Celebrate her first birthday party with a One-derland Party
Two neighbors quickly became friends when they found out they were both pregnant and expecting around the same time. Both women gave birth, one month apart, to a little girl. When it came time to celebrate the Big ONE for their daughters, the mothers collaborated and decided to throw individual parties using the same theme. That way, they could split the costs of the decorations. As they discussed what theme they wanted to use, it became clear, there was only one theme for a Princess turning ONE.
A One-derland Party
Invitations were purchased from Etsy, printed and mailed out to all the guests.
Finding the Princess’ castle was as easy as one, two, three… and four of hearts. The large playing cards were handmade by the moms and easy to spot from a distance while driving down the street. Using large thick white cardboard, red construction paper, scissors, glue and a little bit of creativity, they created life-sized playing cards and secured them with Shepherd hook garden stakes.
Before entering, guests passed through two beautiful topiaries, which helped set the theme for the party.
The menu included kid friendly peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which came in all suits – hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs.
Adults could choose from tea pot shaped cucumber tea sandwiches or meat filled sandwiches topped with whimsical signs. A choice of Caesar salad or southwestern salad was offered along with an assortment of chips.
And some cold drinks (sparkling water for the adults and juice boxes for the kids) to wash it all down.
The dessert table was beautifully decorated with lots of irresistible sweets and, of course, a whimsical 3-tier cake. Colorful paper flowers framed the green Astroturf, giving the background a pretty garden theme.
The 3-tier cake took center stage on the dessert table and, once cut, offered guests a choice of two flavors – lemon or confetti cake. The top tier was reserved for the little Princess who was turning the Big ONE.
Rice Krispy treats made to look like the Ace of Hearts were a huge hit amongst the adults and kids!
Kid favorite cupcakes were dressed in cute cupcake liners that carried out the theme.
Red and white chocolate roses looked so lovely, one could make them for their loved ones. Just pour melted red and white chocolate into rose shaped molds with a stick, and freeze. Once chocolate hardens, wrap each rose with plastic cellophane and tie a beautiful ribbon onto it.
Pink wafers with a thin violet striped icing resembled furry tails from the animated Cheshire cat.
Beautiful oyster cookies were also offered on the decorated dessert table.
When it was TIME for cake, the beautiful little Princess did not disappoint. After everyone sang Happy Birthday, she dug into her own cake (known as a smash cake today) with her hands and licking and eating the sweet mess from her fingers!
It’s a big deal when a beautiful little Princess turns ONE. In fact, it’s ONE-derful!
Styling by Kelsey Yonan & Jill Yasuda