So its done. Little bum has turned one. It was crazy, fun, exhausting, busy, sad and fabulous. We shared the day with some fabulous people and my little tornado wore herself out. All in all, best first birthday party we’ve ever thrown 🙂
When we were planning her party we originally decided to go with an easy, chilled out party. Not too much drama, just some food and friends and family.
That wasn’t quite what happened. But in my defense there were a few outside factor to consider:
- family coming from Albany
- making the party ‘baby friendly’
- Perth’s stupid hot hot hot feburary’s
- my house will not cater for more than ten people
- my house will not cool more than ten people
- Her birthday fell on a sunday, what a great day for a party? (note to first time mums planning party, dont do it on the actual day, talk about strung out sooky mamma).
Anyhoo, it happened. On her actual birthday, in the middle of a heat wave (melt your baby parties are all the rage), with as much crazy as you could poke a stick at (the crazy is me, please dont poke me anymore).
We had the party at Point Walter, along by the river. This was by far the best and worst idea we had. Best because the breeze coming off the river kept everyone cool on the 39 degree day. Worst, because all my fabulous decorations had not been wind proofed. Once everything was set up it looked great (even if I didn’t allow time for ALL the set up). As per tradition we didn’t really get to stop and talk to anyone for very long, we just made sure everyone ate and drunk and was happy. This also included taking miss tornado for a swim twice.
I apologise for the flood of photos… nope, no I don’t. You know that’s what your really here to see. Just a quick heads up, our ‘theme’ was more like a styling tool. We didn’t follow it to the tee, but it helped us choose colours and foods and decorations.
Here is the picture evidence of my crafting crusade over the last few months. Enjoy
Indi Bum’s ‘Strawberries and Cream’ First Birthday
Choosing crafting fabric. Super sweet.
Crafting. Lucky she hasn’t got a long term memory yet, otherwise it would ruin the surprise.
Our Printstagrams. Prints from instagram of tornado for each month.
Crafting a little felt crown was a teary project.
These babies are just spray painted formula tins with cute strawberry fabric glued on.
Pinwheels were a little time consuming (thanks aunty jade and aunty mel) but so worth it. The design was from here.
Aidan helped me craft this cute piece. Our simple knot rag garland.
Paper pom poms. What a task. Got the how to from here.
We attempted and learnt how to make macarons. If you haven’t tried Zumbo’s go out and try now.
The finished birthday present. Made by mamma and daddy. We got the pattern from here.
Our little set up.
Perfect working pinwheels spinning in the wind
Pom poms and garland.
The chalk board and photo board (poster by printstagram)
The thank you’s. Bubbles and strawberries and creams.
Baby friendly area. Pillows, tunnel, toys and tent. Also the decorated mosquito net Aidan’s mum did. If only the wind was kinder, we could have seen it in all its glory.
Pom poms and Bunting (By Aidan’s mum also).
Birthday girl. Little Miss could not get enough ice. Sat there for ages just chewing on it. Like I said it was a 39 degree day.
Tornado loved the pinwheels, they taste so good with ice apparently. My mum made her outfit. Hat and all.
Costume change. I was all set to do a smash cake, I had even allowed myself to ease off the ‘no sugar’ rule and made a sponge. But this kid said no. She said, eewwwwwwww yuk. I’m not touching that. The outfit made up for the lack of smash tho.
Costume change again. Due to crazy heat, this one ended up in the river. Twice. My water babe was in heaven.
The sweets table. I may have gone a little over board. Cup cakes, smash cake, strawberries stuffed with cheesecake, scones with jam and cream, passionfruit macarons, strawberries and chocolate dip, crown and I shaped cookies, fairy bread, plus lots more on the other table that you cant see.
Pink lemonade. Lemonade, Craberry juice and LOTS of ice. Cools you down on a hot day. Also here, people could write a letter for Indi to read on her 18th birthday.
Party in swing.
Swim time. Up close and personal with a couple of black swans.
After the party we all crawled into the air con and had a rest/nap. It was pure bliss. Tornado wore herself out. She went out like a log. Passed out in her bed, ruffle butt to the sky.
So maybe I went overboard. But I’d do it all over again. This was as much a party for us as it was for her. And we certainly had fun making it come to life. Next year poor babe has to share her 2nd birthday with the two of us. We plan on having a joint 30th around her birthday (Aidan is jan 10th, Indi is feb 10 and I am march 10). We are thinking of making it a 62nd Birthday party what do you think? Watch out though, my party planning can only get bigger and better…
Much love peeps xxx