First Birthday Party!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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For Lulu's birthday we decided to have a bit of a celebration to mark the occasion of making it through the first year. We started the party in the early evening and it went well into the late evening. While they say that 1 year olds birthday parties aren't really about the one year old, Lulu certainly had a great time crawling around with the other babies and chasing the toddlers. I barely saw her all night! She partied until 8pm when my parents nicely offered to put her to bed for us. 

Unlike our Christmas Party, this one was much more relaxing. We both had time to catch-up with friends and enjoy ourselves. We did a lot of party prep before hand so the evening ran smoothly. Plus our parents were there to help out too. As for the little details....

The Cake

As all good Aussie mothers who have gone before me, I baked a cake from the Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book. As a kid each birthday we could pick a cake that mum would make us from this book. The book has the best cakes and they are pretty easy to make. Mine, however, looked nothing like the picture in the book, but the whole thing was eaten which is what counts. I look forward to Lulu being able to choose her own cake, just like Nick and I did as kids. 

The crafty decorations:

Wall confetti - made from this cool idea of Beci Orpin's, as seen on the Sunday Collector blog.

Pompom Garland - While we were driving back from holiday I sewed pompoms bought from the newsagency (up close the pompoms are super uggly, you've probably seen them before & passed them by) onto a big line of thick string. We then cut the sting to length on the day to make the pompom garland.

Tissue paper garland - recycled from the Christmas party with new colours added. 

The Toys

The Alice Springs Toy Library my friends. I can't say enough good things about the toy library. After paying a yearly membership, you can pick four free toys and keep them for two weeks. On top of that you can hire larger toys (like the slide above) for as little as $6 a fortnight! AMAZING! 

The clothes:

Me - top Bardot, Jeans Lee, Hair clip Seed Baby
Nick - shirt Yoshi Jones, Jeans Levi
Lulu - top Rock Your Baby, pants Target


  1. what fun! happy birthday, lulu!

    i esp love your tiki bar and your outfit. you look marvelous (but then again, you always do).

    1. Thanks Emily! The tiki bar was an awesome purchase last year from a local boutique that was moving to a smaller shop & no longer had room for it. We'd always wanted one.

  2. How cute!! I *love* the decorations - so simple, but so awesome.

    and congrats! :-) she's growing to be so purty!

  3. Love the polka dots and pompoms. Great decorations for both kids and adults! And Lulu's cape!! What an awesome party outfit.

    I can't decide if I will make Alice's cake or not but your cute cake has given me some inspiration! And I loved the line in this post... Like all good Aussie mothers.... what a fun tradition! XO.


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