I can’t believe how quickly a year has gone by, but my little bambino Sophia is officially 1 year old! I went back and forth on whether to host a birthday party for Sophia, or just keep it simple and take her swimming to our club (she absolutely loves swimming!). Whilst I really wanted to celebrate her first ever birthday, part of me thought that it might be a little overwhelming to have a big party and that she wouldn’t remember it. In the end, Simon and I decided to throw a birthday party for Sophia at our house and I am super glad that we did; the pictures from the day are amazing and are such a great memento to treasure.
It wouldn’t be a party without some decorations, but I didn’t want to go too crazy and spend a fortune on decorations. I kept it pretty simple and just made the kitchen table the focal point, as the party is always in the kitchen 😊. I already had a duck-egg blue tablecloth with white spots that I was planning on using to cover the table, and found (at HomeSense….Simon would say this is my favourite store LOL!) some lovely pale pink and duck-egg blue decorations that went well with the tablecloth. Final touches were to get some helium balloons; Simon ran out the morning of the party to get them whilst I finished up decorating the cakes. Voila, decorations sorted!
For the munchables, I made homemade beef burger sliders (a good size for all of the mini-humans in attendance LOL); chocolate, coconut and raisin honey o’s crunchies; cupcakes; and the vanilla sponge birthday cake. I decorated the birthday cake with smarties just how my granny used to make my birthday cake when I was little…adorable.
I absolutely loved baking Sophia’s birthday cake, although I was a little concerned that my sponge might not work as I hadn’t made a birthday cake in such a long time. I made the sponge the night before the birthday party just in case it was a total flop, but it turned out splendidly…phew! I left the sponge to cool overnight on a wire rack and then I set to decorating the cake with buttercream icing and smarties on the morning of the party. I was in buttercream making mode that morning as I also had to decorate all of the cupcakes too….num num num.
Decorations and food sorted….now to the beverages. I filled up a large mason jar dispenser with water and lemon and set this out with cups etc. for everyone to help themselves too as I figured that I would be too distracted looking after Sophia to be a great hostess and ensure everyone had drinks. Simon was the perfect host though and made sure that everyone (well, the adults only LOL!) was given a glass of bubbles and OJ when they arrived.
After an hour and a half of eating, playing and having fun, Sophia was completely pooped and had to go for a little nap to recharge her batteries….birthday party over. Sophia didn’t open any presents before her nap (she had already had her nap of the day so I wasn’t expecting her to sneak in another one…I guess the party was too much excitement for her though) so we had this fun to look forward to when she woke up (although everyone had gone home by then). Sophia was such a lucky monkey and was thoroughly spoiled rotten with all the lovely gifts…although her favourite part was playing with the tissue paper!
I am so glad that we hosted the party – it really was a lovely day. Roll on the 2nd birthday party!