First Birthday Party Fun

This past Sunday we celebrated Hannah’s first birthday. Her actual birthday is this Sunday, but I thought it would be fun to coordinate Hannah’s birthday party with our July potluck at church. It was a day of good friends, good food, and a refreshing swim in the church pool.

I can’t believe I planned my first birthday party and lived to tell the tale! It was so much more work than I thought it would be, and what I did was incredibly simple compared to the so many talented mommies out there in the blogosphere. I’m proud of what I put together, though, since party planning is really not my thing.

Although I had grand plans to make the cake and cupcakes from scratch, I ended up using cake mix. Thank goodness too, because even that took forever. For the cupcakes I used a yellow cake mix—I’m not a big fan of vanilla—and a chocolate fudge cake mix. And for the cake I used chocolate fudge mix also. The trouble I ran into with the cake mix was that it’s so light that I had a heck of a time moving the cake layers from the pans, to the cooling racks, and then onto the cake plate in one piece. Oh well, nothing that a little frosting couldn’t hide.

And speaking of frosting, I did actually make my own. It was delicious! Not sickeningly sweet like so many recipes out there but definitely sweet enough to satisfy the sweet tooths in this house. I used this recipe and this tutorial with my 1M frosting tip to get the rose effect. It was my first time ever piping frosting and I never had a mess up. Super easy and quick! My only complaint was that I put too much red dye in my batch of pink frosting for the cupcakes and it turned out more coral than pink. At least I got the cake frosting right.

For the table layout, I used two desert towers from Joann’s to display the cupcakes. I didn’t really love the way the yellow and chocolate cupcakes looked side by side but this dilemma was unavoidable since I wanted people to be able to choose from two kinds of cupcakes. The cake was was just a simple two layer cake with frosting, sprinkles, and a target candle. The pictures were Hannah’s birth announcement and her 1 year announcement/invitation. How I love those Costco photo cards! And lastly, one of the table centerpieces, a tissue pom flower, so that the centerpieces on the tables would match the birthday table.

Hanging above the birthday table was a collage of Hannah’s first year month by month. I mounted 5×7 prints on scrapbook paper with double sided tape and then glued them onto posterboard. To make the garland, I traced and cut letters from my scrapbook paper scraps and glued them to a long piece of ribbon.

For the tables I made really simple but somewhat time consuming tissue poms. There are a bazillion tutorials out there, but I came across this video on youtube, which was pretty straightforward and easy to follow. The vases were 79 cents at Ikea!

I didn’t really have a super cohesive theme, but I was sort of going for pink and yellow floral to match Hannah’s dress. Overall I’m pretty pleased with how things turned out. There were a few bumps in the road along the way but I’m just glad that I got everything done and that we had a lot of fun celebrating Hannah’s first year!

8 Comments on “First Birthday Party Fun”

  1. Annie says:

    So Cute. The cupcakes look amazing! Nom Nom Nom 😉

  2. djdustan says:

    It looks like all of your hard work translated into a wonderful celebration for Hannah’s first birthday!

    • Kamisah says:

      I know this sounds satgnre but one of the things that made it with me when I moved from France to the US was my grandmother’s cake stand like this. You may laredy know this but we use them for petits fours and other small bites. We call them “chevalier” which means “knight” because their duty is just like that of knights in the Middle Ages: to serve.In France it used to be one of the “mandatory” items on a bride’s wedding registry.These are gorgeous!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a darling party! How clever you are~
    Hannah will be blessed for years to come from this event, especially as you have kept a record of it all here for her to enjoy!

    • Erika says:

      Ως τυχερός, είμαι φίλος της Κωνσταντίνας Πρώτον τυχερός γιατί είναι απίθανος άνθρωπος Ζεστό χαμόγελο, αγκαλιά Δεύτερον, γιατί όταν μας λέει ελάτε για λίγο από το σπίτι να τα πούμε, το μυαλό μας πάει κατευθείαν λες να έχει ετοιμάσει και τίποτα για τσιμπι-τσιμπι ? Όσον αφορά το crorat κέικ, τι να πω . Παιδιά, προσπαθήστε να το κάνετε Αλλά μακάρι να ήσασταν στη θέση μου, εκείνη την Κυριακή (ή Σάββατο) βράδυ, όπου αραχτοί στο σπίτι της Κωνσταντίνας, μετά από σούπερ φαγητάκι, βγήκε και το crorat κέικ από το ψυγείο Δεν υπάρχουνε λόγια Μόνο μουγκρητά, αισθήσεις γευστικές που σαν να ανοίγονται για πρώτη φορά μπροστά σου Και τα κουταλάκια, να παίρνουν φωτιά Thanks a million Κωνσταντίνα Keep on cooking Keep on posting Κι εμείς θα είμαστε πάντα δίπλα σου, να στηρίζουμε τις προσπάθειές σου χεχε

  4. Hi! I just found your blog its awesome! I was just wondering if you used a pattern for the dress that Hannah is wearing on her birthday…it’s super cute! And i’d love to make one….

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