First up we have the baking side of things. I obviously wanted to make a cake, but I've never had much luck with full size cakes before. My mum gave me the recipe for Mary Berry's all-in-one Victoria sponge, which was super easy and turned out lovely. I put jam and butter icing in the middle, with butter icing, pink sugar and mini jazzies on the top.
I also made a batch of brown sugar spiced shortbread, which I made into ovals, and then put mini number 1s on top, topped with pink sparkle icing.
From a crafty point of view, I made three party decorations to brighten up the place. First up was a poster all about Ivy, which we hung on the wall. There are loads of examples of how to make these on Pinterest, as well as pre-made personalised versions you can buy from Etsy. I just bought a huge sheet of light pink paper from Hobbycraft and picked my favourite elements from all the posters I had seen.
I also made some cupcake pom-pom bunting. Again, I had seen a few different versions of these on Pinterest, including this one for sale from Cupcakes Wishes & Birthday Dreams. I used my second biggest pom-pom make to make 10 pom-poms and then hot glued them into cupcake cases. I think topped with a mini pre-made felt pom-pom (again with hot glue) and threaded them all onto some bright pink wool. I got a lot of compliments for this on the day, and it was super easy and fast to make!
Finally, I read a post on Life as Mama about high chair decorations for first birthday parties, and thought it would look super cute for photos on the day.
I made 4 tassles using these instructions from Honestly WTF. I also made two white pom-poms and cut the letters for "one" out of different shades of pink card. I then threaded it all onto some cute "Happy Birthday" ribbon from Hobbycraft and tied it onto the tray of Ivy's highchair. I was worried she would pull it off instantly, but she actually left it alone all day.
Phew! It was a lot of work for something that Ivy won't even remember, but hopefully everyone who came had a lovely time, and all my crafty stuff got captured in the photos!
This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
- Craft for Ivy.