Friday, May 14, 2010

A Super Sweet 1st Birthday!

These are the pictures from my Daughter's 1st birthday party. I had SO much fun putting this together. It all started when I Googled "birthday party themes for girls" and found the super adorable lollipop party Kim did for her daughter at the TomKat Studio. It was so exciting to see what she was able to create! With her party as my inspiration, I was off and running.

First up was finding a cake. Back to google I went where I found this amazing cake! I did my best to re-create it at home. This was my first cake making experience ever. And I'm not a very skilled artist, so the fact that this didn't turn out totally terrible thrilled me like you wouldn't believe!

Then there was the "Candy Shop". My wonderful husband made this for me and my amazing Mother In Law custom made the table skirt and canopy. It rocked!

Next came decorating and the Birthday Girl's outfit. I ordered her little outfit on Etsy, of course.  The lollipops up the walk way were a hybrid of the lollipops TomKat made and Christmas decorations our family used when I was a kid. I won't lie, they took me approximately 75 years to make. But, I was happy when they were done!

I made the centerpieces using candy buttons and some old floral vases. The utensils were tied up with the same ribbons used throughout the party and adorned with mini lollipops. The birthday banner and all of the labels used in the party were made by a local paper shop and coordinated with her sticky sweet invitation. (I saw the wording on another blog and now can't find the source. Does anyone know who??) It says, "Oh how she's grown, no longer a baby. Sweet mixed with sassy, she's our little lady." I still get a little misty when I re-read it, I can't believe she's already one! I also made the lollipop cookies which weren't perfect, but did the job.

And, after months of planning this party I thought it was only fitting to serve a cocktail. (Mostly because by the time the party came, I needed one!) I filled glass bottles I found at HomeGoods with the "Sour Lolly" and labeled them "Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker", the famous quote attributed to Ogden Nash. With a rock candy swizzle stick, the Sour Lolly was to die for.

With T-minus 10 months before my Baby Girl turns 2, I'm thinking "Sock Hop" for next year. Stay tuned!


  1. Kate~ This is the most adorable party ever! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Addy's outfit & the candy shop is incredible! Great job!!!

  2. so cute! I love the lollipops and the rhyme on the drink, so cute!

    ps thanks for the blog luv! I am adding you to my reader too!

    hugs! Kim @
    party inspiration

  3. Amazing "Candy Shop"! and fantastic cocktail labels!!

  4. Wow great job on your "first cake" it's super cute! love the colors of this party!

  5. SO cute, love it!! I have become a follower and I hope you’ll do the same. Swing on by to share your Party Side every Wednesday. You can link up any parties, party decor, party printables, party paper items, party ideas, gift ideas, anything PARTY related!! I’d love to feature you and show off your fabulous parties so make sure you linkup!

    Nicole @

  6. Love the cake you are so talented!! I am going to be featuring your adorable party tomorrow. I would love it if you stopped by to grab our featured button!! Thanks for linking up to the Two Savvy Sister's Party Like A rockstar Partay!! Hope to see you next Wednesday, have a great day!!


  7. so cute, I love the kids parties too. Look forward to seeing her 2nd

  8. This is too cute for words, great job on such an adorable and fun party! We did Monkey for the 1st year and her 2nd birthday party is in a month, theme is ladybug. Yep got to plan for a whole year in advance uh! LOL

  9. Wow!!! This party is FABULOUS!!! I am so impressed. You did such a great job.

    I wish you could help me with my party planning. I am working on a circus party for my kids' joint birthday party in a couple of weeks. Any tips??

    I am your newest follower from Two Saavy Sister's 'Get your Party On' linky party. I can't wait to see more of your creative party planning.

    Hope you'll stop by and follow back.


  10. Looking awesome have special beautiful 1st birthday wishes for you sweet girl.