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Handmade matryoshka doll. Pattern from Sew Daily Shop on Interweave Store

Matryoshka Themed 1st Birthday by Kara's Domestic Life

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My daughter's matryoshka themed first birthday party was inspired by Russian nesting dolls. I love their bright colors, cute little shapes, and how whimsical they are. We had a fun time bringing these "folksy" dolls to life!

Of course I had to dress her like a little doll, so I appliqued a onesie with a number one on it and sewed a teeny apron and babushka for her. She left it on just long enough to take pictures.

The main decor inspiration came from all of my mom and grandma's vintage linens. These set that folksy tone I was after. I also used vintage cake stands for the desserts, and antique children's chairs to raise the drink dispensers.

I used lots of ribbon and ric-rac, including  ribbon tassel bunting for the pavilion and around my daugter's highchair. The cupcake toppers, favor bags, and invites were made with kraft paper and rubber stamps. I also made matryoshka doll banners using printouts of my daughter's face and patterned paper.

The kids got sprinkle-covered cupcakes; each with a stamped nesting doll topper. The grown-ups enjoyed gourmet cheesecakes by my mom, Carol Scheuerman.

I made matryoshka cake pops by sliding one big and one small cake ball onto each lollipop stick then forming them each into a doll shape. Once they were dipped I piped simple hair and faces onto each one.

I painted giant cutouts of nesting dolls for the kids to put their face behind in the photo booth, and we set "The Littlest Matryoshka" by Corinne Demas Bliss on a vintage music stand for the guests to sign. We hope to keep the "birthday book" tradition alive every year.

We painted red circles on the kids' faces, and painstakingly drew matryoshka faces on dozens of plastic Easter eggs to be used for an egg hunt. This was the perfect activity for a party of such young children.

The children got to keep their matryoshka eggs and candy, and they also got doll-shaped bubbles. All of the girls got babushkas (plain bandanas), and the boys got "Russian caps" (newsboy caps).

All of our friends who helped us celebrate one year of parenting got favors too! We gave them Russian Tea Cakes in cellophane wrappers. I used my patterned paper, cut pieces to fold over the top of each bag, and stapled them shut.

Vendor Credits
Party Styling: Kara of Kara’s Domestic Life
Photography: Faith Scheuerman
Cheesecakes: Carol Scheuerman
Linens: vintage
Fonts for invites and signs: Free Fonts for
Drink dispensers: Target
Stamps: Hero Arts from A.C. Moore
Kerchiefs, newsboy caps, patterned paper, cellophane bags: Hobby Lobby
Fabric for matryoshka outfit and invites: Joann Fabrics
Matryoshka doll pattern: Sew Daily Shop on Interweave Store

Kara's Domestic Life
Hanover, PA
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