A Party of Firsts

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 in Kiddo, Party Time | 18 Comments

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Ice Cream Social Birthday Party + Mara Dawn

First birthday and year of life. First time trying cake. First time eating ice cream. This party was quite a milestone maker that was both sentimental and sweet. We gathered a few of our close friends and family and celebrated my son’s first year of life with lots of ice cream and love.

We wanted to do something that would be engaging and fun for the grown ups because sometimes first birthday parties are more awkward than enjoyable. Since it was the middle of summer, and we are big ice cream lovers, we went with a homemade ice cream social theme. Luckily, some of our friends and family jumped at the chance to make ice cream, so we ended up only making one flavor. Everyone else supplied the rest! The flavors were: cake batter, honey lavender, chocolate peanut butter, fresh mint chocolate chunk, salted caramel and strawberry basil. All the flavors were delicious and most were quickly devoured. There were toppings and waffle cones to make sundaes and soda to make floats. Even Alder and a few of his older baby buddies tried, and loved, the ice cream. Disclaimer: don’t judge us too harshly, we only gave them a few bites of ice cream. It was all in good fun.

Although it was an ice cream party, I wanted to still do the traditional cake as well. I threw together a quick cinnamon apple cake and covered it in white sprinkles. It was not the most professional, but he didn’t seem to mind. We couldn’t stop laughing as he repeatedly planted his face directly down in it.

I went a little overboard with the decorations. However, I love every opportunity I can get my hands on to come up with creative party ideas. There were three different types of homemade garlands, chalkboard ice cream menu markers and a folksy, woodland, hand-painted tablecloth. A special thanks to my friends Kesha, Jenn and Michelle for pitching in and helping me craft at the last minute. Many of the decorations could not have been finished without their help as my ideas were greater than the time I had allotted. Love you ladies!

We had a few people remark to us afterwards that they were surprised they had fun at a first birthday party, so I’d consider this party a success, indeed.

In case you missed it, here are my posts about the mood board and invitations.

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18 Comments

  1. Corina Nika
    08/28/2013

    Aw! So sweet, happy birthday to the little one

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  2. Cheryl
    08/29/2013

    Yeah! What a stylish and delicious party! All homemade ice cream? Impressive. I love the mint chocolate chip color scheme and the flavor, of course.

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    • Mara Dawn
      09/02/2013

      Yes, it was all homemade, but everyone pitched in. Thank you Cheryl!

      Reply
  3. Victoria
    08/30/2013

    Oh my goodness, Mara! What a wonderful First birthday for your sweet little man. I love the ice cream theme and flavored sound so good – especially the ateawberry basil 🙂 I love everything you did, and the cake looks both beautiful and delicious! So happy it was a success, but I had no doubt!

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    • Mara Dawn
      09/02/2013

      Thanks Victoria, you always have the kindest words.

      Reply
  4. Lyndsay / coco cake land
    08/30/2013

    Oh this is so cute Mara! I love the photo of Alder going whole hog on his cute little cinnamon cake! Beautiful party, love the pics and the invite design, too!

    Most importantly, happy 1st birthday Alder! 🙂

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    • Mara Dawn
      09/02/2013

      He was quite hilarious with his cake + thank you.

      Reply
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