A Magical Winter Wonderland First Birthday Party
"Even though we live in Los Angeles and it's not technically freezing over here, I still loved the idea of making a Winter-wonderland-themed first birthday party for Ariella, our little Winter baby," says Emily Klaparda, mom of two and the creative mind behind Emily K Paperie. "I didn't want to re-create those typical Winter parties with penguins, polar bears, and igloos. Instead, I had the idea in my head for a rustic, shabby-chic party that had the Winter feel but was a bit more girlie and sophisticated — just like our little girl!"
With gorgeous and cozy details including Manzanita branch centerpieces, glittery snowflakes, a sweet hot-cocoa bar, and lots of sparkly silver and pink trees, this party makes us wish it was Winter all year round (minus the freezing temperatures, of course).
Emily designed the beautiful invitation, introducing the Winter wonderland theme. The snowflake cake was created by Sweet E's Bake Shop.
Flowers and Lace
Emily created the beautiful flower arrangements herself.
Branches and Glitter
"I found an online tutorial about setting the Manzanita branches in Plaster of Paris," Emily said. "I followed the steps and was very pleased with the end result! I glued dried flowers onto the branches to complete the look."
"I was especially pleased with how the mantel decor turned out," Emily said. "It was a great backdrop for the birthday girl and her cake smash. I purchased some bulk burlap and designed the 'swag' and then tied it up. I found the pink trees at Michaels and then added the floral centerpieces and the birthday banner from Prop Shop Boutique."
Bottle-brush trees from Love It Shabby were one of our favorite party elements. So beautiful, right?
White chocolate Oreos from Sweet E's Bake Shop were displayed with other Winter-themed desserts.
A s'mores bar made eating fun and interactive for Ariella's guests.
Guests enjoying the hot cocoa bar, and a chalkboard sign, created by Emily.
Whole Foods catered the savory offerings.
Soup and Snowy Shooters
Grilled-cheese-and-tomato-soup shooters, next to milk designed to appeal to guests of all ages.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
"I saw these at a party awhile back and thought they would be a great addition to Ariella's party!" Emily said of the grilled-cheese-and-tomato-soup shooters. "They were a great, warm comfort food for a cold Winter day! Guests loved them and even asked for refills."
One-year-old Ariella was the guest of honor at this beautiful Winter wonderland party.