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My son Beckett is definitely one of the happiest babies many people have met. If fact people comment on his bright smile and incredibly friendly nature all the time. So, I knew that when planning his party I really wanted to capture the all happiness and fun that he brings to so many people's lives every day.
Right off the bat I wanted bring a smile to people's faces and to sweep them up in the excitement of the party. The penguins and polar bears on the invitation simply exude glee as they whiz down the snowy slide. And in the RSVP, I left a little hint that there might be a sprinkling of snow at the party! (So many people were curious as to how we were going to do this in sunny Southern California that they just had to ask. How much fun, right?!)
As our guests arrived, I wanted them to feel like they were truly being transported into a magical wintery wonderland, so I created a whole welcoming committee of penguins, each holding a darling polka-dotted balloon from Polka Dot Market, to greet them. Beckett was in love with these penguins and would giggle and laugh every time he saw them! Over our driveway I made huge welcome sign and softened this with beautiful snowflake printed gossamer from Shindigz and paper snowflakes from Oriental Trading Company and Bake It Pretty.
The Dessert Table
Sweet treats are one of the highlights for kids at every party! With Beckett's dessert table, I worked to capture the fun of the invitation and inspire the imaginations of the children at the party. (I had so much fun setting it up. Don't think you ever really out grow wanting to play with your food!) Gorgeous polar bear and penguin cookies, created by Jen of JP Creatibles, literally slid and sledded down gentle slopes, created under the fleece table cloth, on their tummies and on little sleds that I found on Ebay. Cute polar bear and penguins cake pops by Mom's Killer Cakes and Cookies were displayed in the perfect aqua vessels that I found (on sale!) at Joann Fabrics. I made a batch of cupcakes and decorated them with whipped frosting and rock candy and then adorned each of them with a fun printable party circles from the Winter Onederland Collection which is now available in my shop. Beautiful snowflake cookies from Katie's Something Sweet and snowflake lollipops from Sweetniks floated above the cupcakes suspended on glass cake stands from Crate and Barrel into which I inserted foam discs and then covered them with fleece to add to the snowy look. The centerpiece of the table was a beautiful cake made by Fantasy Frostings and decorated with adorable polar bears and penguins (sculpted by Brittany at Edible Details) who were gleefully sliding and sledding down the topsy turvy angles of the cake. And topping the entire table was a marquee style Happy Birthday sign laden with peppermint detail and candy cane inspired text. For the backdrop, I was lucky to find the ideal aqua snowflake fabric at Joann's and then to bring in even more snowflakes, I spray painted some cardboard snowflakes from Bake It Pretty, aqua and red, and glued them to the back drop as well.
Just in case anyone needed to warm up a little or just wanted to rinse down a few of the tasty treats, I set up a "Warming Station" with Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Milk (for the kids.) I decorated the mugs with a little ribbon and a few printable party circles, "Sweet" for the cocoa and "Cozy" for the coffee. And, I adorned the cute milk bottles and stripey straws (which I was lucky enough to find at Polka Dot Market) with the same printable party circles that I added to sticks for the cupcakes.
Smash Cake Central
Every first birthday party needs a place where the guest of honor can take center stage! So for Beckett's birthday, I gussied up our garage door with bright red and white polka dotted curtains, a little bead board I had sitting around, a printable Happy Birthday banner and a few more spray painted Bake It Pretty snowflakes. I painted an old wooden high chair, I found on Craig's List, red and decorated the tray with a some cute aqua snowflake ribbon from Michaels and a printable name banner.
And, as you can imagine, it's not right to smash your cake in just any old outfit. So I went on a mission to find the ideal 1st birthday attire for my little guy. I searched high and low for the perfect sweater, and where do you think I found it? Ebay. One aqua and red snowflake sweater in the exact right size. Absolute luck! Then I cuffed his jeans with a little red and white striped cotton jersey and Stacie from Beanies By Stacie was sweet enough to knit an adorable hat and Lindsey from Pocket Baby made a coordinating personalized bib and he was set!
Although Beckett was undoubtedly the star of his party, he did share center stage with the "snow". When I first toyed with the idea of creating a Winter Onederland Party, the initial thought that popped into my head, was how the heck was I going to help transport our guests when we don't have one peep of a chance of getting even a dusting of snow out here in sunny, mild Southern California. Although I was sure that the multitude of paper snowflakes which I was going to hang over their heads in our trees branches would help, I really wanted some kind of snow. So, I searched and searched and although I briefly considered the shaved ice/fake snow route, I eventually discovered Sno-Wonder. 99% water, bio-degradable, environmentally safe and a lot cheaper than shaved ice. (It's primarily used for indoor snowboarding parks in Japan.) My husband was sweet enough to build a large frame (kind of like a giant sandbox). We covered it with polyester batting to look more like snow, lined it with a white tarp and then filled it with "snow" and dozens of penguin beach balls from Oriental Trading Company. To add to our wintery theme, I decorated our playhouse with red and white flowers, a little snow, and wreath from Polka Dot Skies and dubbed it Chalet Becks for the day. The kids had an absolute blast!! Snow fights and snow angels. Tons of laughter and buckets of giggles!! I wasn't sure how the snow would go over (it really could have been the great birthday debacle of 2011) and I couldn't have asked for a better response.
When the time came for our guests to go, each child was able to "adopt" a polar bear of their very own and take a small snowmaking kit so that they could have a snow day of their very own when ever they wanted!
- Event Styling, Graphic Design and Party Printables - Gwynn Wasson Designs
- Tissue Snowflakes - Oriental Trading Company and Bake It Pretty
- Cardboard Snowflakes - Bake It Pretty
- Aqua Glass Vessels - Joann Fabrics
- Snowflake Fabric and Fleece - Joann Fabrics
- Ribbon - Michaels
- Glass Cake Stands - Crate and Barrel
- Penguin Beach Balls - Oriental Trading Company
- Milk Bottles - Polka Dot Market
- Striped Straws - Polka Dot Market
- Polka Dot Balloons - Polka Dot Market
- Snowflake Trays - Target
- Wreath - Polka Dot Skies
- Snowflake Gossamer - Shindigz
- Miniature Sleds - Ebay
- Snow - Sno-Wonder
- Cake - Fantasy Frostings
- Fondant Polar Bears, Penguins and Igloo - Edible Details
- Polar Bear and Penguin Cookies - JP Creatibles
- Cake Pops - Mom's Killer Cakes and Cookies
- Snowflake Cookies - Katie's Something Sweet
- Snowflake Lollipops - Sweetniks
- Old Fashioned Lollipops, Malt Balls, Gum Balls and Sixlets - Candy Warehouse
- Polar Bears - Stuffed Safari
- Tea Tins - Specialty Bottle
- Hanna Andersson Snowflake Sweater - Ebay
- Hat - Beanies By Stacie
- Bib - Pocket Baby