Can I start by saying I cannot even believe that we just celebrated Madeline’s first birthday!? I blinked and it was here. That being said, I feel like I’ve been planning it forever! I came up with the theme in April and booked our venue in August, so it was a long time in the making! I hope you enjoy it just as much as we did!
For her first birthday I took a departure from all things pink and went with a Winter One-derland theme! Given that she’s born at the end of January it was perfect and so cute! It was very easy to pull together given that I got a lot of great decor on sale after Christmas. 🙂
We chose to have her party at The Giggle Lounge. This is a local business owned by my mama friend, Traci! It is an adorable indoor baby/toddler play land with rooms to rent out for parties. On top of it being our favorite place to play, they make birthday parties so easy and extremely reasonable for parents!
A party at The Giggle Lounge includes decor and balloons. We also brought some in ourselves for personal added touches. I have a friend who is a graphic designer who made this amazing board, as well as these photos of her when she was one day old and now one year old – I think they were the perfect touch! (She also made the invitations- which are featured on their site!)
I decided I wanted to make, what I am calling, a garland of faces as a backdrop. I had printed out photos from her first year that were all face shots. I chose to print them in black and white so they would all match. To ensure they were all the same size I used the top of a quart container to measure out circles from scrapbook paper. I put silver circles on the bottom, blue and green on the top of that and then glued it all together with the photo on top. I hot glued all the circles together with to ribbon and voila!
Our favors were fun to make! I used piping bags that you’d use to decorate a cake with and filled them with hot chocolate powder and mini marshmallows for the adults. For the kids I used the same bags, but filled them with EZ Snow. This is powder that when mixed with water will make snow. It’s cold like snow, but feels more like kinetic sand. I thought it would be really fun! These were a great way to say thank you “snow” much for coming!
The Giggle Lounge also includes a craft for the kids to do. In keeping with the theme- I wanted to have a “Do you want to build a snowman?” craft! They came out great!
For the food we chose a brunch theme; coffee bar, bagels, fruit, yogurt parfaits. I loved making this chalkboard sign to dress up the coffee bar.
And of course- cupcakes for dessert! Yummy and they are amazing!!! Dolce and Biscotti did an amazing job. Madeline tried her first cupcake- she was pretty happy. 🙂
We loved being able to spend time with our friends and family celebrating this little girl. I didn’t have to worry about a thing and was able to just take in the moment. Happy Birthday Princess! 🙂