I had so much fun planning Mara’s first birthday a few weeks ago. I decided on a simple pink and gold theme, inspired by her nursery and baby showers. We also ended up throwing two parties. A brunch party in the morning for Mara’s little friends and their parents (aka our friends) and an afternoon party with our families. The day was pretty hectic so my pictures from brunch are from my phone, but I did snap a few good ones before the afternoon. The dining room was my focal point for the party since that’s where the food was. I set the table using a canvas drop cloth and a yard of pink polka dot fabric. I used some gold striped vases that I made a few years ago for pink almosteria and number 1 balloons. I love using almosteria because it’s so cheap at the grocery store and lasts forever. I also made a tissue paper garland for the birthday girl’s highchair. In the living room I hung a few tissue paper pom poms from the chandelier and decorated the mantel with white, pink and gold. The CELEBRATE banner was another Dollar Spot score, as was the pink candle and pink bottle. I stole the framed prints from the gallery wall in the master bedroom. I love the black and white WW2 postcard, it’s something we picked up in the Churchill museum in London a few years ago. I also made a little display using all of Mara’s monthly photos for the wall in the kitchen. They are actually still hanging up because Jesse and I love looking at them. It’s so crazy to see how much she’s grown and changed in just a year!
For the brunch party we served assorted flavors of muffins (which I baked using a box mix), fruit salad and egg cups with red pepper, onion and sausage. I got the recipe online (can’t remember where), but in the future I’d definitely add more salt and pepper. I found cute little pink easels in the Dollar Spot at Target which I used to label the food. There’s nothing worse than thinking a muffin is chocolate chip and biting in to discover it’s blueberry. We also had a little mimosa bar for the brunch party. I know that there’s an ongoing debate in the mom world about serving alcohol at your kid’s birthday parties, but we figured what the hell. It’s our party too, kinda. I mean she doesn’t remember it already. In the afternoon we had crackers and spinach dip, a veggie tray, pink lemonade and pizza. The pizza was nod to how much pizza I ate when I was pregnant. I had it at least twice a week. At least.
We also did cupcakes and Mara’s smash cake in the afternoon. I baked the cake and cupcakes (from a box) and topped them with pink vanilla icing. I used ramekins for Mara’s cake and iced it more like a naked cake. Mostly to cut back on the amount of sugar.Mara loved being sung too. I’m talking huge, wrinkly nose smile and clapping the whole time. She also LOVED the cake. There was zero hesitation. She just dove right in. She probably ate 1/3 of it before Jesse and I decided she had enough and took it away. We were so exhausted by the end of everything, but were also very glad to have done it all on the same day. Like ripping off a band-aid. A gold, glittery band-aid. Speaking of gold and glittery, for her party I ordered Mara a shirt from The Humble Penguin. I messaged Ashley what I wanted and she made it happen. The shirt is actually available for anyone else that is interested too! You can use code mara10 for 10% off any clothes in the shop.
I seriously had so much fun planning this party. I’m excited for many more years of birthday party fun, especially when she can decide on her own theme.