It was bittersweet planning Gavin’s Winnie the Pooh first birthday party. As all parents know, every new milestone is such a joy to watch, but there is also a pang of sadness that this is the last time for an old milestone. We watched to just focus on the happiness that day, so I decided to plan another storybook themed birthday party (Landon did a Peter Rabbit first birthday party) for his first year of life! Winnie the Pooh has always been one of my favorites, something Landon loves to read, and was full of characters that Gavin enjoyed as well, so I felt it was the perfect starting point.
I have to start with my favorite two details — the invite and the favors!! I worked closely with Penny from Penny’s Craft Studio on Etsy and she is AMAZING! She made these from scratch and I’m obsessed with the level of detail! And the cookies were done by Chubby Heart Cookies who went above and beyond!
The food table was meant to feel like Hundred Acre Wood. My mom and I hand made a 3D tree out of paper and had the various characters from the books floating down on their balloons! All the foods were aptly named — Piglets in a Blanket, Pooh’s Scrumptious Sandwiches, Produce from Rabbit’s Garden, and so much more.
The highlight of the dessert table was, of course, a 3D hunny pot cake made from scratch by my mom! She’s made some pretty crazy cakes of the past few years (check out the cake version of Granger!), so it’s always fun to see what I can challenge her with for the parties — so far nothing that she can’t conquer! We filled in with Tigger Tails, Hunny Pots, Acorns, and even more treats for the kids.
Gavin had a test cake for his cake smash and wasn’t super into it… but by his party, he was ready to taste test! We went crazy eating so much cake that eventually he rested his head on the top and we knew it was time to call it! Granger, of course, wanted some licks… luckily it was all vanilla!
Most of the kids who were attending were not babies, so I did plan a few activities for the older ones! We had Mr. Sanders’ Fishing Hole, where they could catch magnet fish; Pin the Tail on sweet Eeyore; and, of course, a hunny pot pinata, complete with Pooh sticking out the top!
Food Signs | Allyson Leigh Events
Honey Jars | Kozy Kabin
Wooden Honeycomb Display | WNS Wood & Tool
Pinata | Ripley’s Party
Invitation | Penny’s Craft Studio
Pin the Tail Game | La Artista Samantha
Favors | Chubby Heart Cookies
Stamps | Edelweiss Post