Celebrations

Throwback Thursday: DIY Cake Smash Session

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I hadn’t intended to do a cake smash session with Keira, but the day after her Cupcake Themed First Birthday Party I still had the entire giant cupcake cake untouched because the guests had enjoyed one too many of the mini cupcakes before cake time.  At first I was upset the cake would be wasted, but then realized it was the perfect opportunity to grab a leftover tablecloth, relocate the birthday banner from my dining room to the fence and go outside for an impromptu cake smash session with my little girl.

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Keira was more then happy to have her new puppy join in on the action.  We got Rumbull a couple weeks before Keira’s first birthday so he is still just wee in these photos.

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And then it was time to clean-up:

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It has only been a year, but it is hard to believe the difference in both my babies.

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Photoshoots with the kids usually end up with both them and myself melting down, but I am always glad I took the effort when I look back on the moments I have captured.

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Celebrations, Parties

Cupcakes by the Dozen: Keira’s First Birthday

We celebrated my little girl’s first birthday at the end of May with a pink, blue and green extravaganza of cupcakes.  When I was first pregnant with Keira, I told my sister I would prefer to have a second boy, but I am so happy we ended up with one of each.  Girls parties are a lot of fun!

Invitation

I started by designing the invitation with a cute cupcake graphic and a pink, green and blue chevron print to match a pennant banner I had ordered several months earlier.

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Décor

I carried the same cupcake image from the card onto the drink and cup labels.  You can also see the chevron banner below that I dolled up with cupcakes I cut from scrapbook paper.

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The fireplace was decorated with a banner of giant cupcakes I crafted from coffee liners, and small paper lanterns I glued a crepe paper icing swirl to.  Her name was cut out of poster paper in my color scheme and strung along the same line as the cupcakes.  Above the fireplace was a framed image of her monthly shots and some chalkboard art.

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I also found cheap photo mobiles at the dollar store so I decided to use those to display photo’s of all her “firsts” – first solids, first car ride, first Halloween, etc.  The flower bouquet was a last minute addition, but were in my party colors and too perfect not to pass up at Costco.

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Cupcake Buffet

I considered the cupcakes part of the party décor and chose icing colors and cupcake liners that coordinated.

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I wanted a cupcake buffet, so I made 4 different types of mini cupcakes to give a good variety.  Flavors included mint chocolate, cotton candy, neapolitan and cherry lime.  Small egg carton containers were also provided to allow guests to take mini cupcakes home with them.

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Birthday Cake

I already had a giant cupcake pan from my son’s first birthday so making a giant cupcake cake was an obvious choice.  Even though I hate working with chocolate, I decided to attempt a chocolate liner for this one and was surprised how simple it ended up being.  White buttercream was swirled on the top of the cake and I finished it off with tropical flavoured Mike’N’Ikes for the sprinkles.

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Food

My original thought was to serve nothing but cupcake shaped food and I had a whole board of savoury cupcake ideas planned.  I finally realized that this was a little overly ambitious and went with more of a barbeque theme menu that included just a couple cupcake shaped items.

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I think the favorite food item by far was the twice baked potato cupcakes with sour cream icing and bacon bit sprinkles.  We also served pulled pork filled cornbread cupcakes and I made the tortilla chips for the mango salsa cupcake shaped.

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Favors

I wanted to give something useful as a favor so I came up with the idea of doing bleach pen shirts with each of the kids initials.  They didn’t turn out quite as I expected, but they were still cute.  To finish them off, I wrapped them around a cherry sucker and put them in a bowl to look like cupcakes.  I also had some leftover stickers from the drink cups so those went on bottles of bubbles for the kids to play with at the party.

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It was so much fun planning this party and I am thrilled with the way my first girly party turned out.  There are tons of cupcake theme ideas out there and it was hard narrowing my ideas down – especially when it came to choosing the cupcake flavors!  To see some of my inspiration and other great cupcake ideas and recipes, please visit my pinterest board here.