The Happy Days actor and his wife, Renee, throw a '50's themed party for their little girl

By Oliver Jones
Updated November 12, 2008 04:25 PM
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There was no Potsie, no Malph. Not even an Al or an Arnold. In fact, any resemblance that Bailey Baio’s ’50’s Sock Hop themed first birthday party had to a certain TV show that made her father famous was purely accidental – and kind of a touchy subject.

Explains Scott Baio’s wife, Renee, “After I started ordering all the decorations, Scott walked into the baby’s room, and is like, ‘Darn you! You know what’s going to happen? Everyone is going to talk about Fonzie and Chachi.'”

“I told him, ‘It’s too late, it’s already ordered,'” adds Renee, who ending up ordering a birthday cake shaped like a pink Cadillac. “He understood and I think it’s fitting.”

As for Baio, 46, the one-time super Hollywood bachelor is discovering that Bailey may be more like him then he bargained for.

“I was frustrated with her because I was trying to get her to take a nap before the party and she wouldn’t do it,” Scott tells PEOPLE. “When I was a baby, my mother tells me I never slept because I never wanted to miss [anything]. She is the same way: she doesn’t want to miss a thing.”

Bailey’s first birthday party was held Saturday at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, Calif., and featured a ice cream float bar, plenty of hula-hoops, and guests such as former Growing Pains star Tracey Gold wearing their finest ’50’s regalia.

But the star of the party, in a poodle skirt and blouse embroidered with her initials, was clearly Bailey.

“She’s almost walking and already has great sense of humor,” says Baio of his daughter. “She also has a short fuse and a bad temper, like me.”

He adds: “She is the life of my party, that’s for sure.”