Marielle’s Winter ONEderland Birthday Party

My little Marielle turned one year old last Sunday, January 4th. It was truly beautiful, mostly because she was surrounded by her family who loves her so much. Everyone gathered to celebrate this little girl and her one year milestone. I was a bit worried about her January birthday, because what in the world do you do on the coldest month of the year? As a child, my siblings and I all had summer/early fall birthdays so pool parties were usually the theme. But January…man, there are not a lot of options! Luckily there is Pinterest for that now, which can make you feel incredibly creative šŸ™‚ I figured the winter theme was perfect and how cute is the word play on wonderland? I had visions of glittery tulle, snowflake decor, a yummy hot cocoa bar and warm soup. Perfect! Admittedly, I’ve been planning her theme for months. The details didn’t take shape until closer to the day. I wanted to keep it simple, and keep it to just family as not to overwhelm our little one. The menu was easy. I had the hot cocoa bar for guests as they arrived, dinner was a slow cooker tomato basil soup, cheese fondue, and a veggie tray. Simple, warm and filling! The decor was pretty simple as well…glittery tulle covered the tables, pink and gray balloons, a photo banner of her past 12 months, flowers, snowflakes and a wish tree. I’ve shared some photos below that show the details of her big day! Marielle is truly a lucky girl. She had a wonderful 1st birthday surrounded by grandparents, cousins, aunties and uncles and of course, her adoring parents.

Handmade crown from Meme, decorated by Mama.
Handmade crown from Meme, decorated by Mama.
Hot cocoa bar included a crock pot of hot cocoa, Bailey's for the adults, whip cream, and various toppings, Pirouette cookies and of course, chocolate dipped marshmallows with pink sprinkles!
Hot cocoa bar included a crock pot of hot cocoa, Bailey’s for the adults, whip cream, and various toppings, Pirouette cookies and of course, chocolate dipped marshmallows with pink sprinkles!

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I made a wish tree from Birch branches and made little heart shaped tags with rhinestones of them for guests to write wishes and hopes for her second year.
I made a wish tree from Birch branches and made little heart shaped tags with rhinestones of them for guests to write wishes and hopes for her second year.

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The wish tree and a banner showing her monthly photos from the past 12 months
The wish tree and a banner showing her monthly photos from the past 12 months
I chose Angel food cake with whip cream on top as her first cake. Angel food and whip cream have less sugar than traditional cake and she loved it!
I chose Angel food cake with whip cream on top as her first cake. Angel food and whip cream have less sugar than traditional cake and she loved it!
Whip cream...yum!
Whip cream…yum!
Her high chair was covered in pink tulle that I secured to her chair with a glue gun. Glue gun glue is fantastic, because it's secure, but peels right off at the end.
Her high chair was covered in pink tulle that I secured to her chair with a glue gun. Glue gun glue is fantastic, because it’s secure, but peels right off at the end.
She's outfitted with toys for awhile now...
She’s outfitted with toys for awhile now…

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