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Vintage Summer Garden Party {First Birthday}

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whimsical vintage first birthday party

Ready for more inspiration from our super talented Australian vendors? Good… because Daisy of Leo & Bella is sharing her daughter’s beautiful first birthday celebration with us today: a Vintage Summer Garden Party filled with whimsy and soft pastels! Delicate ruffles, angelic flowers & sugary treats made this outdoor picnic party a sweet day to remember. I just love how happy little Isabella looks in the pictures below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Charming plates/cups display and apothecary jars adorned with fabric rosettes & buttons
  • Darling vintage invitations + matching muslin treat bags and paper details throughout
  • Ruffle cakes, fondant flowers, polka dot bunny cookies & more
  • Yellow buttercream smash cake + one very smiley birthday girl!

whimsical vintage first birthday party highchair

whimsical vintage first birthday party invitation

bright candy sweets bar

vintage bunny sugar cookies

vintage pastel macarons

whimsical vintage ruffle dessert table

ruffle whimsical vintage cakes

fabric rosette utensil display

whimsical drink me

vintage candy dessert table

vintage sweets favor bag

flower cupcakes

yellow ruffle smash cake

first birthday smash cake

PARTY DETAILS, as told by Daisy

I had my heart set on having a summer garden party for Isabella filled with everything pastel and beautiful, incorporating all vintage pieces that I have collected along the years.


The first time I met Li-Ann from Ham & Pea Design and Paperie, I knew she was the one who will be designing the invitations for Isabella’s 1st Birthday. My exact instructions were pastel colours and flowers and an element of rabbit as my daughter was born in the year of Rabbit. I never knew what I wanted the invitations to look like but when Li-Ann sent me the proofs, this was the exactly the invites I had in mind and she blew me away with her talent. She also created all the printables for the whole event including buffet labels, lolly tags, lolly bag iron – on, drink bottle wrappers & chocolate wrappers.

Dessert Table

I then contacted my trusty cake maker Helen from Kiss My Cakes. Over a cup of tea, we have decided to have 3 cakes on gorgeous cake stands displayed on a vintage dresser. The main cake to be designed around the invites and a blue ruffle cake and a yellow buttercream smash cake. Helen also made beautiful rose cupcakes, bunny cookies. I placed the bunny cookies on a cake stand inside a vintage wooden suitcase that I painted in mint green along with some personalised chocolate bar.

Candy Buffet

Two days before the party I found an old side table, gave it a coat of paint and a new lease in life. It was a perfect candy table to accompany the dessert table. It was a huge hit and the children were helping themselves to the candy without any assistance. I handmade the fabric yoyo decoration for the candy jars to give it a vintage feel. I also made some paper fan doilies in pastel colours for decoration. Kids fill their personalised muslin favour bags with mint choc beans, orange jelly beans, hershey kisses, banana candy, strawberry cloud and little piggies. Adults took home personalised dark chocolate candy bar.

Drink Station

We served iced cranberry fizz in an apothecary drink dispenser on a vintage drink trolley. I dressed up mini glass drink bottles with a personalised wrapper and a lovely ribbon bow topped with a pink paper straws.

The Party

We asked all guest bring their own picnic blanket so everyone could lounge, relax and enjoy the afternoon in the garden on a beautiful summers day. The highlight of the party Isabella the time of her life smashing through the delicious sponge cake on her vintage high chair.

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  1. Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle July 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Oh my SWOON! I just love this – so sweet and pretty. Love the gorgeous outdoor styling. Lovely job!

  2. Ana Benavidez July 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    these are great!

  3. Katie Anderson-Keith Watson Events July 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! Looks like a fabulous party!

  4. Patricia July 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm


  5. Katie July 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Where are the doily hanging crimped paper wheels from? They are gorgeous!!

  6. Unique Games For Kids July 26, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Thats a wonderful collection of baby shower party, i love it Good post !!

  7. Windy City Novelties July 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I love the cupcakes, the yellow cake and the blue cake because of all the detail!

  8. Duana Sargent August 3, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Where did you get the paper plate chalkboard caddy?

  9. Prue Creamer December 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I have never seen I cake like the yellow smash cake before? It looks almost like petals! Stunning! What is it called?

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    I LOVE IT…..

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