May 3rd, 2013

Leon Turns One! Part 2

Leon’s first birthday went off without a hitch. A break in the weather provided the perfect sunny Autumn picnic day we had hoped for.

Playful ideas incorporated into Leon’s party were…

Image 1. Invest in organising an experienced photographer to document the day. In my case,
I was able to utilise the talents of best friend Jane Allen, the photographer I trust to photograph all the important milestones of my life. I adore her ability to unobtrusively capture both candid moments and styling details in a fresh, contemporary way.

Image 2. Picnic Box Lunches of three varieties were colour coded and presented for guests to choose between, then devour wherever they pleased. The choices were;

Grandma Moses Smoked Salmon Bagel - These authentic Jewish bagels can be purchased at Grandma Moses, 513 Old South Head Road Rose Bay

Italian Salami & Bocconcini Focaccia - The most delicious Prosciutto and Pistachio Salami can be purchased at Penny’s Quality Butchers

Gourmet Poached Chicken Sandwich – Bill Granger has a fail safe recipe for The Best Chicken Sandwiches that has never let me down

Image 3. Refreshingly clean White Sangria is the drink of choice for a mellow child’s birthday party on a warm day. My sister Billie made a White Sangria with Apple and Mint found on The Clever Carrot blog

Image 4. Sandwiches were meticulously (painfully) wrapped in Blue Gingham Napkins from Lark. The Picnic Boxes also contained a re-portioned striped bag of potato chips (Kettle) and Nicoise Salad served in Ice Cream Pails. I sourced Horizontal Stripe Favour Bags, Ice Cream Pails as well as wooden cutlery from Sweet Style

 Image 5. As young as Leon is, there is no doubt who his favourite person is outside of his immediate family, Mickey Mouse (of the Clubhouse). Using Bonnie The Baker’s Vanilla Cake recipe (for the Mountain of Maltesers cake she made for Briar of Sunday Collector), with a vanilla icing recipe and umpteen boxes of Oreo’s, I set to work making Mickey Mouse cupcakes

Image 6. Recently, at another first birthday, I relived my youth and made myself ill smashing through an Adult’s Lolly Bag on the drive home. In hindsight, I enjoyed the experience immensely and thus provided my guests with the same. Mine were Yellow Candy Stripe Paper Bags filled with Retro lollies from Georgiou’s Confectionery in Petersham

Image 7. To suit the primary palette of the party, I went for large bunches of singularly coloured standard sized balloons (against the trend of the oversized)

Lastly the highlight of the day was the rigged game of Pass The Parcel we had arranged for a mass of under 2 guests (supervised by their excited parents). Age/sex/personality specific gifts were selected from Lark and ‘passed’ to the enthusiastic little ones. Their expressions were priceless!