Oh my goodness, how darling is this CHEERIOS THEMED 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY submitted by Jenna Sefkow! SUCH a fun and unique party theme for a one year old! What toddler doesn’t love cheerios! So many cute ideas here…
Party description and full vendor list at bottom of post…
Thais said this about planning the party- ”This party was designed by Meemo, my party accessories business that is established both in Brazil and Macau, China. My friend and partner Cassia and I decided to create Meemo when we realized we couldn’t find pretty partyware for our kids’ birthday parties. How come we can’t find good stuff for retail in China, where practically everything is produced and exported to the world???!??
After 7 years living in Macau, I moved back to Brazil in December 2011 so I was very excited to celebrate my daughter Sofia’s first birthday party here, among family and friends. Sofia’s passion for everything sweet inspired me to create this Ice Cream Shoppe to celebrate her 3rd birthday. Every detail, from the party colors to the catering and sweets table was carefully thought of and planned months in advance with lots of love. Sofia’s taste and opinion was my main guide :-)!!
The party decor was all handmade in mint green and berry pink colors (thinking about ice cream!) and chevron prints. I really wanted the decor to give away a vintage atmosphere, so the canopy over the desserts table and the pink and white tiled floor were just perfect to complete the look.
The flower centerpieces with white carnations and lisianthus were my favorites, and the vintage paper straws with the flags I designed gave just the final touch.
The ice cream cake pops, made of carrot cake and Nutella, were the highlight of the dessert table. After searching different suppliers, I found Letícia Villela from Anis Doçaria, explained what I wanted and she worked her magic. She also made the chocolate “popsicles”, the birthday cake (a heavenly mix of yogurt and berries), the traditional Brazilian “brigadeiros” and “2 amores” that had an ice cream shape.
The catering was thought for the kids with all the treats they like the most, from hot dog, to popcorn and cheese bread cones finalizing with mini sandwiches for the adults. All the little ones (and many “big ones” too!!) loved the milk shake cups. In chocolate and strawberry flavors, they were not just cute but especially delicious. I was very lucky and happy about the wait staff, which was so gentle and smiling all the time. For them I designed some ice cream printed aprons that I had tailor-made just for the party.
My main goal was that Sofia would be happy with her party and enjoyed it with her friends, so the recreation was a main attraction. Music and storytelling kept the children entertained while they were not “attacking” the ice cream station or having fun outdoors on the swing or playing with the lovely polka dot balloons. The face painting and nail bar were the girls’ favorites, of course.
As party favors, I personalized some Chinese carton boxes filled with sweets and an ice cream magnet. The kids also got personalized ice cream bubbles, but this favor didn’t make it to their homes they were just what they needed to top up the fun at the end of the party!!”
Party styling, decor, favors and printables: Meemo Party Accessories
Furniture: Azul Turquesa Artesanatos
Buffet: Manoela Villela
Cake & Desserts: Letícia Villela – Anis Doçaria
Recreation: Cia Girole
Face painting & Nail bar: Aladdin Festas
Personalized aprons: Studiomake
Photos: Barbara Vanzo
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Striped Paper Straws Mini Cordial Cups Polka Dot Balloons Pom Poms Party Cone Hats Ice Cream Cups Chevron Wooden Spoons Chinese Take Out Favor Boxes Ribbon Baker’s Twine Wooden Scoops Berry Baskets Clear Cellophane Bags Sprinkles
Holly said this about planning the party- ”Theme: Emma, the birthday girl, LOVES penguins or “pem-gins” as she calls them. She carries stuffed versions of her favorite animal all around the house. Whenever she sees a penguin on television or at the zoo, she gets so excited. When she started walking, she even waddled like a little penguin as she totted along. I was clear to me very early on that her second birthday party HAD to be penguin themed.
When I set out to design the party, I really wanted to capture the playful feel of the penguins, but with little girly touches. And what says girly better than huge bows? Using fun black and white patterns, big bows and aqua,hot pink and yellow accents, I designed my Penguin Party Package and styled the party to match my little penguin’s personality.
Decorations: When I set out to style this party, I started with my Penguin Party Printables and sought to keep everything fun and bright. For the dessert table, I used black and white patterned fabric and cupcake wrappers to accent each of the “penguin” treats.
The table backdrop was made using black foam board. I cut out the penguin in silhouette as well as the penguin details from white, aqua,pink and yellow cardstock and created penguins to hold the birthday banner in their beaks and hands.
I used chalkboards and chalk markers to create signs for the party and used several of Emma’s stuffed penguins. I even found adorable pink and aqua bag clips in the dollar aisle at Target to accent the penguins and the table decorations.
For Emma’s name on the table, I got unfinished wooden letters from Wooden Letters and painted them black. I then used the patterned paper from the printables set to cover the front of the letters in the party patterns.
For the Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar, I made a backdrop using fabric and tulle in the party colors. This helped break the kitchen area up and also really accented the bar and all the coffee extras.
