Little Adventurer First Birthday

December 1, 2016

Planning a first birthday party for my little guy is always fun! As with anything, I always want to plan around their personalities. It may seem rather funny when I say this, but even at a young age, they do show great personalities of their own. So when it came to this guy, I knew the first birthday party theme had to be around “The Little Adventurer”/Adventure Awaits. Right from the start, he had shown signs of wanting to be independent, and loves to explore.

With 2 kids now, I have to admit it is a little tough to juggle and try to plan the birthday party with a budget in mind. We came across this lovely community centre -the historic Stiver Mill Cultural Centre in the heart of heritage Unionville. It was perfect the minute I walked in. It was big enough to fit 40 people maximum, but small enough to still feel intimate.


stiver mill cultural centre

We kept it pretty simple, with a few simple décor. I looked high and low for custom printables that got my vision (I had specific ideas in my head, I can’t help it, I’m a planner! ), and stumbled upon this Australian Etsy Shop Penny Paperie Designs. Watercolours, camper van, the great outdoors and the world map. It all came together exactly how I envision it – banner, cupcake toppers, party hat, thank you cards, water bottle wrapper and straw flags. I highly recommend the shop, she was so accommodating and so quick at making changes.

little adventurer first birthday

little adventurer first birthday banner

little adventurer first birthday cupcake toppers

Now on to the dessert table. I had to bake my own cake after all. I have always made my oldest son’s cake, all 4 years, and with no exception this first birthday cake. I decided to keep things manageable for me, I made a watercolour inspired cake to match the party décor. To dress up the cake, I had custom cake toppers made from Wishful Studios. I am so lucky to be in the wedding planning business and have met all these talented vendors I knew I can reach out to and count on. She designed my little guy laser cut wooden toppers – one which is a globe (to represent explore around the world), camper van and a teepee (to represent be adventurous). For some fun elements, I order custom confetti balloons from The Sweetest Thing Confection which my son LOVED!

little adventurer first birthday watercolour cake

little adventurer first birthday

first birthday confetti balloon

For the rest of the dessert table, I ordered them from a small Portugese café called Lucky 20 Café close to my house, who also carries Dufflet dessert.

little adventurer first birthday dessert table

little adventurer first birthday dessert table

And so just like that, a year went by and he’s 1 year old. Thank you to Muse Moi Studios for coming and capturing some moments of us! It is truly special to have pictures to look back to as time passes way too fast, and kids grow up way too fast. Treasure the times, capture the moments.

little adventurer first birthday








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