Rustic Spring First Birthday Party

 Isabel’s spring first birthday party was a wonderful chance to style my first proper kiddy party! Isabel’s dad has a love for horses so no better venue than Horseshoe Barn in Sidcup, Kent. The venue location is so idyllic and we even had sally the pony to meet and greet our guests! The venue is so modern, clean and oh my, the toilets are big and clean! The venue also helped to shape the rest of the party, with its raw brick walls, high ceilings and lots of sunlight. I wanted to create Cocospring vibe using feelings of neon and pastel colours, explosion of flowers, citrus and coconut. I wanted to create cheerful! You can read more about how I got to the the theme Cocospring here.

FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY kids table styling event

FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY INVITATIONS

I began by contacting Dami from Lish & Lou Paperie who designed all of the printables including the invitation, food tent cards, vellum placemats, by hand drawing all of the graphics and digitalising the bunnies for the invitation. They came out super amazing.

FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY spring isabel

PARTY DECOR

One thing I wanted was party wands. Using Poundstore tissue paper and ribbons from tiger stores uk, I stripped and glued them to long lolly sticks. They were so much fun to see the kids use them to sing happy birthday to Isabel. Pound land is a great place to get some first birthday items and gifts!

FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY party wands diy

The favours were a mish mash of large glitter balls,  circus balls, flower pens, watercoloring pencils, all to reflect a little something of Isabel. Isabel loves glitter, she love balls, she is surrounded by flowers at home and is cray cray over pencils! I threw in swirly straws and raisins and it was good to go. These were put in bunny bags by Meri Meri, and for the older kids, plain paper bags with bows and decorative straw.

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I also had a drinks table set up with Taylor’s Rose and Lemonade Herbal tea; water garnished with mint and cucumber; and Cocospring Mocktail! Cocospring mocktail is grapefruit juice and guava nectar mixed with lime juice and lemonade. It was garnished with grapefruit segments, lime slices and pretty edible flowers from Greens of Devon.

We set up a kids banquet table with green runners from Tiger Stores UK, and cute jam jar floral arrangements from a very talented florist, Ali from Bloomologie. She was ever so kind to whip this all up last minute and really interpreted my wild spring theme. Unfortunately, we were unable to use custom made balloons from Luft Balloons due to processing backlog from Customs (sigh!), so used cheap store balloons from Asda to line the table. To fit with the wonderful colourful theme, we had rainbow plates and cutlery set out placed on beautiful vellum placemats and a mini bunny folded tissue. The kiddies were met with a little treat from BKD London…a bunny cookie in the style of the invitation!

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FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY ikea party children's plates

DESSERT AND FOOD TABLE

Our baker friend, Mary, baked the most delicious naked cake. It was layers of carrot, lime and coconut and decorated with lots of edible flowers, macaroons. It was a floral explosion and ever so pretty. I wanted the cake to stand out so I placed it on a red and clear glass cake stand on top of a crate above the rest of the food.

FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY naked wedding birthday flower cake

Oh my, you need to taste these marshmallows from La Maison Guimauve. Divine, flavoursome, pretty and definitely not your standard haribo! Added to that was brown rock candies, donuts on sticks, and cucumber and blueberries in pots. I got two bunny plates from TKMaxx to put sandwiches and Fish pie for the kiddies. I made nutella sandwiches cut into bunny shapes and egg sandwiches. I made edible glitter wands from breadstick and chocolate. They went in a flash. I also made floral pink chocolate. Of course we made Ella Kitchen Foods and Hipps Organic Foods available too!

FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY luxury french marshmallows

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I made a delicious cous cous salad and a blooming crostini station. It was such a hit! Towards the end of the party, we put out Jellof Rice, chicken and fish for our party friends to take home. I was pleased that the food went down well and there was something for everyone.

FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY crostini station

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ACTIVITIES

Isabel loves baby sensory and no better way to celebrate her first birthday than having a baby sensory party! It catered for babies from 6 months to 99 year old babies! Yes, even adults had fun. Rebecca and Lindsey from Baby Sensory themed the party to fit in with the spring theme and it really complimented the party!

