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A very simple and Pretty in Pink first birthday party that’s so sweet…
My great-niece turned one and my girls and I got the honor of decorating and baking for it. I’m not supposed to be old enough to have great-nieces yet! Where did the time go? But she is so sweet and I think she liked what we did for her. The best part? The decorations are very simple and easy to do.
For a Pretty in Pink First Birthday for Hope, we made vanilla cupcakes and a vanilla smash cake with Rice Krispy treats. The cupcakes in the shape of the one are so easy to do. Start with a row of two cupcakes and go from there until you get the shape you want. We used one sheet of foam board with 24 cupcakes and we tinted buttercream with one drop of pink gel color.
Tip: Ice the cupcakes when you have them in the shape you want. We had to transport our cupcakes, and it just made it so much easier to assemble since they weren’t iced yet. We used a huge open star icing tip. It makes icing cupcakes so fast and you get just the right amount of icing.
For the smash cake, I used a 6″ cake pan with really tall sides and baked two layers. When they were cooled, I sliced the two layers each in half so that I had four layers. I stacked each layer with buttercream between each and iced the cake as smooth as I could get it. It helps to crumb coat the cake first. If you’re not sure what crumb coating is, it’s just putting a thin coat of icing on the cake and then refrigerating it till it gets good and cold. It makes icing the cake so much easier and you don’t pick up crumbs from the cake! I then used a shell tip for the border on top and bottom. I think by the time we got to take pictures, some little fingers had been sampling the bottom border! Didn’t even get a chance to put on tulle for the bottom of the cake. Oh, well, it’s pretty anyway! Then we just topped it off with large sprinkles. Isn’t it cute!!
I made the “Hope is One” topper using my Cricut . I made it 5″ tall by 5″ wide and I used Chopin Font. Adjust the size of the topper to the size of your cake. Since my cake was 6″ across I went with 5″ so the topper would fit nicely and not be bigger than the cake.
To make the topper you will need:
Glitter cardstock (we used purple)
First size and choose the font you like. I learned the swirlier (Is that a word? It is now!) the font, the more fragile it is to work with. Cut out at least 3 from the poster board and 1 from the cardstock. Use the clear glue applied with a tiny paintbrush to layer each of the cutouts ending with the glitter cardstock on top. Allow each layer to dry a few minutes before adding the next layer. Once everything is good and dry, use the same glue to attach the stick to the back. That’s it! Super easy!
For the sweet centerpieces, I used the leftover tulle from the tutu to make pompoms and hot glued them to sticks. I also used my Cricut to cut out the 1’s and hot glued them to sticks also, using the same purple glitter cardstock. We used a variety of glass jars; two different sized mason jars and one Starbucks glass jar. They turned out so cute!
The My First Birthday keepsake I made using Canva. I got the idea from Pinterest but I’ve included a link to one that you can get personalized from Etsy in case you don’t want to design it yourself. The monogrammed canvas with the flowers was made by my daughter Emily. It is part of a gift for Hope. She also made a beautiful floral chandelier/mobile for her. I’ll link to it as soon as she gets her post ready.
To make the Rice Krispies, that my nephew Brandon couldn’t stop eating click here. They were so yummy and I had lots of help making them!
Every princess needs a tutu! This one is light and delicate. I wish the colors would have shown up better in the photo, but we didn’t bring my daughter’s lighting kit to the party. Not a good idea with little ones running around. It was made with pink, green, and lavender tulle and gold ribbon. She loved it and couldn’t stop playing with it! The best part is, when she’s ready to wear it, all she has to do is adjust the ribbon and tie. Princess perfection! For the DIY click here.
I couldn’t resist a picture of those sweet hands in her smash cake. I think it might be my favorite picture. First birthdays are so sweet and precious. We wanted to make her’s just as sweet and delicate as she is. Happy 1st birthday Hope!