I can’t believe my baby girl is already a year old! We celebrated her birthday on Saturday with a Spring Garden themed party.
Her outfit was made by Violet at Organicheadbands on Etsy. I absolutely loved it. Claire enjoyed playing with the ruffles.
My mom flew in a couple of days before the party to help out and decorate the cakes.
For the tiered cake base, I made a double recipe of this Vanilla Almond Cake. I made two layers of this Strawberry Preserves Cake for the top tier and Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Cake for the Smash Cake since Claire’s current favorite food is blueberries.
I made a little banner out of cardstock and butterflies to tape to her high chair.
I made these paper poms from a Recollections kit and taped them above the table (make sure to tape them well so they don’t fall randomly into the food- I may have had a close call or two). Here is a DIY tutorial to make your own out of doilies.
I arranged her monthly photos along the window with mini wooden clothespins and kitchen twine.
For the food: I ordered mini clay pots (3Pk 2.5″ Terra Cotta Pot)and buckets (Mini Metal Buckets,Pack of 12)from Amazon to hold the vegetables (celery, rainbow carrots, and grape tomatoes). I served them with a Ranch Dipping Sauce.
I arranged crackers, cheese (some cut into flowers with vegetable cutters similar to these: Happy Sales Stainless Steel Vegetable Cutters), chorizo and sopressa on a platter.
I made a variety of scones ahead of time (Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Chip, Cardamom Vanilla Bean Cream, Pesto Parmesan) and froze them on a baking sheet without baking, then transferred to freezer bags. Right before the party, I baked them straight from the freezer with just a couple minutes added to the baking time.
I filled little serving cups with Bird Seed (Cereals, Marshmallows, Pretzels) and Cheddar Bunnies.
Not pictured: My mother-in-law made Lumpia (Filipino Egg Rolls) and Pancit (Noodles with chicken and vegetables, traditional on birthdays for long life). I also made these Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs.
Plus a double batch of Vanilla Bean Lemonade to go with the assorted beverages.
I made this chalkboard to match the one I made Evan for his first birthday party. I spray painted a large canvas with a couple layers of chalkboard paint (Rust-Oleum 1913830 Chalkboard Spray, Black, 11-Ounce). I printed off the letters in my desired fonts. I filled in the underside of the paper with Chalkboard Markers (Liquid Chalk Markers – Color Wand 10 Panit Pens + Free 40 Chalkboard Labels Safe For Kids Art, Windows, Menu, Bistro, Whiteboards – 6mm Reversible Nib with Bullet and Chisel Tips), placed them on the chalkboard canvas, and colored over them to transfer the marker using a pencil. I removed the paper and used the marker to fill in the outline, then repeated with the rest of the words.
I also painted a large board for her growth chart. I painted Evan’s blue with a turtle, octopus, and fish to match his Under the Sea theme. For hers, I painted flowers, bees, and a butterfly for the Spring Garden.
Happy Birthday my sweet Claire!