My Daughter's 1st Birthday Party was the most fabulous fun, especially the planning side of it!
First of all I had to plan a theme - at that time, my daughter was obsessed with 'In the Night Garden'.
So I planned on having the 'garden' side of this in her party as I didn't want to over-commercialise the theme. I spliced in some pretty pink dots and we had the party look established!
|Pink & Pretty!|
BUT I did learn a lot of lessons from planning this party too! I wanted helium balloons floating everywhere around the room with pretty pink curling ribbon hanging down from them - kind of creating a floating jungle effect, however, I left it to our local florist to do on the morning of the party... and she never turned up!
Lesson 1. always hire a helium tank so you can do it yourself!
Then I had ordered the most amazing faux grass table cloth to really give the garden them some real punch... but I left it outside the night before the party and it rained... it was so wet the next day, we couldn't use it! Thankfully I had a cheap pink plastic back-up... but it didn't look anything like it would have with the grass tablecloth - it also meant I had to tone back the decoration to be more simplistic so it didn't clash with the pink tablecloth - however it did make the cupcakes stand out much more!
Lesson 2 - set-up the decorations and table setting the night before so you know nothing is missing.
In my quote sourcing I discovered the most amazing cupcake and cake artists! Two sister's who run Mio Cupcake & Cakes! Their portfolio is amazing and I knew they were the people I wanted to make my daughter's cake. However, due to their amazing creations they book out well in advance so I had to sacrifice getting a cutting cake made on top due to me not booking ahead!
Lesson 3 - Start planning things like cake and catering a month in advance!
But cutting cake aside, the cupcake's were a masterpiece all on their own!
|Mio Cupcakes & Cakes|
|The yummy fruit, marshmellow's and sponge - ready to be smothered in yummy swiss chocolate!|
|The very popular chocolate fountain!|
It was a 10am party so it was really a morning tea/ brunch affair. But we knew not everyone wanted such a big sugar hit so early in the morning so I arranged a bulk order of sausage rolls and spinach and fetta triangles from our local bakery for the savoury lovers - this was a fabulously tasty and fuss free option for food. My only regret was I didn't have a pretty platter to put them on and they looked a little 'ordinary' on the beautiful party table - especially alongside the amazing cake.
Lesson 4 - Always make sure you have something to serve the food on that matches in with the theme - white is great because you can put it with almost any theme. The other great option is disposable serving plates which come in so many beautiful styles now and you don't have to worry about washing up afterwards!
All in all... a few hiccups aside, the party was a wonderful success!
There were no other little people at the party, so instead of games I arranged for family photo's with the birthday girl and sent these off to all the guests afterwards via email which everyone really enjoyed!
A casual and relaxed affair that our little girl enjoyed every moment of!
|Birthday Girl fast asleep after a perfect party! xoxo|
Cost (of everything) - $350
Number of guests - 20
Duration - 2 hours