My Baby's First Birthday: Cake and Cookies

One year ago I never thought I would be racing around at the last minute trying to throw together Roo's 1st birthday party. My pre-baby self imagined a life where I would have a perfectly executed party, organised well in advance with a home baked cake made by me, pinterest worthy decorations, a new dress and a smiling baby. Ha, what a laugh. Although we were able to still tick most of the boxes, the new me is getting better at letting go of things.

Firstly the cake, I am still plagued by guilt that I (or perhaps we – why should The Captain be excluded?) did not make Roo’s first birthday cake. We did manage to make some yummy pumpkin soup for lunch though. I enlisted the help of Jhoomur from Pretty Special Cakes to make a cake and cookies while I wasted many hours in The Reject Shop and Kmart focusing on decorations instead. I also chose to spend any spare moment in the week prior to the party searching every op shop and antique store in the region to find a vintage high chair, rather than finding a party dress. 

We went with a Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit) theme which suited our garden in its spring bloom. There are so many pictures they cannot all fit into one blogpost. The second blogpost with more pics should be out within the week. Enjoy the photos!

To see the second post with more pictures and other details of Roo's party click HERE

Styling Details:

The Cake and Cookies – made by Pretty Special Cakes

· Two-tiered Peter Rabbit inspired cake. Top tier was ginger spice, bottom tier was chocolate. Design featured a hand cut and gold painted chocolate letter ‘R’, chocolate watering can with royal icing flowers, hand moulded white chocolate frog, garden details sketched with edible pens; royal icing fence, green leaves and lavender. It tasted even better than it looked!! 
· Cookies of 7 different designs were vanilla flavour, all hand piped with royal icing and the rabbit cookies were hand painted
· Mini smash cake was a two tiered vanilla cake, filled and frosted with buttercream 

Food and Drinks
· Sparkling drink –lemon, lime & bitters cordial, soda water, chopped strawberries and mint leaves
· Fruit water – water, crushed ice, chopped lemon, mint and strawberries
· Soup – Homemade pumpkin with cream and nutmeg served with hot buttered rolls
· Savouries – a mix of mini pastries from the local supermarket
· Vege sticks – sliced carrot, and celery. Paper cups lined with a dollop of hommus dip

Table Setting
· Metal flower pot stand with mini terracotta pots – Kmart
· Large Chalkboard – The Reject Shop (typography by Finding Femme)
· White milk jug used as vase – a gift
· Glass drink dispenser – Kmart
· Tiered wooden cake stand – borrowed from Pretty Special Cakes
· Napkins – Spotlight
· Papercups – Reject Shop
· Paper soup cups – Reject Shop
· Chalkboard labels – Kmart
· Blue gingham tablecloth – A length of fabric from Spotlight, no sewing or finishing!
· Hessian fabric used as table runner - Spotlight

Garden Decorations:
· Mini white picket fence – The Reject Shop
· Hessian bunting with lace detail – The Reject Shop
· Large Blue Balloon – Lark, decorated with lace and ribbon from Spotlight
· ‘Welcome to the garden’ slate sign – Kmart
· Chalk board signs – from both Reject Shop and Kmart
· Wood signs (‘Once upon a time’ and ‘Messages’) made by me using recycled wood from our back deck and hand painted with paint from Spotlight
· Bunting message cards – made using Hessian squares from Spotlight, paper doilies from the Reject Shop and blue card from Spotlight then all stapled together. Mini pegs from Typo then pegged to twine from Spotlight.

The Party Chair
· Vintage high chair – found at the Mill Market Daylesford then spray painted white using the expert skills of Cax One
· ‘One’ bunting – made by both Finding Femme and I, using hessian squares from Spotlight, paper doilies from the Reject Shop, hand painted ‘one’ using paint from spotlight. All stapled onto ribbon from Spotlight
· Large Blue Balloon – Lark, decorated with lace and ribbon from Spotlight
· ‘One’ hessian sign – Letters from Typo then attached to hessian fabric from Spotlight and hung using twine

Photos taken by Finding Femme and I.

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