My baby has just turned one, and I had seen so many posts when my older son was born about a Winter Onederland party on my Facebook Mums group. Being in a different hemisphere to most of the American group members, I never had a chance to do this theme with my December boy. But Adam is a July baby and so the winter theme seemed to be perfect for his first birthday party.
Adam's birthday went according to plan after being postponed a week due to chickenpox, and I thought I would share with you some of the details of the day.
The first thing I thought about was the overall theme. Snowflakes, snowmen and penguins are symbols of winter, and the colours blue and white are great for both a winter and baby boy theme.
The wonderful people over at Stuck On You have just released a new party range, and luckily they had some wonderful blue and white options. Everything coordinates when you select your theme, which takes the guesswork out of trying to match everything. As well as colour options there are party supplies based on pirates, fairies, dinosaurs and other fun themes.
The first thing to set the theme was the invitation. Due to some postal delay issues I made up my own invitations on my digital scrapbooking software programme. I then sent them out with the personalised return address labels from Stuck On You, which had Adam's name and address on them. They even provided the blue and white striped envelopes.
When guests came to the door they were greeted by this cute little penguin bow, which my mother made.
The bunting decorations were made myself using some cardstock and an embossing folder. Some of them were hung up on Adam's wall frame that showed Adam at birth and then a recent photo of him, and some of them adorned his high chair, along with his name tag and Party Cup. The Party Cup was such a great idea for the birthday boy to feel special, and the bunting helped to tie in the theme.
We had a table set up for the kids to eat at, and each child had their own place card.
Of course, a massive part of the birthday celebration is the food. I had a table set up, as well as a fun hot chocolate bar, which I thought would be perfect for a winter themed party. The hot chocolate bar had more bunting above it as well. The topping were placed in individual icecream cups and labelled, and I even had Party Dots on the paper cups that said "Enjoy your Hot Chocolate!".
The children didn't miss out either, they had these cute milkshake snowmen with their own straws. The straws also had flags that were labelled "Snowman Milkshake" and the kids got a kick out of drinking straight from a milk bottle.
The food was mostly blue and white or winter themed, and each item had a wintery name. The Party Food Cards made it easy to let people know what they were eating, and it was fun coming up with names for everything. I personally made all of the food except the Snowballs (donuts) and have included recipe links where possible.
Cream Cheese Penguins
Snowflake Cake Pops- vanilla cake dipped in melted white chocolate tinted with blue food colouring and then decorated with cute snowflake sprinkles!
Coconut and Chocolate Cupcakes- these had cupcake toppers on them that said "Winter ONEderland", which really brought the theme together at the table and looked very professional.
And the most anticipated food of all, the cake!
I wanted to make penguins on top of the cake but have had bad experiences with fondant, so I tried making modelling chocolate as per this tutorial. The cake was two layers of my favourite chocolate cake recipe, covered in buttercream than fondant, and topped off with the penguins.
All of the children left with a little goodie bag full of treats and a water bottle- I thought that the melted snow label was very appropriate! The goodie bag consisted of a blue and white lollipop, some snowman snack mix (pretzel rods, marshmallows, jaffas and chocolate chips) and a thank you card. Once again, it was easy to keep the theme together with the matching Water Bottle Labels and Party Dots Cards, as well as the cute goodie bags!
The birthday boy had a fantastic time!
Linking up with Real Family Fun and Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday.
Confetti Sunshine: Hot Cocoa printables.
Kmart: White tablecloths, napkins, paper plates.
Lorraine Lea Linen: Snowflake Placemat (used as decoration).
Stampin Up: Blue cardstock, White cardstock, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Mini Glue Dots.
Stuck On You: Party In a Cup, Party Place Cards, Party Food Cards, Party Water Bottle Labels, Party Thank You Cards, Party Slim Address Labels, Party Bag Toppers, Party Dots Card, Party Dots, Party Straw Flags, Party Cupcake Toppers.
Sweet Pea Parties: Mini Milk Bottles, Baby Blue Straws, Wilton Lollipop Sticks, Paper Eskimo Blue Spots Baking Cups, Paper Eskimo Pastel Blue Spot Party Bags, Mini Lollipop - Blue/White, Regal Ice Fondant Icing - Baby Blue, Regal Ice Fondant Icing - White, Grosgrain Ribbon Spots, Paper Cups, Sambellina Ice Cream Cups, Mini Table Runner.
The Cake Shop: Wilton Pearl Sparkle Gel, Snowflake Assorted Sugar Decorations, Pearlized Snowflake Sprinkles.
*Disclosure: Some of the products here were provided to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.