Having a baby around Christmastime isn’t exactly ideal. I already feel bad that Leighton will get the inevitable “Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas” gifts for, basically ever. But when I decided to do a Winter ONEderland themed party for her first birthday, I realized a December birthday isn’t SO bad. I absolutely LOVED putting this little party together. And the fact that California has actually had some rain recently made it even better. The weather was perfect, it was chilly and brisk and it didn’t rain until after the party ended. There’s nothing worse than a HOT Winter Onederland party.
Our house isn’t huge so I like to do a pretty tablescape as the focal point and then a few decorations throughout the rest of the house. I found beautiful light-up silver trees at Crate and Barrel, the candelabras were a total score from Jill’s Steals and Deals and the cloche and pine cones were from Michaels. Add some fresh flowers and delicious food, and voilà!
I am in LOVE with the smash cake from Arroyo Grande Bakery. She added some delicate sugar snowflakes for a special touch. I thought it looked gorg sitting in the silver cloche. I wanted matching cupcakes with a snowflake cookie on top because I love the dimension it gave the cupcakes (and because the kids needed even more sugar, clearly). We served all brunch items since the party was at 10am. Guests enjoyed fresh coffee, a hot cocoa bar and mimosas (obviously).
I had a chalkboard made for Delainey’s first birthday and had to have one for Leighton’s too. They’re so cute to hang in their room after the party and fun to reflect back on. I ordered both chalkboards from Art by Gillian on Etsy. She did such a great job!
I had to show off Leighton’s monthly photos I had worked so hard to capture each month. So I bought a couple snowflake garlands from Target and glued the corresponding month on each of the snowflakes and used mini clothespins to hang each of the photos in between the snowflakes.
If you have never used a Cricut machine, I would highly encourage you to invest in one. I’ve actually saved money because I can make so much more stuff myself. I used the Cricut to create a Winter Onederland banner. I chose shimmery silver paper and a light pink matte paper for the pendants and the letters. I used a Martha Stewart snowflake cutter and glued silver snowflakes on each of the pendants. I had so much fun making it (is it sad that’s what I call fun these days? lol).
My husband is quite the artist and so he made an adorable Olaf for a “Pin the Nose on Olaf” game, which was a huge hit. Even Leighton was able to enjoy! My nephew, Beau, won the game and got to go home with “Olaf’s Night Before Christmas” book (my new favorite Christmas book – so cute).
One of my favorite parts about the party were the party favors. I got these plastic ornaments and stick-on silver letters from Michaels, put some glitter and fake snow in each one, wrote their name on the back, tied them with a silver bow and hung each on the tree. Each of the kids got to look for their name on the tree and take their ornament home. They loved it and hopefully it’s something they’ll have for a long time.
The birthday girl was dressed to the nines in her sequin tutu from Sugarplum Lane Boutique, paired with a pink onesie with a sparkly “one” from Lola and Darla. And I am uhhhbsessed with the monogrammed rocking unicorn my mom bought her from Pottery Barn Kids. I mean, every little girl needs a rocking unicorn in their room.
It truly was a magical day. Leighton felt so loved and everyone had a great time! I still cannot believe my baby is ONE! This year absolutely flew by. I feel so blessed that we got to celebrate this little girl with our closest family and friends!