Showing posts with label first birthday party. Show all posts
Showing posts with label first birthday party. Show all posts

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A Unicorn Themed First Birthday Party

I just love throwing a first birthday party and I can't resist a theme.  After three boys (who had rainbows, very hungry caterpillar and robot themed parties), I decided that Cora could have a unicorn themed first birthday party and I gave in to all that was pink and sparkly for an afternoon of celebrating with family and friends.

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We had the party in my parents' garden as they have a lovely big space and a large gazebo that we can all sit under to get out the sunshine.  I decorated inside and put tables and chairs in there, and then we had garden toys everywhere for the children as well as a couple of games.

Cora wore a unicorn crown that I ordered from Harper Jade, a one vest with gold writing that I bought from Betty Bramble and a pink tutu that I made myself. It was simple and perfect for the birthday girl and so much more pink than I thought I would be comfortable with!

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I didn't want to have to cater for everyone properly (we had about 60 guests) so I held the party in the afternoon so that I could just do snacks.  We had cut up vegetables and breadsticks with hummus and rainbow fruit kebabs that my sister helped to make.  As it was a first birthday party I wanted everything to be suitable for the babies as well.

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The children played so well, and we did a pinata half way through the party.  I found a unicorn pinata on Party Pieces and filled it with the bear paws 'sweeties' (or at least that is what I call them for the kids) so that everyone could join in with the game and the prize was suitable for little ones too.

I bought some cupcake sticks from the same website to decorate my homemade cakes as well.

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unicorn themed first birthday party, unicorn cupcakes

For the main cake, I must admit now that I didn't make it.  I knew exactly what I wanted and it was just so far beyond my skills that I decided to outsource the cake and I found a local baker who made just the most perfect work of art.  A two tier cake, with 8 layers of  rainbow sponge on each tier and stunning unicorn decorations.  The entire cake was also vegan as I have a lot of vegan friends and this meant that everyone could enjoy it.

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I dressed up for the party too, in a tulle skirt and headband from Boohoo.com and a unicorn necklace from Claire's accessories.  Lots of our guests came in unicorn attire and we even had a brilliant dragon too.  I bought Finn some unicorn trousers but completely forgot to get a picture of them!


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We don't usually let Cora have cake, but at her own party it seemed cruel not to and she definitely enjoyed it! She had a nibble from the main cake and then we let her loose with half a cupcake too.  

unicorn first birthday party

unicorn first birthday party

Instead of giving out party bags, all the children that came took home a giant bubble wand with a windmill attached, tied on with rainbow ribbon.  I spent a long time trying to think of a unicorn themed party gift that was suitable for 1 year olds all the way up to 6 year olds, but in the end we settled with bubbles.

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Cora was absolutely shattered at the end of the party as not only was there so much to take in, she also took her first steps that day!  As soon as the last guests had left, she crashed out on my parents' sofa whilst we cleared up.

unicorn first birthday party

It was such a lovely party and the unicorn theme worked really well.  I didn't manage to get many photos as I was busy hosting the party, but I am glad that I managed a few to look back on.

(I paid for everything mentioned in the post)
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday

This weekend saw us celebrating Archie's first birthday with a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party.  I have always loved the Hungry Caterpillar, and the little guy's nursery is decorated with the same theme.  We hired a local hall, invited along some friends and ate cake.  Here are a few photos from the day.



I made bunting out of green paper plates and paint

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Albelli Photo Book - Review

Dylan's first birthday was big and colourful and I wanted a great way to capture that.  When Albelli offered me a photo book from their website I knew they were the right place to make my memories.  You can personalise your photo book in every which way imaginable and choose from a variety of sizes, shapes and page backgrounds.  

As Dylan's party was rainbow themed so is his book and the pages alternate through the seven colours as they share our memories.  I went for a large (30x30) square book so we could see the photos in all their glory and it did not dissapoint.


