Natalie was barely 6 months old when I started brainstorming ideas for her birthday. When I saw Winter Onederland pop up in one of my Pinterest searches, I knew that was it. So, as summer weather rolled in, I started looking at snowflakes and hot cocoa bars and little snowmen on cupcakes.
I’m so happy with how everything turned out. But much more important than any of the decorations or food or plans I made was the happiness of sharing the day with our families. Natalie has filled our lives with joy and it was such a gift to watch everyone celebrating together.
The birthday girl seemed to enjoy herself too! Sometimes she’s quiet in big groups, but she happily went from person to person, watching everything that was going on and making us laugh with her expressions and interactions.
It was everything I could have hoped for in celebrating her first birthday, and I’m so thankful for a special day that we’ll always remember.
For those that are interested in a few more party details, here’s how the Winter Onederland theme came together…
I went with a silver, white, and pink color scheme. I tackled a couple pretty simple crafts – a wreath for the front door and hanging paper snowflakes.
I also found some supplies at a craft store – snowflake cut outs, silver pine cones, a snowy branch and silver branches, and silver votives.
Pink and white chocolates and Jelly Beans in baby food jars served a dual purpose as both decorations and snacks.
In keeping with a winter theme, the menu for lunch was chili and soup. I found the chili recipe here and my Mom brought beef and veggie soup. The chili was a crockpot recipe which helped a lot because I could prep everything the day before, then just turn it on in the morning. We served cornbread (recipe here) and veggies and dip at the tables as well.
Natalie enjoyed the usual finger foods. Green beans and apples are current favorites!
I made two cakes – one for the adults and one for Natalie. Ours was chocolate and Natalie’s was a sort of carrot cake. Less rich but still yummy (I tasted some of the extra!). The recipe can be found here.
I used mini pans to make a 3-tiered cake for Natalie. She was pretty dainty about getting into it. She enjoyed the frosting for a bit, then I cut it open so she could try the rest. Yum!
I bought a pack of white fondant to create the cake decorations. I used cookie cutters to make snowflakes – dyed pink or dusted with silver. Natalie’s cake got a special little snowman topper as well.
I wanted to do something fun to send home and really liked the idea of a hot chocolate favor in baby food jars. The hardest part was cleaning the sticky labels off the jars (haha!) but once that was done they were pretty easy to put together.
I used silver spray paint for the lids, then topped them with personalized snowflake monograms that my Dad had made at work. I filled them with hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows so everyone could go home with a little something.
So there you have it, Natalie’s Winter Onederland 1st birthday! I still can’t quite believe that she is one! What a fun way to celebrate an incredible first year. I’ll leave you with a couple extra pictures of the cutie (with her presents) since I can’t resist!