Monday, February 7

{real parties} Winter Wonderland 1st Birthday Party - Alex Krasnoff

Good Morning everyone!

With chilling headlines lately like:
Bracing for Winter Weather
Monster Storm Cuts Across Heartland
A Blizzard for the Record Books

I knew it'd be the perfect day to share with you a "Winter Wonderland" themed first birthday party to get our minds off of the freezing temperatures and warm us up a bit.

Party Girl: Alex
Celebration Type: 1st birthday party
Theme: Winter Wonderland
Inspiration: Anthropologie
Color Palette: vintage blue, raspberry pink, bubble gum pink, ivory and silver

When Alex from Tadpole and Lily contacted me about designing a winter-themed invitation for her daughter's upcoming FIRST birthday party, as soon as she mentioned "with an Anthropologie-vibe" I was excited to get started.

We kept the invitation simple by using various colored snowflakes I designed.
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And then we included a "vintage" font and added a "weathered" effect to the snowflakes to make them seem worn.
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All throughout the invitation design process...
Alex kept me updated on the party details she was working on with Whitney Miller Designs.
I just knew the the end result would be darling.

The photos you are about to see stir up feelings similar to that of sipping a warm cup of hot cocoa on a dreary winter day...
They'll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy...
Enjoy...
"snow white raspberry cake"
topped with a custom cake topper designed by Alex herself.
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desserttable

Mmmm...yum...the inside of that beautiful white chocolate raspberry cake.
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the winter wonderland dessert table
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a homemade banner draped on snow-kissed antique windows used as the backdrop to the dessert table.

Winter Wonderland cookies from my girl Lisa at the Cookie Jar
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S'mores mini cupcakes from Cupcrazed Cupcake Bar
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Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods
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Polar Pies (mini homemade oreos)
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Popcorn balls
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milk bottles made from leftover Starbucks frappuccino bottles
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Silver striped straws from Modern Lola
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Ice Crystals (rock candy)


Custom candle holder from Sweetiepie Caketopper Shop used on the "smash cake"
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A very enticing smash cake indeed...
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I adore this keepsake photo of her tiny hand covered in her very first birthday cake!!
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 Little girl guests received an immediate "party favor" upon arrival...
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a sweet Tadpole and Lily headband.
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lucky girls...aren't they so cute!!!
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Alex made "hot chocolate on a stick" as favors for guests too. (perfect gift to send home)


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And here's the beautiful birthday girl, Leighton, along with her equally beautiful mom and adorable dad!!
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Happy 1st Birthday Leighton!!!
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I'd say this is a VERY happy birthday girl...
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Summing up the party in Alex's own words...
"It took me weeks of planning and accessorizing!  I made trial runs of all the food that I made to taste test and make sure I could match the colors. I got a lot of inspiration from [you] Pen N' Paperflowers! Lots from TomKat and other party girls. I loved the hot chocolate on a stick favor we gave out. People were so excited about them and they were delicious. The whoopie pies were a HUGE hit. They were the first thing gone."

Thank you to Allison Fowler Photography for capturing the event so beautifully...
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I want to especially thank Alex for allowing me to play a teeny-tiny part in this adorable celebration!
And I also want to thank her for coming back and sharing photos with me so I can now share them with all of you.
I was so happy to see the outcome of everything and I KNOW there will be many of you inspired by so many different details of this adorable Winter Wonderland themed 1st birthday party!!


Here are some of my favorite party details:
• the antique windows used as the backdrop (i collect old windows so these struck a chord with me)
• the mini s'mores cupcakes (PERFECT for this winter theme)
• the ceramic egg crate used to present the mini s'mores cupcakes
• the "snow" used at the base of the dessert table labels to accent the dessert table and tie in the winter theme.

Party resources/vendors:
Winter Wonderland Birthday Invitation - Pen N' Paperflowers Studio and Design
Winter Wonderland Cookies - The Cookie Jar
S'mores Mini Cupcakes - Cupcrazed Cupcake Bar
Straws, Plastic Plates and Tie Napkins - Modern Lola
Hot Chocolate on a Stick - (recipe posted by Make & Takes)
Headbands - Tadpole and Lily
Birthday Cake and Smash Cake - M H Brode
Custom Candle Holder used on Smash Cake - Sweetiepie Caketopper Shop
Party Design - Whitney Miller Designs
Ceramic Egg Crate - Anthropologie



Photography - Allison Fowler Photography

5 comments:

RoseMarie February 7, 2011 at 11:16 AM  

The snowy windows is such a great idea! Really nice!
RM, Home Confetti

Alex February 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

Thanks for featuring our party!! Couldn't have done it without your invitation as our inspiration!!

Marie {Make and Takes} February 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

Wow, what a fun party! LOVE those smashed cake pictures. Thanks for the link love!

Melissa C February 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM  

Adorable party & photos.

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