So what’s a party without food? I really tried to keep the menu pretty simple, since the party took place right after lunch and I figured people wouldn’t be super hungry. Still, yummy finger foods are pretty essential to throwing the perfect birthday party, and of course there must be cake! 🙂
I’d seen some cute food labels on several of the birthday planning sites, so I decided to make some myself. I tried to come up with clever names for all the food that had to do with the owl theme, but it was hard! I managed to be thematic with about half the names, and just went with cutesy for the rest.
The cookie dip with graham crackers was a huge hit…I found the recipe here (and yes, it does taste as good as it looks!)
I what do you think of that lace tablecloth? Isn’t it pretty? It’s plastic. I found it at Walmart for $2. I layered it on top of one of the aqua colored plastic tablecloths, and tied up the ends so it kind of looked draped. I used paper rosettes as an added detail (tutorial to come). It really looked like a fancy lace tablecloth, but I didn’t have to worry about spills or having to wash it afterwards.
The month photo tree
was the centerpiece, and I added my favorite framed picture from the first year photo shoot.
for drinks I dressed up some mason jars with ribbon, paper straws, and labels (so that people could write their names to avoid mix-ups). I served pink lemonade in a pretty glass dispenser, but I guess that didn’t get photographed. 🙂
I also stripped the labels off some Sam’s Choice water bottles and added party-themed ones.
Cake! I decided cupcakes would be simpler than a sheet cake, and though I was willing to bake and frost them myself my wise hubby convinced me it would greatly reduce my stress level to just order some. I used the closest bakery, which happens to be Walmart.
They were very reasonably priced ($6.50 for a dozen) and even included a free smash cake! I gave the bakery worker samples of the colors I wanted, and they matched the icing perfectly!
I dressed them up with some sprinkles and toppers, and arranged them on the cupcake tower I found at Home Goods. The cupcakes were delicious, and Charlotte thoroughly enjoyed the smash cake :).
Speaking of which…we decided to just put her in her high chair to eat the cake, but of course I had to fancy it up. 🙂 I used the leftover tulle from her tutu and added ribbon and paper rosettes. It was maybe a smidge over the top…never mind, you can never to too far. 🙂 I draped a plastic tablecloth over the back to cover up the un-matching brown seat cover and cut down on clean up.
We moved her to the photo booth area for the big moment…I love how it looks like she’s actually wearing the tutu I attached to the tray.
Baby Girl had no idea what to do with the candle, so Mama and Daddy helped out.
She knew just what to do with the cake though!
Again, I must give credit where credit is due. My Daddy provided his super tasty salsa, Mom made the cookie and fruit dips and helped with setting out all the food, and my hubby and brother took gorgeous photos that made everything look so very elegant. Thanks to all my worker bees, the guests who came, and you dear readers! I hope you enjoyed the virtual party…sorry you didn’t get to taste the cake. 🙂
If you missed part 1 of the party details, you can find it here