

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