A Berry Sweet 1st Birthday Party

Molly turned 1 at the end of May and we celebrated with a Berry Sweet Strawberry themed birthday party.  This theme came to me when I saw this outfit at Gymboree and just knew it had to be her birthday dress.

I decided to go with the colors in the dress for the decor….light blue and red.  Since Molly’s birthday was Memorial Day weekend we decided to go with a pool party barbecue.  We held the party at Ryan’s aunt’s house on Long Island.  She has a great pool and beautiful setting for a party.

I made most of the decorations myself.  Here are some of the details…

Everything on the cake/dessert table was either blue, red, white or strawberry flavored. We had white chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry licorice, jellybeans, m&ms, gumballs, cupcakes, and strawberry cookies.

The cake was from our favorite local bakery, Cornerstone Caterers.  They never disappoint!

I used these old-fashioned jars for some of the sweets…gumballs, m&ms and strawberry jellybeans.

Gotta have cupcakes…these were strawberry flavor.

Beverages…Skinny Girl Margarita with fresh strawberries for the adults and strawberry lemonade for the kiddos.

I wrapped the water bottles again!

Can’t have a Strawberry themed party without a  Make Your Own Strawberry Shortcake Bar!  Yum!

We served hamburgers, hotdogs, jambalaya, sausage, and strawberry salad.  I even jazzed up the condiments with themed labels.

I had strawberry cookies and strawberry cake pops as favors.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the cakepops, but they were adorable!  Sorry about the shadow.  I really need to learn how to use my camera.

My cousin Lindsey helped make these edible strawberry topiaries which were centerpieces for the tables.  Thanks, Linds!

Even the big sisters coordinated with the party!

I didn’t get a picture of Molly in her swimsuit, but she changed into this cute strawberry swimsuit from Gymboree when she went swimming.  A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E is all I can say.

And here is the birthday girl eating a strawberry…love her!

I hope your 1st Birthday was BERRY SWEET- just like you, Molly Kate!




Little Cupcake Theme Party

I wasn’t going to have a party for my daughter, Morgan’s 1st birthday.  Since her birthday is in March and it is still cold in NY I couldn’t have it at a park or playground and the condo I was living in was too small to host a birthday party so I was going to skip it all together…I mean she is one and won’t remember and she is my 2nd child so it wasn’t my first year to celebrate parenthood.  I was okay with my decision until 2 weeks before her birthday and then I started feeling really, really guilty about not planning anything for her. 

I woke up in the middle of the night sort of panicked and guilt ridden and just started planning a party.  I needed something in a hurry since her birthday was in two short weeks.  I found a theme on Birthday Express that I thought was cute and for the next two weeks I became obsessed with all things CUPCAKE!  I designed the invitiation, researched a place to hold the party and had everything in place before dawn.

I called the venue, Little Scoops, first thing the next morning and secured the date and I was set!  I mailed out the invitations by the afternoon.

I’m documenting some of the party ideas below but this party took place two years ago, before I was party obsessed, so I didn’t get great pictures of every little detail (who knew that was important!  LOL!) and it was before I was into making my own decorations.  I did however love a gorgeous cake!

The cake was beautifully done with a cupcake on top and mini cupcakes around the base by Corner Stone Caterers, my local bakery.

Little Scoops had party coordinators that ran the activities so I didn’t have to do much in that area.  One of the activites I brought in was Pin the Candle on the Cupcake . The owner ended up buying it from me after the party…she loved it so much!

I don’t have a great picture but you can see the aprons and cupcake boxes in this picture.  The kids decorated yummy cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop (a local gourmet cupcake company) and put them in Wilton Snappy Stripe Cupcake Boxes to take home.  I loved that I found boxes to coordinate with the colors of the party- Purple and Pink! I designed a round sticker that said “Thanks for coming to my party!” for the top of the boxes.  I bought plain white aprons for each guest and painted their names on them.  I also ironed on some cupcake appliques.  They wore the aprons while decorating and took those home as well.

And here is the cutie patootie birthday girl with mommy and daddy.  I bought her a dress with cupcakes smocked on it to wear to the party. 

Here she is eating her first cupcake.

Morgan is three now!  I can’t believe how big she has gotten.  She is still my little CUPCAKE and I’ll never forget her 1st birthday!  Mommy loves you, Morgan Paige!  XOXO!