Amanda of the Homely One blog is a long-time Bondville reader and I love checking in on her family and life from time to time. She recently hosted a birthday party for her daughter Sophie's first birthday - such a special one, as much for Mum and Dad as it is for the little one. Amanda shares with us her tips and hints for putting together a simple and perfectly sweet picnic party. Not too much fuss (who needs that for a first birthday?) but lots of sweet touches and lashings of love. Looks pretty perfect to me.
Party: Sophie's 1st Birthday Party
Organised by: Sophie's Mum Amanda (Homely One)
Location: at home in Perth
Theme: Picnic Party
put a lot of time into the cake, making over 150 daisies from fondant
icing to cover the cake (these were made a fortnight before the
party and stored in an air-tight container). The cake itself was a
simple vanilla cake, smothered in buttercream frosting and then finished
off about half an hour before the party with the sugar flower
Party food: I kept to simple 'picnic-style' finger
foods such as homemade sausage rolls, sandwiches, chicken and mango
meatballs, zucchini slice, white chocolate and berry tarts, cupcakes,
chocolate brownies, jelly cheesecake and a fruit platter.
Decorations: Decorations were all made by myself and consisted of a photo board,
fabric bunting, jars of daisies wrapped in gingham ribbon and washi tape
cupcake flags as well as checked tablecloths. I also designed some bag
toppers for the party favours that coordinated with the invites I had
made. We had some smaller tables set up under our patio and picnic
blankets spread out under the shady corner of our yard with a picnic
basket filled with baby toys to keep the little ones happy.
Girl wears: I bought Sophie's dress from a local craft market - it is made by
Etsy seller lalalanddesign. The white petal hat was a gift from a
friend brought back from the UK.
Games/activities: We didn't
have any party games as such - the young ones were happy on the picnic
rugs with our basket of toys and the nearby sand pit while the older
children had a table of bubble mix and bubble blowers set up for them.
Tips/general advice: My advice would be to use as much of what you
already have when it comes to decorating. While I could have gone with
the traditional 'red and white' for my picnic theme, I am more of a blue
person and therefore I chose to go with blue and white instead so that
things like tablecloths, platters and so on which I already owned fitted in
with our theme.
Also, when preparing for any party, do as
much as you can ahead of time. Sort out things like invites and
decorations as far in advance as possible, leaving the last days to
focus on preparing/buying food.
Thank you so much Amanda for sharing Sophie's lovely picnic party with us. For more photos of Sophie's special day, head over to Amanda's blog Homely One.
Images: Amanda (Homely One)