Our sweet boy turned 1! When I started planning his birthday, I wasn't a fan of all the popular first birthday themes out there and knew we wanted simple decor for an intimate family gathering. I looked at the book "The Wonderful Things You Will Be' sitting on the coffee table and said- thats it! We used this book in our baby announcement and I thought the illustrations, colors and message of the book were so perfect for a first birthday theme. Not even realizing the cute play on words 'The ONEderful Things You Will Be".
When I looked up this party theme- I couldn't find a ton of inspiration or vendors to source party decor from so I am going to give you my breakdown:
Balloons: We decided to use the book as inspiration for the colors and went with soft shades of peach, blue, mint green and a few pops of color with orange and red. It was so cute, gender neutral and I absolutely loved the couple of accent colors to really make the balloon garland pop! We found the soft colored balloons in a variety pack on Amazon and used the orange and red from your standard variety pack of balloons. We made small balloon garland and had blown up balloons standing next to the dessert table.
Acrylic Signs & Cake Topper: We love to support local small businesses and partnered with David and Leanna to design and create a custom acrylic calligraphy sign with a quote from the book "This is the first time there has ever been YOU, so I wonder what wonderful things you will do" and a dessert table sign that read "You are the icing on my cake". And she made the cutest ONE Cake topper! We also printed out several photos of our little guy and our baby announcement that had the book cover and put them in simple frames from Target to scatter around the house.
Napkins and Glassware: Balancing Balloons is a local rental company in Seattle and they have the most beautiful collection of glassware! We opted for different shades of light and dark blue glassware for our wine and cocktails and handmade soft blue napkins, that was also used on the dessert table for added color and texture!
Dessert Table: Our favorite part! Landen had to have an epic dessert table and birthday cake. The dessert table is usually the focal point of the party so we decided to decorate this table with the most decor and offer a variety of desserts (I'm not naive that cake isn't for everyone!)
We made the cloud backdrop and it honestly took less than 10 min! We just did a quick YouTube search and found a super easy method. I love the way they turned out and they absolutely made the dessert table! The Happy Birthday Banner was such a perfect addition and found this on Meri Meri, including the adorable paper plates!
Florals: These were also DIY! Trader Joes as the best prices and a variety of beautiful flowers. We got soft blue hydrangeas, peach colored roses and greenery and made 4-5 small bouquets to scatter on different tables, including the dessert table.
Dessert Menu: Not everyone likes cake as much as I do (spoiler alert- Landen was a big fan of the smash cake!) I always suggest offering 2-3 different desserts at a party. We had a Funfetti Smash Cake, Carrot Cake for the adults, homemade marshmallows for the kiddos that also made great party favors and we made cloud shape and 1 shape rice krispy treats with frosting and Cake Batter Flavored Caramels! We used the extra marshmallows to cut out a cloud and 1 shape for an edible cake topper!
There was a taco bar, spicy margaritas and lots of dessert! To make the party extra special, I made a quick video/slideshow of photos to recap Landen's first year and included all of his amazing family in the video! We also had a banner of his 1-11 month photos that added such a special touch. Happy Birthday baby boy- we love you so so much and can't wait to see all the wonderful things you will be!!
Every holiday season I adopt a family with a child on hospice and gift them their wish list. Contributing to a charitable cause is something that I have vowed to continue and is more important than ever, as I want to lead by example for my son and exemplify generosity for Landen to make his own philanthropic choices someday.
It just so happens that I started my business after teaching myself how to make Sea Salt Caramels and gifting them for the holidays and they quickly became our most highly requested item on the menu! 3 years ago, I asked myself how I could love on my community and encourage them to give back too. Thus, the Annual Ladies Holiday Charity Brunch was born! I just ask every guest to bring a gift and in exchange, I spoil them and they go home with a box of our caramels!
I am going to share with you how I plan and execute this event and hopefully this will encourage you to host a Ladies Holiday Charity Brunch in your community!
STEP 1: Come up with your theme! Sure- its the holidays. But the options are endless. You can do a Winter Wonderland, Classic holiday colors, or Flannel! I wanted the party to feel warm and cozy....think "hot cocoa by the fire" so our theme was all about dressing up in your best flannel! Every aspect of the party should tie back to this theme in some way. Let me show you....
Party Invitations: These lovelies were designed by Phenix Paper Co. and had the perfect hint of flannel with instructions to dress "Flanneled Up!". Send invitations early, as people are extra busy this time of year. I prefer a virtual Save The Date followed by a mailed invitation- who doesn't like getting mail!?
STEP 2: Sourcing your decor
Decor & Rentals: We used our Fav local rental companies for various items: Yay Parties for the furniture and Balancing Balloons for tableware! How cute are the warm and cozy blankets!
STEP 3: Create your menu
Food and Beverages: What can you make ahead of time? We prepped an egg casserole the night before and threw it in the oven the morning of the event- 45 min later...DONE! Offer a simple Arugula salad on the side.
A mimosa bar is a must! Add fresh cranberries to garnish champagne and offer a variety of sweets to nibble on. I opt to make an easy Spiced Bundt Cake (TIP: make the week before and freeze) and buy the rest! The peppermint bark from Trader Joes is such a great dessert to snack on. Don't forget non-alcoholic beverage options. We LOVE Rachel's Ginger Beer in Seattle and they have the best holiday flavors.
The goal was to keep it cozy! My house is tiny but I didn't want to be limited to the amount of amazing women to invite. We rented an outdoor tent with heaters and created a cozy place to sit (or stand) with blankets. Notice the flannel on the tabletops? We used blankets and scarves!
STEP 4: Activities that are fun and offer convenience
Activities: we hosted Stella & Dot to allow the ladies to conveniently get some last minute Holiday shopping in. WIN WIN!
The main activity is for each guest to decorate their caramels! We provide chocolate and all the fun holiday sprinkles & candy canes to make them their own. The guests LOVE this so i've decided to make this the main activity of the event ever year.
My friend makes these amazing candles! And they just so happened to have the most appropriate title for the theme of the party. Guests were also provided the option to buy these as last minute holiday gifts and each went home with one as the party favor!
And look at all of the holiday gifts we raised!! Over 40 gifts provided to children on Hospice. I love my family and friends and look forward to spoiling them every year by hosting our annual Ladies Holiday Charity Brunch!
This year- we are offering our Sea Salt Caramels for sale and donating a percentage of proceeds to the Confetti Foundation which provides birthday parties for kiddos in the hospital. If you would like to help- please visit our store starting November 27th! WARNING: We sold out just 48 hours after launching our site a few weeks ago so get em' fast!
Hello! I'm Candice and I love baking. This blog is dedicated to all things sweet, exploring your passion, staying inspired and encouraging you to Eat More Cake!