The book has a hard cover and I chose to personalise both the front and back with pictures.  The software is so simple to use although I did spend hours getting all the right pictures in and in the right order!  You can personalise your book either online or offline. I chose online as I thought it would be easier and it was great.  You can change each individual page layout and see the book as it will look when printed.  I found ordering it and understanding the prices very simple and the delivery service was great with emails keeping me up to date.


When the book arrived I instantly loved it.  The quality is fantastic and the pictures are clear.  I would definitely recommend Albelli if you want to make a special occasion into a physical memory.  Their prices are not the cheapest but the quality and service is exceptional!



Disclaimer:  I was provided with a £50 voucher for Albelli for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Thursday, 9 August 2012

A Rainbow First Birthday Party

I was very excited at the prospect of organising Dylan's first birthday.  I had seen pictures of rainbow cake and despite never having made a cake by myself before, I decided to base the party around this theme.

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Armed with rainbow bunting, multicoloured plates and bowls and plenty of balloons, I set about decorating for our rainbow extravaganza.  I made some birthday bunting using 13 pieces of coloured card and sticking a photo of Dylan from each month on them.  I pegged them to a piece of string and made my very own memory bunting following Dylan from a tiny newborn to a mischievous one year old.

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We had all the usual party food and for desert I decided on plenty of fruit as well as cakes so the little people could have a healthy lunch.  As well as plates of watermelon and assorted fruit I made a fruit rainbow using strawberries, slices of orange, melon, green and purple grapes.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

You make me Smile - Week 8!

We are now into week 8 of You make me Smile and I am loving reading your entries every week.  This week has been particularly exciting as it was Dylan's first birthday so I have plenty of smiles to share!

I may have mentioned (several times) on twitter that I have made a rainbow cake but I am still so impressed wit myself so here is the umpteenth photo of my Rainbow cake.

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After what seems like months of worrying about Dylan's movements he spent most of his birthday pulling himself up on the furniture and confidently walking round, making me realise I have a lot of things to move higher!  He keeps letting go for a few seconds and his balance is great so he is finally taking some steps in the right direction!

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And finally (as we seem to be on a birthday theme) it was lovely to have so many of our friends and family together and we had 50 guests as Dylan's garden party!  It was very busy but the babies loved playing together and it was nice to spend this special day with all the important people in our lives.

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So why have you been smiling this week?  Post three photos with as many or as few words as you like, add the badge and link up!  Please share the loved and go and comment on as many of the other posts as you can. 

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Sunday, 5 August 2012

How to make a Rainbow Cake

Rainbow cake is perfect for a baby or child's birthday, is fun to make and eat and not even too difficult! Six/seven layers of sponge in every colour of the rainbow and a great suprise once you cut into it!  A rainbow theme makes a perfect first birthday idea for a little boy or girl.

For Dylan's first birthday I had some very ambitious plans.  Having never made a cake before by myself, I set the goal of a six layer rainbow cake to go with the rainbow theme I was planning.  Here are a few things I learnt:

-Always make a practice layer.   It helps make sure the mix is right and that the colour comes out how you want it.

-Liquid food colouring will not cut it.  The paste is fantastic though and goes a long long way (I would recommend Sugarflair).

-Icing a 6 layer cake is not the easiest part!

-Don't be afraid to ask for help.  I tweeted and had so much advice and recipes and found this one particularly helpful 

So here is my recipe for rainbow cake.

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16oz/450g butter
28oz/800g
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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Silent Sunday

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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

You Make me Smile - week 3


We are on to the third week now of you make me smile, and I am looking forward to seeing some lovely pictures from you all.  Thanks so much for those of you that joined in last week, I loved seeing what you have been up to.  I would love for you to join in again, just grab the badge at the bottom and link up!  Remember it is 3 photos of things that have made you smile during the last week no matter how big or small. So without further ado, here are the things that made me smile this week;





Dylan turned eleven months yesterday and I have started planning the all important first birthday party!  We are going for a rainbow theme, with rainbow cake and bunting and very colourful decorations.  I have the plates, cutlery and bunting all sorted now!
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