When I started talking about Conor’s 1st Birthday Party on Twitter and Instagram, there seemed to be a lot of interest from you guys regarding the decor and what I had planned. I found Pinterest and other mummy blogs invaluable in coming up with ideas for the celebration. I wanted to throw a really fun, colourful party without spending a fortune and I think I managed to do that. Despite a couple of hiccups and me getting very stressed on the morning of the party – it all went off without a hitch. We even got some nice weather! I just wanted to do a post to cover all the suppliers I used and list where I got everything from as well as share a few precious pictures of the special day.
Above: Personalised Sign | Conor absolutely loved the bouncy castle and was fascinated by all of the older children! | Conor’s face was hilarious when he spotted the cakes
I loved the idea of having a personalised ‘chalkboard’ style sign just featuring some information all about Conor. It fitted in really well with the woodland theme and you can customise the colour scheme to suit your party. I decided to use mine on the candy table but I will be framing it and hanging it in his nursery as a keepsake. We looked into hiring a bouncy castle to make sure we had something to occupy all the children who were coming along and I had a nightmare getting a response from local suppliers. I eventually spoke to Abby after seeing her advert on gumtree here. At first I was a bit hesitant to use someone from Gumtree but the prices were very reasonable and it turned out to be a fantastic service. Communications were spot on and the delivery men were fast, efficient and really friendly. I would highly recommend Abby if you are looking for a bouncy castle in the Aberdeen area. We went for the one with the rain cover and slide which was £85 for the day. It was well worth it. I also went retro and bought a swingball set which went down a storm with us 80′s kids!
Owl Vase: Ebay | Fox Doorstop, small rattan basket and leaf ribbon: The Range | Standing Wooden Letters: Ebay | Happy Birthday Burlap Bunting | Moss slices: Notonthehighstreet | Floral and burlap ribbon bunting: Ebay | Personalised sign: Etsy | Mini Cake Stand: H&M | Napkins, paper plates and paper cups: Amazon
I put quite a lot of thought into how I wanted the candy table to look and although I forgot a few things in the end due to rushing about like a headless chicken on the morning of the party, it still turned out really well. You’ll know if you follow me on Instagram that I ended up having to decorate my own cake as the lady who was supplying a cake had to cancel my order due to unforeseen circumstances which was a shame because I love her work. So I took the bull by the horns and ordered three tiers of cake from Marks & Spencers here using the small, medium and large options. I decided to decorate the whole thing myself using sugar paste and icing which I picked up, together with all the tools, for next to nothing from ‘The Range’. Whilst I was there I also picked up lots of other little bits and pieces like the animal pegs to hang the photos from the bunting, the striped straws, some rose garlands, mini cardboard bird houses and artificial butterflies to use as decor for the table. I have listed where I got everything else above.
I saw an idea on Pinterest for a rustic log cake stand and thought this would fit in really well with the whole theme so I got Chris to cut some random slices. I wanted it to look all uneven and natural. I then got my dad to make the stand for me using a large tree branch to stand it up. I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Me and my mum doing the Photo Booth thing! | I pretty much forced Conor to wear those rabbit ears for all of 2 seconds before he ripped them off!
I actually had a lot of nick backs in the house that fitted in with the theme such as owl vases and various jars with animal lids so I incorporated them in too. In all honesty, I chose the woodland theme because of this and the fact that the backdrop of our garden took away the necessity for too much decor! All that nature creates a fantastic backdrop for a party just by itself! If you’re looking for cheap flowers, definitely check out Lidl as I picked up some amazing ones for just £1.75 per bunch!
Me forcing Conor to wear animal ears…again! | Being a big kid on the bouncy castle | Conor’s first time ever seeing balloons!
The bouncy castle got as much use by the adults as it did by the kids and I must admit to having a few goes on it myself! I had forgotten how much fun it was to jump around like a lunatic – it was almost like a workout! I started making the animal figures for the cake about a week in advance to give myself time to mess up and correct anything. Being a perfectionist, I always feel like things can be improved on but I’m pretty happy with how the cake ultimately turned out. I can now see why businesses charge so much for theme cakes because theres a lot of work involved!
I was contacted by the lovely Andrea from Heavenly Cakes By Andrea (currently only a Facebook business page) after posting some pictures about the party. She very kindly offered to do some cupcakes and cake pops to fit in with the woodland theme and I really couldn’t have been happier with them. They were all so cute! They also tasted amazing and weren’t super sweet and sickly like some cupcakes are nowadays.Everyone commented on how tasty they were and there were absolutely none left by the end of the day. I would highly recommend Andrea if you’re looking for a theme cake or smaller cakes for your party.
I made some ‘toadstools’ by using paper straws, marshmallows, strawberries and white chocolate icing. They looked absolutely brilliant on the table and tasted lovely too. I wanted a quirky way to display them so I used three ‘jamjar’ glasses I already had in the cupboard, put some oasis in the bottom and then put some artificial moss over that. That way all of the straws could put slotted into the oasis and be kept secure and upright. I also used paper muffin cases as popcorn cones and displayed them on a cake stand.
I decided I wanted a little area where the guests could take pictures of themselves – almost like a little Photo Booth. So I bought a small sign from Ebay here and just displayed it on a wooden garden chair with a chalkboard sign I got from Ebay and a bucket of various woodland animal ear headbands I also picked up from Ebay. I just left the digital camera on the chair and the guests just took care of the rest! It kind of takes the onus off you having to take all of the photos and you get a nice surprise at the end of the party when you look through all the funny pictures that have been taken.
The whole day was so much fun and luckily although it rained in the morning, it became warmer and stayed dry for the rest of the day. Conor spent most of the day crawling around on the grass or on the bouncy castle. We had BBQ food, lots of catch ups with old friends and new and made some really fantastic memories. The only thing is…now I have to think about what to do next year…