To celebrate my little Rosebud’s 1st Birthday, we had a pink and green garden party at home. Big Brother’s birthday is the next day so we decided to have a joint party. It was a beautiful day for a garden party, the sun shone, bubbles floated in the air, gorgeous bunting fluttered, the kids played, the adults relaxed and all was well in the world.
Theme: I’ve always had a fascination with combining pink and green. Seeing how it was a boys and girls party I thought the pink and green worked well. I was also conscious of years to come with the kids choosing ‘themes’ so a colour scheme was nice and easy.
Invitations: I took some cute pictures of Rosebud and Big Brother together wearing pink and green. I made a montage of four favourites and added text at Smith City photo. I double mounted these on pink and green shimmer paper from The Warehouse.
Decorations: I love bunting. I sewed meters and meters of it in pink and green fabric from Fabric Vision. I purchased fabric that wouldn’t fray and just cut triangles and stitched them to bias binding. You can learn how to make party bunting here. I made several tissue paper pom poms in a gorgeous bright pink and green. You can now purchase tissue pom poms ready made from Kmart, however they aren’t as full as homemade ones. You can learn how to make pom poms yourself here.
Party Food: Being a first birthday we had several adults/friends at the party and the time of the party was lunchtime so we needed a decent feast. The savoury items were bacon and egg pie, cheerios, club sandwiches and mixed savouries. For sweets we had cupcakes, tarts, tiny teddy race cars, teacup biscuits, lolly cake, meringues in big glass jars and lollies in jars. You can see how to make the cute teacup biscuits here. For the kids drinks I purchased bottles of drink and then covered the labels with my own drink labels. I recycled bottles and made half of them water ones. To finish the bottles off I tied a little ribbon to each lid.
Cakes: Daddy Ian is the birthday cake maker in our house. We started this custom when Big Brother was a baby and we were deciding on some family traditions to begin. I particularly love this idea, as I am the one busy looking after all the other party elements so it is nice to not worry about the all-important cake. Ian is also a fabulous baker and being an engineer he can put together some fancy cakes. See his batman monster truck cake here. The kids love reading the Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake book. It is hilarious as they often choose it as their bedtime story. We have spent hours reading it and I think we know the cake order off by heart. For this birthday Big Brother picked out the tiger for himself and the number one for Rosebud.
Games: We hired some outdoor toys from the Shirley Toy Library plus Big Brother and Rosebud got a trampoline for their birthdays so this was in full use. We had some running races and everyone won a medal that I had purchased from the $2 shop. We also had a ‘balloon twister’ come and make all the children a balloon. Unfortunately I lost his details. If you recognise him please let me know and I will post his contact information.
Favors: Big Brother and Rosebud gave their guests a little ‘thank you’ bag of pink and green lollies to take home and of course the kids all took home their running race medal and balloon creation.
A special party tip from Tori Spelling’s Party Planning book called Celebratori is to shift indoor furniture outside to create special areas for guests. We shifted our couches, coffee table and a rug outside under a gazebo. It was such a lovely shady spot to relax in.