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I arranged a little escapism for parents, a mini back massage from a lovely masseur. That was a real treat!

We couldn’t end the party without pass the parcel which had goodies hidden in different layers but the main prize was Isabel’s favourite book, ‘Pass it On’ which is  joyful and uplifting picture book about finding happiness in the smallest of things. The mama of the winner read the story, which was so heart warming. You can get your copy from Foyles or Amazon.

Isabel’s first birthday party was so much fun and know that the cute pictures taken by Kgmotso will always bring a smile to our faces.

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Isabel's 1st birthday - 5

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Spring First Birthday balloons tablescape

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FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY rocking horse medal car push on car

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VENDOR CREDITS:

– First Birthday Party Styling: Me!
– Graphic Design, Invitations and printable paperie: Dami of Lish & Lou
– Photography: Kgmotso of Motso Lifestyle Photography
– Cake and Cupcakes: Mary of Mary Bakes.
– Venue: Horseshoe Barn
– Edible Flowers: Greens of Devon
– Bunny Cookies: BKD London
– Marshmallows:  La Maison Guimauve
– Florist: Bloomologie
–Party Plates, Party Spoons and Forks: Funfetti, Amara

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18 Comments

  1. April 22, 2016 / 7:52 am

    Beautiful pictures Esther. The decor was gorgeous! I love your creativity!

    • cocospring
      April 22, 2016 / 7:59 am

      thank you so much!!! And thank you for helping me out too!

  2. April 22, 2016 / 8:00 am

    You did a faaaaab job Esther – it was an amazing party – Isabel is a blessed girl xx

    • cocospring
      April 22, 2016 / 10:01 am

      thank you so so much! xxx

  3. April 22, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    I loved loved loved this!

    • cocospring
      April 22, 2016 / 5:28 pm

      you darling! Thank you!

  4. MannyPats
    April 23, 2016 / 12:35 am

    This birthday looked amazing man. Well done. The selection of cheese and olives would have been finished by me alone 😂. A very good read. Nice one sis ! x

  5. April 23, 2016 / 11:23 am

    This is the moment! The life changing moment! Go forth and shine on!!!!
    This is it!! Love it! Style, flair and elegance!
    Just the kind of stuff you were born to do!
    More and more to come!!!!

    • cocospring
      May 2, 2016 / 11:26 pm

      awwww uncle Banji! Thank you for your encouragement! hahahaha

  6. April 24, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Man, how come I’m just seeing this blog post? Your website looks really nice! Isabel’s party looked like so much fun with all the pretty decor!! I’ve always known you to be creative but this right here, is a gift!!

    I’m so calling you for ideas for my wedding and baby parties too hehe (and you better take your calls too lol)xx

    • cocospring
      May 2, 2016 / 11:26 pm

      Awww Ogor dear, thank you for your kind words! Yea, I love this theme! The party was fun, so exciting times ahead….lol

  7. 'Yemie
    April 24, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Awesome! Well done,Esther. I love the creativity x

    • cocospring
      May 2, 2016 / 11:25 pm

      Aww thank you Yemi for your kind words 🙂

  8. Ope Sodipe
    April 25, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    Wow! I love the splash of colour and the style used to design the party venue. Sounds like everyone had fun! Well done Es! You really were born for this!

    • cocospring
      May 2, 2016 / 11:25 pm

      You sweet heart, thank you so much!Sure, the feedback was that the kids and adults enjoyed them selves so thank God and #winning! lol. Cant wait to see you soon x

  9. April 29, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    Amazing party! Wonderful theme! All the details just perfect! So inspiring, thank you for sharing xxx

    • cocospring
      May 2, 2016 / 11:24 pm

      Thank you so so much for your kind words!! Do you have a blog I can read? xx

  10. May 14, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Intriesteng articles on information like this is a great find. It’s like finding a treasure. I appreciate how you express your many points and share in your views. Thank you.

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