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Sweet Farm 1st Birthday Party (24 photos)
My daughter has loved the animals on the Baby Einstein movies, so I thought it would be fitting to theme her birthday after farm animals. I wanted to make the theme somewhat subtle and tie in pinks, oranges, and a hint of yellow. I also wanted to keep it simple.
After finding the adorable printable on Etsy and scoring Pinterest, I set to create a beautiful, sweet first birthday for my baby girl. I used a few fabrics throughout the party. They were used to make the dessert table runner, the letters on Averys birthday onesie, the fabric strips on her high chair, and the mini pennant banner of the front door wreath.
I made Avery's birthday hat from a template I found online with card stock. Using that same templante, I cut scrap booking paper and glued it on top. I added rif raf trim, a paper number one and a yarn pom pom used this tutorial http://www.danamadeit.com/2010/12/pom-poms-a-very-simple-tutorial.html.
We served pink lemonade. The milk glasses are Starbucks Frapaccino bottles, emptied and cleaned. I added some twine and a small pink flower from Martha Stewart's collection. Light pink paper straws were used as well.
A few days before Avery's birthday party I made the fondant barn to top her cake. I used a wood impression to make the walls and the horses head by hand, attaching each piece with water and letting it dry a couple days. I love the way it turned out.
Up until the morning of the party, I was unsure of what cake I was going to end up with. I thought about making one really early in the morning, but I luckily ended up finding the perfect cake at a local bakery down the street from us. Orginally, it had pink roses on top, but I had the decorator remove them.
The mini cupcakes were made from a box cake (pink lemonade) and I added a buttercream frosting I made. The brownies were made from a Ghiradelli dark chocolate box mix. I cut them out with a circle cutter and they looked really clean. The pig and "one" cookies were made and decorated by my talented mother, which I embellished with some fondant flowers. The Oreo truffle pops were so easy to make and got rave reviews by everyone ( another Pinterest find). They are quite delicious. Early in the morning I made the donuts using the Baby Cakes donut maker. I dipped them in butter and shook them in a paper bag with cinnanon and sugar. They were fresh, moist, and miniature.
The adult favors were a bag of sweet snack mix. Pretzel sticks, pink M&Ms, and caramel Chex mix. I used this recipe(http://www.cokks.com/recipe/wz8ag9q2/microwave-caramel-chex.html).
The kids favors were stickers, a couple extra large crayons, a mini rubber ducky, and home-made, edible (my baby loves trying to eat playdoh then gags) play dough in baby food jars. I used a recipe I found through Pinterest to make the play dough.
Finally, we had our favorite photographer, Charlotte Collins, photograph her party. She has been photographing Avery since before she was born and ever since. It helps to have someone so talented capture these precious moments in life.
Photographer: Charlotte Christine Photography
Cake: French's Bakery