My Party: Declan

Los Angeles, CA

Oh the irony to all of us buried in snow that Alana wanted a winter party for her son's party - the grass is always greener! She shares all the wonderful details: We turned a sunny and hot Los Angeles day into a Winter ONEderland for my baby boys first birthday! Complete with snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and a Hot Chocolate Bar, the day was full of winter fun in 80 degree weather!

The inspiration for this party came from wanting a winter themed birthday party and not knowing if I will ever have that chance again. I love winter and all its decor! I also knew that this might be the one and only time I get to pick a theme for a party!

I started looking for invites on Etsy and found one I loved that happened to have a whole package to buy along with it. The package included everything to print and cut such as banners, cupcake toppers, and food place cards. In going with this theme, I also knew I would be able to save some money on decor considering a lot of things would be on sale after Christmas.

The idea was to bring a cold day into a Los Angeles home. We hung lots of snowflakes from the ceiling, stuck snowflake decals to the windows to bring that snowy feel, and decorated little Christmas trees with snow and snowflakes. Shelves were decorated with snowmen, snowflakes, fake snow and penguins. A balloon wreath hung on the front door to great guests. Banners cut from card stock hung on the bannister, as well as on the tables and shelves. It added a nice, fun element to the party.

For food I decided I wanted a "hot" and "cold" theme so I served warm foods such as "Keep Your Piggies Warm" pigs in a blanket, Homemade Mac-N-Cheese, "Cold" Cuts, fruits and veggies, and various cheeses and crackers. Wine, beer and sodas were for the adults and water and juices were served for the kids.
In the center of the food/drink table was a centerpiece I made from branches. On the branches hung a picture of Declan from each month. I also added some fake snow and snowflakes to finish it off.

The dessert bar was full of sweet treats. Peppermint Brownies, "Snow Powdered" Donuts, "Snow Dusted" sugar cookies, and Frosted Sugar Cookies in the shapes of mittens, snowmen, snowflakes, and penguins covered the table. There was also lots of candy in the party's color scheme. We had everything from jelly beans, to M&M's, Pixie Sticks, Hershey's Kisses, Red Hots, Peppermint Bark, various chocolates and Rock Candy Sticks. I incorporated the candy as part of the take home gift with cellophane bags put out to fill up. Declan's smash cake was my favorite part of the party! Shaped like an igloo and adorned with little penguins, this banana flavored cake was almost too cute to be smashed. We also had mini cupcakes in 3 different flavors for the guests to enjoy.

The Hot Chocolate Bar was one of my favorite ideas! I wanted lots of fixings for the cocoa so I had whipped cream, lots of different sprinkles, crushed peppermint, mini marshmallows, crushed graham crackers, mini chocolate chips and peanut butter cups. For the adults we had Bailey's and Peppermint Schnapps.

The guests included family and close friends. We have a lot of friends with small kids so I needed to have some sort of activity that was easy and not to overwhelming. I bought an inflatable swimming pool and filled i twith lots of balls for them to play in. We also had sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and a balloon lady.

The take home gifts for the guests were a mason jar filled with Moose Tracks and some sugar cookies my aunt in Texas made. The kids got a felt pail with a book, a train or truck for the boys and some barrettes for the girls, as well as a snowball shaped water bottle.

This party was all I could have imagined and more. I loved every aspect I brought to the day and I know that it was loved by all. There will always be a special place in my heart for this day. Not because the party was so much fun and so wonderful, but because there were so many loved ones together that day celebrating my baby boy turning one!

Thanks Alana! Readers, you can find more photos and details of Declan's party at Life on the Mom List.

(Images: Alana De Leon-Lott)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.