Caroline’s Cozy First Birthday

  • Sparkle1/19
  • Trimmings from our Frasier Fir Christmas tree made the perfect greenery2/19
  • I used mugs where I could to match the "Hot Cocoa" theme3/19
  • Sweet Birthday Hats and a picture of the birthday girl from a year ago4/19
  • Birch Tree Place Card Holders5/19
  • Cake6/19
  • Pretty, sparkly cake7/19
  • Food table8/19
  • winter 2012 0549/19
  • Hot Cocoa on a Stick10/19
  • Meringues, Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels, Hot Cocoa on a Stick11/19
  • Food table12/19
  • My sweet girl in her party hat13/19
  • Board Books as favors for the kids14/19
  • Caroline's First15/19
  • Birthday hats and cotton candy16/19
  • Yum17/19
  • White Cotton Candy Snowballs in the background18/19
  • Food table19/19


For Caroline's December birthday, I wanted a cozy feel so I chose a site with a large fireplace, leather sofas, wood paneled walls, and an intimate spot for everyone to be together.  I wanted mostly white foods.  I'm disappointed I didn't get a better picture of the cozy fireplace area.

Design Inspiration

Fresh, clean, sparkly snow.

Decorating Style

Relaxed and fun.  Simple, but elegant.

Project Details

A friend, Erica Praschan with Erica Praschan Interior Design, made the cake.  We agreed a fluffy white, buttercream cake with sparkling sugar was just right.  I also made meringues sprinkled with sparkling sugar.  The Hot Cocoa on a Stick is always a hit and looks pretty too.  I made cocoa blocks and homemade marshmallows and put them on sticks for serving.  I used coconut to line the tray for a "snow" feel.  Adults took home Hot Cocoa on a Stick for favors while kids took home a board book.  White cotton candy had a fun snowball feel.  I love the products from Gaddie and Tood, a local designer of amazing party things!  She recently stopped doing custom orders but has many WONDERFUL printables with great instructions.  I ordered invitations from the Gaddie and Tood Etsy page and used her printables for other party things.

Favorite Items

I LOVED the birch tree place card holders which were borrowed from my friend and constant party planning/lifestyle assistant Erica Praschan.  The party hats also turned out really sweet.


  1. 1

    So nice! I love the silvery winter theme and your use of warm and cozy hues. It’s a wonderful contrast!

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