Drinks: To drink, we made hot cocoa and coffee for the coffee bar. The hot cocoa mix is one of my favorite (and super easy) recipes that I share on my blog. For the add-ins, we had marshmallows, cinnamon, sugar, creamer, peppermint syrup, pumpkin syrup and chocolate stir spoons.
The kiddos enjoyed regular and chocolate milk (keeping with the party colors) in glass jars with cute striped straws and ribbon and party circles wrapped around them. The chocolate milk was a big hit!
Desserts: We had chocolate cupcakes with pink buttercream frosting, vanilla cupcakes with bright aqua and pink coconut frosting,and chocolate cupcakes with cookies and cream frosting all made by The Cupcakery. These delicious cupcakes were made even sweeter with the addition of penguin and snowflake 3-D and flat fondant cupcake toppers made by Brittany at Edible Details. I could not be more impressed with how fantastic her toppers looked and how well they matched the party.
We had penguin cake pops made by Candy’s Cake Pops. They were cookies and cream flavored and were as moist and yummy as they were adorable. Beth at Sunshine Bakes made us some amazing penguin, snowflake, and monogram sugar cookies.
We had yummy pink raspberry and blue almond coconut macarons from Le Bonbon and some fantastic coke float and peppermint flavored fudge from Jewel of the Lion. I used black and aqua striped straws and ribbon to accent the macarons and fudge and also make them easy to pick up and eat!
Everyone snacked on plenty of penguin foods like fish shaped tuna and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and goldfish crackers, veggies, fruit and cheese.
Favors: Each little one who came to help celebrate Emma’s party got an adorable Penguin hair clip made by So Cuties Boutique attached to some S’mores Flavored gourmet popcorn for mom and dad from Popped. The favor tags said “Thanks for POPPING by my Penguin Party”!
Fashion: For Emma’s birthday outfit, I had the cutest custom shirt made for her by the super talented Rachel from *golden*. She completely blew me away with the details on the shirt…it was perfect!! I also had matching black and white chevron pants made for her by The Trendy Baby. She wore one of the little penguin clip in her hair that were part of the favors.”
Party Styling, Printable Decorations and Theme: Mimi’s Dollhouse
Photography: Rachel K Photography
Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
Cupcakes: The Cupcakery
Penguin Cake Pops: Candy’s Cake Pops
Fudge: Jewel of the Lion
Sugar Cookies: Sunshine Bakes
Macarons: Le Bonbon
Gourmet Popcorn: Popped
Custom Penguin shirt: *golden*
Wooden Letters: Wooden Letters
Chevron Pants: The Trendy Baby
Penguin Hair Clips: So Cuties Boutique
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Striped Paper Straws Ribbon Cupcake Liners Polka Dot Nut Cups Lollipop Sticks Gumballs Milk Bottles Apothecary Jars
Oh my goodness, what an adorable BAKE SHOP THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY! This lovely celebration was submitted by Alison English of The English Pea Studio!
Alison said this about planning the party- “Glam meets the kitchen in this fun Bake Shop theme. My daughter is in love with everything baking and she thoroughly enjoyed baking with her friends for her big day. My goal was to create a sophisticated, little bake shop that one might find in a quaint corner of a downtown district. The décor was set around the lovely chandelier and everything came together from there. From the bead board backboard to the hot pink, cut-out frame, Charlotte’s Bake Shop sung of feminine details that any little girl would go giddy over.
In keeping with the theme, Charlotte and her guests met at a local commercial kitchen, Lovable Foods, where they not only got to bake their treats, but received instruction from a professional chef. Alicia Garcia, co-owner and chef with Lovable Foods, lead the girls through baking and creating several delicious treats – including apple tartlets and strawberry shortcake. The idea was that the girls would create their own delectable fare for Charlotte’s Bake Shop and have enough to take home.
The entire party was branded to look like an actual bake shop. Each girl was given a personalized apron with the shop’s brand and left with a favor bag and personalized recipe cards that matched. Red and hot pink accented the paper goods with the occasional green – to add a contrasting pop of color.
The girls feasted on their creations of apple tartlets and strawberry shortcake. They also decorated their own cupcakes and were served whole fruits that were used in the ingredients of their cooking lesson – fresh strawberries and whole green apples. A simple ruffle cake was presented to the birthday girl – at her request – with a personalized cake topper that mimicked the rest of the design.
The girls also created their take away bakery boxes. Small medallions were created with their own personalized tag and glued onto each box so they knew who’s was who’s upon departure.
The party was a huge success and the girls thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of their labor. The party was fun, educational, and in the end, very delicious!”
Paper goods, invitations, aprons, tags, and photography- The English Pea Studio
Location and Instruction- Lovable Foods
Cake: Bumble Bee Bakery
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Striped Paper Straws Milk Bottles Linen Bags Baker’s Twine Wooden Utensils Lollipop Sticks