It’s hard to believe, but Pinterest wasn’t even a thing when my son and daughter were little. If it had been, well, I’d have done a better job of planning their first birthday parties! I’ve often thought over the years that I didn’t exploit the fact that they have no expressible opinion at that age, so I could have essentially done whatever I wanted to do for just one year. So, between her Ralphie inspired pink bunny first Halloween costume last fall and wedding-esque first birthday party, I think I may have made up for a little of what I lost with the other two. I may just be able to make it through the next several years of Dora, polka dots, and animal print. Or not. Probably not.
As you’ve probably already surmised, we celebrated our sweet, tiny girl’s first birthday this past weekend. I took some time away from the blog to research her party, construct a tablescape, order a custom outfit and invitations from Etsy, flowers from a florist, and some other decoratives to make it a beautiful and rustic first birthday. I want to show you all the details because I love to share these things with you along with all the other things we regularly have on tap and, also, because this is something you can easily pull off yourself.
Custom Onesie (name and number) and Tutu from le Petite Posh on Etsy $50.95
Pink and Mint Floral Birthday Invitation from Paper n’ Peonies on Etsy $15
I had them printed at Staples for $19. Right now they have an offer to save 20% off Cards and Invitations with coupon code 85067. I used the create your own 5×7 one-sided portrait cards. It only took about 10 minutes and they did a beautiful job.
I bought two bouquets from a local florist, broke them down into smaller bouquets, and picked out some roses to decorate the cake. I ended up piecing the remaining flowers together for a full bouquet, too. They were lovely. So, so lovely.
Teleflora Cotton Candy Bouquet – Standard Size – $32.95
Teleflora This Magic Moment Bouquet – $47.95
I used a 90×132 White Economy Polyester Tablecloth I bought from LinenTablecloth for $5.18. They have lots of other sizes and their prices cannot be beat. Along with that, I used a Burlap Runner I picked up at Walmart for $8.
From here, I dotted 10″ Wilton Paper Doilies ($2 at Walmart.com – cheaper than in store) along the runner on either side of the Wood Slice Cake Stand I bought at Sur La Table for $59.95. They have other beautiful complimentary Wood Slice Serveware, too – coasters make nice bases for the votive candle holders.
And since someone is sure to ask what I did with it, so I want to point out that you’ll see my Pioneer Woman Timeless Beauty 10″ Cake Stand in some pictures, but we didn’t end up using it. It’s a Jadeite color green and I didn’t have coordinating jadeite pieces to tie it in. I planned to do that, but was pressed for time. It would have been lovely with the pink/mint theme I had going.
I placed my tiny girl’s special healthy 3 ingredient cake on my 9″ White Scalloped Cake Stand from Pier 1. $14.95.
Also dotted around the table, there are 5 Silver Mercury Glass Votive Candleholders I picked up at Amazon. I liked the assorted styles vs. buying 6 of the same. $39.95. I only used 5 because I didn’t like the globe style of the 6th. I’m no decorator, but it didn’t seem to tie in well to me.
I also bought a lot of Milk Glass Vases and Compotes on eBay. $23. I used 2 Bud Vases, one regular Vase, and 3 Compotes.
For the remaining two bouquets, I used white acrylic paint on a couple of Quilted Ball Jelly Jars I already own. After the paint dried, I rubbed them lightly with a piece of, get this, printer paper to give them a distressed look. It worked just fine. In all, I had 6 bouquets of flowers.
We didn’t do anything fancy for the plates. I used Chinet. We only needed white, so that worked out perfectly.
For the food (standard grill fare), I used the two sets of Better Homes & Gardens 2 piece Rectangular Serving Platters I already own – $22.20 each set. Two Compotes were filled with fruit salad, and the other with plastic cutlery.
This is one of the standard cakes I make for my kids’ birthday parties – Duncan Hines Delicate White Chocolate Cake. I only follow the cake directions. For the filling, I always use Henry & Henry Red Raspberry Filling. The frosting is the classic Buttercream Icing recipe (below) I’ve used for years. I’m a big fan of white/raspberry wedding cakes, so I always make one of these cakes for either my son or daughter each year.
I used two 10 inch round cakes and two 8 inch round cakes and stacked them. Underneath is a Wilton 12″ Silver Cake Platter and 12 inch Doily. It wasn’t what I intended to use, but it was what I had on hand and it coordinated with the votives.
- 1 stick Crisco
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 2 tsp clear Vanilla Extract
- 7-8 cups Confectioners Sugar, sifted. If you don't sift, use less.
- 4 tbl Milk
- Cream butter and Crisco. Add vanilla and milk. Blend. Begin adding confectioners sugar, one cup at a time, until it is dry, but not so dry that it's crumbly. Use immediately or cover bowl with a damp cloth.
- *For this cake, I assemble the layers with filling and use icing only between the stacked layers because it can't be seen, so it doesn't need to have any kind of finished look. Then I freeze the cake for several hours, so that when I frost it, it doesn't crumble with the heavier icing. After it's sufficiently frozen, I frosted the cake. The icing will freeze somewhat. That's ok. After frosting it somewhat smoothly, I run the cake spatula under hot water and smooth the frosting on the cake for a satiny finish. Granted, I'm no professional, but it looks perfect for a rustic theme when I'm done.
The entire party cost a total of around $350 + the cost of food and beverages we typically incur for any party we have. It was so worth every penny. I’m going to dry some of the flowers and keep the flower from her skirt for her to use as her something old, maybe, when she gets married. Tears.
Happy Birthday, my sweet, precious, and beautiful, Anna Banana.
Inspired by Kara’s Party Ideas.