Ariella’s 1st Birthday Party – Rustic Winter Wonderland

  • Winter Wonderland Birthday Invitation and Birthday Cake
  • Winter Wonderland Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Winter Wonderland Centerpieces
  • Winter Wonderland Gourmet Marshmallows and Cake Pops
  • Mason Jars with Lace and Burlap
  • Winter Wonderland Birthday Banner
  • Fondant Cupcake Toppers
  • Winter Wonderland Flower Arrangements
  • Winter Wonderland Lace Food Labels
  • Burlap Mantel Decor
  • Winter Wonderland Table Centerpieces
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  • Winter Wonderland Front Door Wreath and Snowflake Balloons
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  • Chocolate Covered Oreo's and Snowflake Cookies
  • Winter Wonderland Birthday Invitation
  • Winter Wonderland Chalkboard Signage
  • Winter Wonderland Table
  • Winter Wonderland Hot Chocolate Bar
  • Food for Winter Wonderland Party
  • Grill Cheese and Tomato Soup Shooters
  • Hot Cocoa Bar Chalkboard Signage
  • Winter Wonderland High Chair Banner
  • Winter Wonderland Party Food
  • Grill Cheese Shooters
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  • Winter Wonderland Birthday
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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!

Design Inspiration

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.

Project Details

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

Gourmet Marshmallows: One More Bite , Mia Mallows ,  Guimauve Confections

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

Crocheted Snowflakes: Sew Fun Creations, Edangra, Zolayka,

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

Front Door Wreath: Dandelion Crafting Company  Letter A: This Makes Me Happy

Snowflake Balloons: Single Source Party Supplies

Flower arrangements: Designed and created by me

Rentals - Linens, tables, & chairs: Classic Party Rentals

Birthday girl attire: Baby Gap and Poppy Bows

Lace Placecards: Designed and created by me

Catering: Whole Foods Catering

Return Address Stamp: eDanae

Photography: Beth Stirnaman & Emily Klaparda


Favorite Items

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!


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    It’s hard to believe that so many of the items are DIY, they are so well-made and coordinated!

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    Hi! Your party is my inspiration for my sisters baby shower. I LOVE the invitations and was hoping you could elaborate on how you made them?

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    I have been planning this theme for my daughter’s 1st birthday. I just love your invitations. Would you be willing to do them for her birthday?

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    Hey Molly. I saw your comment on here and thought I might be able to help. I used the invitation I saw on here as my inspiration and recreated one of my own. If you would like to email me, I can share the one I made for my sisters baby shower and create one for you.
    [email protected]

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    Hi there – I love this theme for my daughters 1st bday, would you be willing to sell it to me?

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    Hi Sam, I am looking for something similar for my daughters birthday, would you be willing to share the invite you created?

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    Hi Emily this party turned out amazing! I am doing this theme for my daughter’s first birthday and using your party as some major inspiration (you are so talented). Do you have any leftover items/decorations that you would be willing to sell? Please email me if so [email protected]. Thanks!

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    I’m doing tomato soup grilled cheese shooters for our party. How did you keep the grilled cheese warm? I figured I would put the tomato soup in a crockpot to keep warm, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the grilled cheese?

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    This is so amazing! I am looking for inspiration for my own 21st winter wonderland themed party but I don’t think I could ever manage something this perfect! A few people have already asked, but I just thought I would ask again- how did you manage to create such amazing invitations??? Advice would be much appreciated!

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    Hi Samantha. I know this was forever ago, but was wondering if you still had any info or the listing on the invites you created for this?
    I’m planning my daughters party as well and would love to use.
    thank you

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    I am going to be doing this for my son’s first birthday… Where did you get the coffee cups? Love the natural look!

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    This is gorgeous. I plan to mimic so much of what you’ve done for my baby girl’s first party in December. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    I love your invitations! Where can I get these or at least the paper to print them on?
    Thank you!

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    Hi Emily
    This is a gorgeous birthday party :)
    Just wanted to ask you where did u get the paper rosettes with snowflakes that you have on the wall? I would love to have smtg similar to my daughter’s baby shower


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    Hi Everyone – Thanks for your sweet comments! In regarding to the tomato soup and grilled cheese shooters – here’s the scoop: Keep the soup warm in a crockpot on Low or Warm. Have someone re-fill the tray of shooters when some get taken. We made the grilled cheese ahead of time – slice into triangles and keep warm in an oven on low or a toaster oven. Or, you can just have a crockpot on the table with tomato soup in it and have the guests serve themselves!

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