Ariella is our little winter baby, with her birthday falling in the first week of January. Even though we live in Los Angeles and it's not technically freezing over here, I still loved the idea of making a 'winter wonderland' themed 1st birthday party for her. I'd seen quite a few winter wonderland kids parties floating around on the web, but I didn't want recreate those typical winter parties with penguins, polar bears, and igloos. Instead, I had the idea in my head for a rustic/shabby chic winter wonderland party that still had the winter feel, but was a bit more girly & sophisticated. Just like our little girl!
My design inspiration for the party constantly evolved, but in the end I settled on a rustic & chic winter themed party. I was drawn to lots of burlap, lace, jute twine, and birch, and I mixed those elements crocheted snowflakes, snow covered manzanita branches, and blush & cream colored roses.
A special 'thank you' to all my wonderful vendors who helped make all the party details come to life!
'Ariella' banner on mantel: Prop Shop Boutique
Birthday Cake, cake pops, & chocolate covered Oreo's: Sweet E's Bakeshop
Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Two Sweet Cakes
Winter Truffles: Whole Foods
Snowflake Cookies: Lori's Place
Manzanita Centerpieces & birch vases: designed and created by me, branches by Blooms & Branches
Mason Jars w/ Lace & Burlap: designed and created by me
Burlap & Lace Table runner on Hot Cocoa Bar: Little White Boutique
High Chair Banner: designed and created by me
Lace Crown: Sweet Louise Boutique
Bottle Brush Trees: Love It Shabby
Snowflake Food Picks: Pink Cherry Mama
Winter Onederland Invitations Suite & Thank You's: Designed and created by me, Lace Envelope Inserts: All Things Angela's
Chalkboard Signage: Designed and created by me, Frame by Shugabee Lane
Wooden Snowflake Silverware: Tulle and Twig
Handstamped Wooden Heart Spoons: AngieHeartsJared
Snowflake Balloons: Single Source Party Supplies
Flower arrangements: Designed and created by me
Rentals - Linens, tables, & chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Lace Placecards: Designed and created by me
Catering: Whole Foods Catering
Return Address Stamp: eDanae
Photography: Beth Stirnaman & Emily Klaparda
Manzanita Branch Centerpieces: I had fun crafting these myself! I found an online tutorial about setting the manzanita branches in Plaster of Paris. I followed the steps and was very pleased with the end result! I then put Oasis wet floral foam in the top and inserted the cream roses into the foam. Then, I glued dried flowers onto the branches to complete the look for the centerpieces
Hot Cocoa Bar: This was a real hit with our guests, who loved the gourmet hot cocoa and unique toppings - especially the handmade marshmallows! Perfect for a chilly winter party!
Mantel Decor: I was especially pleased with out the mantel decor turned out, which was a great backdrop for the birthday girl and her cake smash. I purchased some bulk burlap and designed the "swag" and then tied it up . I found the pink trees at Michael's, and then added the floral centerpieces and the birthday banner.
Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Shooters: I saw these at a party awhile back and thought they would be a great addition to Ariella's party! They were a great, warm comfort food for a cold winter day! Guests loved them, and even asked for refills.
Start your planning early! I think I started for looking for winter wonderland themed items 9 months prior to the party - this way I felt I had the time to research items and vendors that would be perfect for my theme.
Plan a "seasonal" party in the actual season it occurs in - it was easy for me to find plenty of winter wonderland themed items, which started coming on the shelves in late August! Lots of great sales, too!