At the end of December we threw a party for Taylor’s first birthday. We originally weren’t going to bother with it being so close to Christmas (afterall, how would a one year old know?) but we decided we would start as we mean to go on and not fall into the habit of merging Taylor’s birthday with Christmas…or we just came to our senses and realised that we would be foolish to pass up on the opportunity to throw a good old shin dig.
So I set about ordering some party supplies and my mum kindly offered her cake making talents for the occasion. I decided on a pink and grey 1st birthday party theme and ordered most of the supplies online from Party Pieces. Being a bit of a last minute person, I was quite late ordering so opted for express delivery and was pleased when the supplies were delivered the following day. Unfortunately some of the items were wrong, but they were very helpful over the phone and sent out the correct items for delivery the following day.
I also bought some letters spelling ‘ONE’ from Hobbycraft, which I covered in silver wrapping paper to create a feature piece for the table (this took me far longer than I anticipated, but was worth it in the end!). To carry the ‘birthday theme’ through to the lounge, we had 12 photos of Taylor from each month of her first year on display around the mantel piece, along with some more silver and grey balloons.
We made the mistake of blowing up the balloons the evening before the party (we ordered a helium canister) and woke up to find that they had all deflated the morning of the party! Luckily, I found a random knitting needle (knew it would come in handy one day) which I used to untie all of the balloons and we had just about enough helium to fill them all up again! #Mumfail.
For the food we made a range of sandwiches and dips and I bought a selection of hot food – apparently I was too busy having fun to take many photos, but I’d highly recommend the party food from Sainsburys. We had some of their mini chorizo burgers with salsa and cheese – a little faffy to assemble, but they looked and tasted fab! We bought the cheeses and cold meats from Aldi which were equally as good.
My mum’s 1st birthday cake was amazing and was definitely the star of the table. Incapable of making just one cake, she also made a double chocolate chip brownie cake which literally went down and treat, and some iced buns topped with pink marshmallows.
Taylor loved being the centre of attention for the day. She’s never been a clingy baby and was in her element spending time with lots of different people and being her usual cheeky self. She refused to nap for the whole day and had more sugar in one day than she’s eaten throughout the entire year! It was brilliant to see her have such fun and enjoy all of her new toys.
The party was the perfect excuse to get family and friends together for one last time before we all went our separate ways for the holidays. I think we will definitely be making it an annual event on our family calendar!
Pink and grey 1st birthday party supplies
- Happy Birthday chevron Bunting £9.99
- Chevron cake topper £7.69
- Pink 1st birthday balloons £2.29
- Snowflake confetti – £1.49
- Pink chevron paper cups – £2.79
- Pink and grey honeycomb balls – £1.69 each
All items from Party Pieces.