An Associate Event Planner at Elite Events in Toledo, Ohio as well as a mother of two- I wanted to create an over-the-top feminine bash to celebrate my sweet daughter Aubrie turning ONE! I drew my inspiration from my own work experience with parties and my natural crafting ability. I always envisioned a pink and grey winter theme for her first birthday party. We decided to throw the party at our home in Bowling Green, Ohio.
I wanted a Pretty-in-Pink menu and only offered food that matched the color scheme in order to carry the color theme throughout the party. The key to this table of sweets? Sprinkles. I hand dipped pink marshmallows and strawberries in white chocolate and covered them with grey sprinkles. More complicated desserts such as the pink macaroons with sparkly accents, the snowflake sugar cookies, and the vanilla with strawberry filled snowflake cupcakes were outsourced from Sugar Shack Specialty Sweets. The pink ruffle birthday cake (with ombre layers inside) also had bright pink sprinkles on the top of the cake and it was created by a family friend Sue Reidling.
I used apocathary jars (rented from Elite Events) and filled them with white powdered donut holes, silver Hersey's kisses, pink m&m's, marshmallows, and pink and white rock candy. I also filled little containers with pink chocolate covered almonds and raspberry yogurt covered pretzels.
I did not want to overload the family with only desserts and sugar, so I also served white or pink snacks such as brie and cheddar cheeses, homemade salmon dip, a mixed fruit salad, and homemade old fashion pink popcorn (I found a recipe online). The drinks were light and dark pink Izzy drinks (grapefruit and black cherry flavors).
The sweets did double duty as party favors! I purchased grey and white chevron baggies and guests were able to take delicious sweets home with them after the party.
Gorgeous and tasty food/drinks are only one aspect to a good party-decor plays a very important role. I wanted Aubrie in a tutu dress that I found, so I decided I would use tulle to create a backdrop and table skirt. I wanted to do something unique, that I haven't seen before and decided on a tulle pom backdrop. I used three shades of pink (hot pink, a muted bubble gum pink, and a soft rose) along with a silvery grey. I searched online and found an easy no sew tutorial and 8 hours later had a gorgeous feminine backdrop. I then found a grey and white chevron fabric from hobby lobby and decided to use it as a tablecloth top. I wanted a tutu table skirt so I attached tulle strips I cut to the table, in order to achieve the girly look I wanted.
I handmade all of the tented cards (grey chevron paper with pink background) for the food and carried the winter theme with the names such as: "snow drizzled strawberries", "sugar snow cookies", " "snow covered marshmallows", "icicles", and "snowballs". Snowflake ornaments were pulled out of my Christmas decor storage and strung from the ceiling. I painted branches white and hung snowflake ornaments and mini tulle poms from the branches and placed those throughout the party area in tall vases from Elite Events. The birthday banner "Winter ONEderland" was purchased from a company on Etsy.com called PaperPartyParade and it was custom made for the party. I bought the grey chevron dessert bags and the grey and pink stripey straws from the Elite Events Boutique.
What People Ate
mixed fruit, old fashion pink popcorn, salmon dip, goat/cheddar/brie cheese.
What People Drank
izzy drinks, soda, water, pink lemonade
chocolate cupcakes, sugar cookies, vanilla macaroons, pink champagne cake, chocolate covered marshmallows, chocolate covered strawberries, candy station variety
baggies to take the old fashion pink popcorn home
Activities / Games
presents and cake smash