Caitriona wrote in to share her daughter's first birthday party as well as how to make a no-sew party bunting: I've become an avid Ohdeedoh reader since my son was born about a year ago, and with all the party decoration inspiration to be found here, I knew I couldn't let his first birthday pass without a colour-tastic celebration!
There was never any question that there wouldn't be bunting, but as I'm not a gifted (or even average) seamstress, I was definitely going for no-sew paper bunting. I couldn't find any ideas online for making the bunting without a sewing machine, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with my own technique involving paper triangles, a hole-punch and string. It worked out really well (even-if-I-do-say-so-myself) and I was so delighted that with the results that I posted a how-to on my photoblog.
As mostly adults attended the birthday party, we went for some grown-up afternoon-tea themed food. Savouries included homemade quiche, Spanish omelette and sandwiches with ham, egg, smoked salmon & cucumber (with the crusts cut off, of course!). And for the sweet-toothed I made apricot & date scones which were served with cream & jam. I also made rice crispy cakes, cupcakes (which I decorated with dayglo orange, blue and green icing to match the party decorations) and not forgetting the all-important birthday cake!
The cake itself was orange - flavoured and coloured – made from a delicious Nigel Slater recipe I found online. I decorated it with blue-green butter icing and blue, orange and green smarties. It was described by some party attendees as an Oompa Loompa cake – which I am quite delighted to take as a compliment!