Friday, 21 October 2016

My Baby's First Birthday: Smiles and Laughs


Goldfields Girl with her baby at their Peter Rabbit  first birthday party

Here is the next post on Roo’s first birthday. If you missed the first post with pictures of the table setting and amazing cake, you can view the post HERE

The theme was Peter Rabbit / Beatrix Potter inspired. We had originally planned to have a ‘wild’ theme but after much pinning on pinterest I realized my vision relied heavily on an outdoor location with autumn colours. The weather has been too unpredictable to have anything at a park and because of all the recent rain most parks are pretty and green. A Peter Rabbit theme would be better suited to the current spring colours. I reluctantly hosted the event at home hoping the weather would be warm enough to be outside under our pergola. It started out as a sunny day then clouded over and poured rain at the end of the party, phew! 

Once Upon A Time wooden sign with hessian and lace bunting

Today’s pictures feature some of my crafting skills (with help from Finding Femme)  such as my DIY painted signs and the high chair I spent the week searching for at every opshop and antique place I could find within a 200km radius! After The Captain did an average spray paint of the chair I ended up calling in the expert. My brother, a graffiti artist, lectured us on my cheap choice of spray paint (turns out it’s not all the same apparently), use of nozzle and hand techniques before spraying it again for us! 

Once Upon A Time wooden sign and hessian and lace bunting

As mentioned in my previous post - I gave up on the idea of baking the cake myself to instead put my limited time into other things such as decorating. This means I must also admit that the shabby chic smash cake was made by Pretty Special Cakes and not by me! 

The decorations were sourced largely from my favourite boutique shops – you guessed it, Kmart and The Reject Shop! Call me frugal or call me tight, I take no offence. You shouldn’t need $$ to decorate a party if you have good style and a theme in mind (although when seeking professional services - you get what you pay for).  

Roo gets no first birthday present from us after choosing to get a professional birthday cake made instead. Although I doubt missing out on a present from us given the mountain he ended up receiving will send him into counselling later on. As much as I thought I would be the one needing counselling over my guilt of not making the cake, I am pleasantly gratified knowing I have pulled off a gorgeous party on a budget and it has turned out just as pretty as a party I’d be spotting on the blog of one of the luxury mummy bloggers who would use anything from a private chef to a fashion stylist for their events. 

I have listed all the styling details last with where I sourced objects or how I made them. If you have any questions just leave them in the comments sections at the bottom of the page.

Vintage baby high chair and bunting for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday

Vintage baby high chair and bunting for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday



Giant blue balloon with ribbons and Peter Rabbit themed first birthday party


Vintage baby high chair and bunting for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday party

Vintage baby high chair and bunting with ribbon for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday party

Vintage baby high chair and bunting for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday

Baby smash cake in vintage high chair with bunting for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday

Baby cake smash with vintage high chair at Peter Rabbit themed first birthday


Baby cake smash in vintage  high chair and bunting for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday

cake smash in Vintage in high chair with bunting for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday

Cake smash in Vintage high chair and bunting for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday

Cake smash in vintage baby high chair with bunting for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday

Baby cake smash in vintage baby high chair with bunting for babys Peter Rabbit themed first birthday

Baby cake smash at peter rabbit themed first birthday party

Baby cake smash at Peter rabbit themed first birthday

Bunting message board at wedding or first birthday

Messages on pretty bunting at Peter Rabbit birthday party

Messages on pretty bunting at first birthday

Peter rabbit themed garden

Goldfields Girl and baby at Peter Rabbit party

Goldfields Girl with baby at Peter Rabbit Party

Goldfields Girl with baby at Peter Rabbit Party

Baby wearing peter rabbit knit cardigan

Baby wearing Peter Rabbit blue knit cardigan


The first post with birthday party pictures is HEREfeaturing the cake and other details!


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.



2 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Beatrix Potter is a great choice for a theme! Everyone looks beautiful.
    from Shelley @ Keebles HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROO!!!

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