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I can’t believe how quickly time flies and that we already celebrated the twins’ first birthday. I swear it was only yesterday that I was waddling around and in need of a forklift to get out of bed in the morning! Is it weird that I miss that sometimes? But then again, they are at such a fun age, reaching so many new milestones and so much more to come.
With three little kids, planning a birthday party was no small feat. I was so tempted to just do something quick and easy, but, as a second child myself, I refused to throw the twins anything less than an awesome first birthday just like their sister had. I would hate for them to look back at pictures and wonder why their sister was the only one who had such an elaborate celebration. Check out Macie’s Very Merry Unbirthday In ONEderland.
We used their Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf Halloween costumes as the inspiration for their party and went with a Little Red Riding Hood theme. Though I was kind of dragging my feet, it was seriously so much fun to plan this party! We decided to make it a dress-up party for all the kids so they could get double use of their Halloween costumes.
In figuring out decor, I knew I wanted to do a cute dessert table and go with a very foresty woodland theme. Luckily, this theme has been very popular lately so it was pretty easy to find table decor. I also did a few DIY items as well.
This way for all the details…
I purchased a chipboard number one and used craft glue to cover it in Moss. The cute fairy house served as “grandma’s house” and I covered the table with little toadstool mushrooms, acorns, pine cones and a few animals (these are actually Christmas tree ornaments). P.S. If you check out my post about our DIY fairy garden, I ended up reusing a lot of these items to make that.
Beside each cake, I placed a chipboard L and R (their initials) that I covered with coordinating glitter, using Modge Podge. I had ordered some gorgeous wood flowers from EcoFlower for Christmas decor but with the red flowers and pine cones, they just happened to match perfectly so they became the centerpiece.
Using a template I purchased on Etsy, I made birthday signs for each of them. It was a simple download that I personalized using Pic Monkey Photo Editor and then printed at Walgreens. I like that it added a cute and personal touch and is something I can save for them as well. Plus, I can update them for next year!
Much like Macie’s birthday, I wanted very simple cakes, so I went to my go-to cake place, Albertsons. For the toppers, I covered inexpensive candles using brown and red glitter to coordinate with the decor and then added a few little pine cones and acorns. So simple, but I think it came out so cute.
*Side note, I added a couple of layers of Modge Podge, which is non-toxic, to the candles to ensure the glitter didn’t fall onto the cake.
For Macie’s ONEderland themed party, I had made dipped marshmallows, so I did the same again, using red candy melts and little pearls to look like toadstool mushrooms. I found a cute box in the Target dollar bins and already had some little chalkboard signs, which I decorated with red glitter and then filled the box with moss. The glass dessert trays are recycled from Macie’s party as well.
Woodgrain plates displayed cupcakes wrapped in red gingham cupcake wrappers and topped with crushed graham crackers mixed with green food coloring to look like moss. In case you’re wondering, the “deer droppings” are Whoppers. 😉
I also ordered some ridiculously adorable cookies from a local company called One Haute Cookie. They are amazing and I have used them several times since. I simply found some photos on Pinterest and they made exactly what I wanted. And they’re delicious too!
In keeping with the theme, we served “Three Little Pigs In A Blanket”, “Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup”, “Forest Berries” and “Forest Berry Punch”.
All in all, the party went off without a hitch!
This party actually ended up being way less work than the first one I threw, especially since we had this one at home. I am so glad I decided to do something special for these little munchkins.
And as you can see, the kids enjoyed it too. Though clearly, Lincoln enjoyed his cake a bit more than Reagan.
Happy 1st Birthday to these adorable babes! Can’t wait to see what the future holds. But maybe stay my babies just a little longer? Pleeeeease. 🙂
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