Here’s what Emily said about planning the party- “Ariella is our little winter baby, with her birthday falling in the first week of January. Even though we live in Los Angeles and it’s not technically freezing over here, I still loved the idea of making a ‘winter wonderland’ themed 1st birthday party for her. I’d seen quite a few winter wonderland parties floating around on the web, but I didn’t want recreate those typical winter parties with penguins, polar bears, and igloos. Instead, I had the idea in my head for a rustic/shabby chic winter wonderland party that still had the winter feel, but was a bit more girly & sophisticated. Just like our little girl! I was drawn to lots of burlap, lace, jute twine, and birch, and I mixed those elements with crocheted snowflakes, snow covered manzanita branches, and blush & cream colored roses.”
How unique and adorable is this ESKIMO KISSES & VALENTINE WISHES VALENTINE’S PARTY submitted by Christy Bergerson of Itsy Belle! All the little details are just darling! So many cute valentine’s party ideas!
Christy said this about planning the party- “To me there is nothing sweeter than an Eskimo kiss shared with my little girl. Her little nose just begs for them. It is this simple gesture of love that has inspired our Valentine’s Day playdate this year. We invited a few of her little friends and their moms to celebrate the sweetness with us.
A canvas I painted in a soft ombre blush was the backdrop to our dessert table.
“Eskimo kisses” (Hershey Kisses), “Eskimo Pies” (Ice cream sandwiches) and “snowballs” (coconut covered marshmallows), Eskimo cookies and igloo cake pops were set out for the little invitees to enjoy. The centerpiece, an igloo cake set on a hand-made cake stand spray-painted metallic gold made our party theme come alive.
I modeled the little Eskimo Illustration for our printables after one of my favorite winter photos of my daughter all bundled up in her winter coat with just her sweet face peaking out. So cozy and cute! With hues of blush, gold and aqua it all came together to create a soft, girly party setting.
Like soft fluffy snowballs, tulle Pom toppers adorn some of our guest treats, and pom wands doubled as centerpieces for the dining table. The girls loved playing with their “snowball wands”.
Our little Valentine’s were each sent home with Valentine bags full of chocolate “Eskimo Kisses” and big smiles.”
This creative FLANNEL & FROST FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Heidi Wight of Ira And Lucy. What an adorable and original party theme with so many cute ideas!
Heidi said this about planning the party- “This is my son’s, Jagger’s, 1st Birthday that we had on the 29th of December. He’s an almost-Christmas-baby, with his birthday landing on the 27th, so I wanted to make sure it was still special and that it was not Christmas-y. For winter babies, especially boys, all I kept seeing were different versions of a winter wonderland or “one”derland. So, I mixed it up a bit and did “Jagger’s Flannel & Frost 1st Birthday” where everyone was invited to wear their favorite flannel to the party.
I designed the invitation with a blue plaid/flannel background with chalkboard styled writing and a vintage fawn found from searching old vintage birthday cards. I love how it all came together! I framed one of the invites to feature on the dessert table.
I handmade my own white tissue poms in different sizes to hang above the table as a way of making it feel more festive and wintery. My DIY frosty branches we cut from trees Jagger’s grandparent’s farm. It was quite the glittery glue adventure! We mixed epsom salt, course and fine glitter with a high quality fake snow blend from Hobby Lobby. We then hand painted glue onto the branches and sprinkled the snow mixture onto the branches. They turned out gorgeous! I used the same snow mixture on cinnamon scented pine cones and placed them around for decor. Votives we have for home decor got the same treatment, except instead of glue I painted on soap. The snow sticks to the wet soap and it’s removable later!
The dessert table along with the hot cocoa bar were spruced up a bit using some of my business’s (Ira & Lucy Vintage Rentals & Styling) props. I love the vintage blue suitcase and the tarnished silver accents! I put up Jagger’s grandpop’s old wooden skis next to the table and had the front porch decorated with an antique sled and ice skates. It gave it that chilly wintery feel. You’ll also see the vintage tennis shoes placed near the cake – those were my husband’s when he was a little boy! Of course, I couldn’t go without paper striped straws and some old mason jars!
Jagger’s cake was simple – I wanted to get a cute little fancy one, but found that I really wanted to make his first birthday cake for sentimental reasons. I love how it looked on the vanity mirror tray. I’m no baker…so I utilized pinterest and found recipes I knew I can managed! The snow ball cupcakes were the most fun to make! I kept the rest of the food items all in the neutral white tones to match the decor and theme.
Since it was a 1st Birthday Party, our guests were mostly adults, so we made the festivities a bit more “spirited” with adding some mixers to our hot cocoa bar. Guests could blend their own cocoa to their specific enjoyment. It was a lot of fun!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Cupcake Liners Striped Paper Straws #1 Candle Tissue Pom Poms