When this little Lala bird flew into our store last year, she immediately captured the attention and hearts of our customers and ever since has spent her time flitting to homes all over the country. Mine was one of those hearts captured by her simplicity and sweetness and so, inspired by the colour palette of red, pink and chocolate, I set about creating `an afternoon of sweet tweets' for friends and family to celebrate the first birthday of the littlest birdie in our nest, Zoe.
I have been promising our customers this post for far too long now - so for those of you with a little Lala bird party already in the planning or those of you seeking inspiration for a theme that is unique and adorable all at once, settle in and enjoy!
For the littlies -
Birds Nests (an absolute hit! I will share the recipe for you in another post)Worms in dirt
Baby birds (mini cupcakes with simple birdie features
The sweets buffet -
Chocolate fudge brownies
Individual berry trifles
Hazelnut meringue sticks
All made with love in our kitchen
Lemon iced tea
Pink party punch (with three girls, we pull this one out at every party!)
Bubbles and Beer
Hot chocolate shots
A little Lala bird onesie for the birthday girl complete with polka dots and heart-shaped button eye.
That cake - inspired by this one and made by my oh-so-clever Mum, who always denies she is capable and then takes my breath away. There was tears! Oh and just because I'm a details girl, can you guess what the cake was on the inside? Mmmm - hummingbird!
Repurposing an already existing shelving unit as a background for the dessert buffet - simply move contents away - or to the shelves below eye level - and fill the cubes with elements to style up the party.
Separate dessert buffets for adults and children - adults often outnumber kids at a First birthday party and it is nice to honour grown-up guests with something other than fairy bread and cheerios (although I know we all secretly love that about children's birthday parties!)
Framing the invitation as decor - a mini masterpiece!
Incorporating photographs of the birthday girl as a baby and with her sisters into the buffet display.
Homemade bird softies as favours for Zoe's little friends too young for sweets.
Take-home lolly bags for the adults too - yes, it really is all about us!
Party drinks served in clear vessels - a nice touch of colour.
Mini hot chocolate shots in pink polka dot espresso cups - a simple, fun way to warm up!
A creativity table to keep kids of all ages busy with bird-inspired colouring pages, collage and ornament making using feathers, love hearts, flowers, beads, bells, paint and sequins.One Little Lala Bird invitations and tags by Alannah Rose Designer Stationery at Details, details! Similar designs using this motif and colour scheme are available for Baby Showers and other parties, so the one-year-old is optional for this party theme!
Birdcage paper cutouts by Little Retreats (Etsy). I mounted these onto painted canvases to create artwork.
Beautiful wooden tree at Hart & Heim - now a lovely addition to Zoe's woodland nursery
Pattern for sewing fabric birds from Spool
Bird's nests (holding labels) from Prior Engagement
Happy Birthday and Bird Garlands and Bird tags used as labels - all by Paperklip Design at Details, details!
Personalised Cupcake toppers from Details, details!
Chocolate take-out boxes as children's favours from Details, details!
Sweets from Tom's Confectionery Warehouse (jaffas, jelly bellies, strawberries and cream, milk bottles, musk sticks, maltesers, strawberry and chocolate bon bons, mini musks) and Coles (red gummi love hearts, marshmallows and cute gummi toadstools!)
Vintage-inspired name print (with `Sweet Tweets' table) from Sarah + Abraham
Wrapping paper as table runners from Details, details!
Paper lanterns from Details, details!
I have had such fun remembering this party - but I do wish that my baby bird would stay little just a bit longer. March officially marks the start of Party Planning 2010, so to officially archive the parties of 2009 we will be bring you more great details from these celebrations over coming days.