I can’t really believe it, but this little boy just turned one. He woke up on the morning of his party with a cold, but soldiered on all day. His party was at our place, and with 70 guests expected, it had to be outside because our house is tiny! With showers predicted, we put a massive tarp up at the end of our covered entertaining area and had the patio heater going. Thankfully the weather was kind to us – chilly but with gorgeous blue skies. The theme was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and we went nuts with the star shaped decorations and food.
I printed Jake’s milestone photos and pegged them along a string. The cards I use in the photos are illustrated by Beci Orpin, I got them from here.
On the menu: slices (made by my sister), vegemite and cheese sandwich bites (for the babies), fairy bread stars, jelly oranges, sandwiches, lollies, chips, milky ways, cupcakes, a fruit platter (made by hubby’s mum), vegies and dips, star biscuits, little boys, sausage rolls (made by hubby’s stepmum), quiches (made by my mum) and the cake pops. There wasn’t much left over!
The star toothpicks and straws for the truffle pops were from Lark.
That’s the baby jail we created for the little babies. I bought an extra playpen off a facebook mum’s group selling site for $7 which we clicked together with our existing playpen to make a mega baby jail. There are 3 foam exercise mats as a base with a huge picnic rug on top. It was great to have the babies safe and happy in there! The bigger kids played in/around/on the cubby and slide for the entire party. Jake loves that slide! I made the bunting from scraps leftover from the hot air balloon mobile I made for Jake’s nursery.
He spent the majority of the party wandering around the backyard with his walker (a $5 op shop bargain!) – needless to say he slept really well that night!
The party officially went from 1-3pm. Jake usually naps at 2:30 so we did the cake right around then. The cake is a white chocolate and honeycomb cake (recipe here) with white chocolate buttercream (recipe from here). The first time I made the cake as a trial, the white chocolate ganache split, so I gave up on it. I used the buttercream instead, tinted with blue food colouring (although it turned out pale green probably due to the white chocolate and/or the butter?!) and used a petal icing technique (tutorial here). The icing was time consuming but pretty simple, and great if you’re not very neat at icing (like me!). The stars coming out of the cake were made from glitter paper, the smaller ones cut with a star punch, the bigger one traced from a cookie cutter I used to make the fairy bread into star shapes. They’re simply hot glued onto a skewer. You can just see one of the star garlands in the background of the photo, made from the same glitter paper and stitched together on my sewing machine (which I should really clean the glitter out of!!).
Jake had one of the cupcakes and demolished it. It was like watching the cookie monster eat a cookie!
Immediately after this photo he cracked it, so off to bed he went! The party kicked on long enough that people were still around at 4:30 when Jake woke up from his nap. This meant we could open his presents in front of the remaining guests – my goodness he was incredibly spoiled. What a lucky baby!