Hattie’s First Birthday Party
For Hattie’s first birthday party, I decided to go with an ice cream theme. The choice was a little ironic because I don’t really like ice cream. (You’re experiencing feelings of shock and awe, I know, I’ve heard it my whole life.) I had a “girls day” with a co-worker about a month before Hattie’s first birthday, and she wanted to get crafty. We walked into The Paper Source, and I had no idea what I wanted to create. I was sleep-deprived from an almost one-year-old who had yet to sleep through the night, and I just wanted something pre-packaged and easy to put together. An ice cream cone garland kit caught my eye, and I saw the whole party theme unfold before my eyes (banner found here). That was it, we were going to scream for ice cream at Hattie’s first birthday party!
We celebrated in our home with our family and closest friends. Hattie was dressed for the theme in an ice cream cone shirt and the same pink tutu her older sister had worn 19 months before her.
The decor was pretty simple: ice cream banner, “one” balloon, DIY tassel garland (instructions here), hand-lettered signs, pinks, golds, and lots of bright colors that reminded me of sprinkles.
We did a sundae bar, complete with 4 types of ice cream, 2 kinds of cones, ice cream bowls, wooden spoons, and toppings galore (strawberries, bananas, cherries, crushed Oreos, M&Ms, gummy bears, sprinkles, chopped nuts, Carmel sauce, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream).
I also made 3 types of cupcakes. We had funfetti cake with strawberry frosting and rainbow sprinkles. I also made funfettie cupcakes with vanilla frosting, chocolate drizzle, and topped with a cherry - so they would look like mini-sundaes. My favorite cupcakes were the cone cakes, though (instructions here). They were super cute, pretty easy to make, and they tasted good too!
Drinks were simple with pink lemonade and root beer floats, complete with colorful paper straws. To make the floats easier to self-serve, I pre-scooped the vanilla ice cream into cupcake liners and froze them until the party began. It was simple to just dump a dollop of ice cream into a cup and then pour in the root beer. (Strangely enough, I do like root beer floats.)
I also kept her cake pretty simple, but it was absolutely adorable! I was so happy with how it turned out. First, I made a double layer strawberry cake with strawberry frosting. Then I did a “melted ice cream” cake topper made from a formed Rice Krispie treat and drizzled with melted chocolate. Unlike Eliza at her first birthday, Hattie LOVED her cake. I’m convinced that should would have eaten every single bite if we hadn’t finally taken it away from her. Don’t worry, she got plenty of ice cream and M&Ms as well!
Before everyone left, we had them sign the “guest book,” Izzy the Ice Cream Fairy. Using picture books as guest books is one of my favorite traditions. (We even did it at our wedding). That way, you can read the stories (and the sweet sentiments) all year long. Everyone was also able to take a sweet treat to go. For simple but enjoyable party favors, I filled waffle cones with M&Ms and wrapped them up with brightly colored ribbons.
Her party was a success! It was such a special day with family and friends, and we are so thankful for our sweet Hattie Rae.