Winter ONEderland Birthday Party

I recently had the privilege of hosting and celebrating a first birthday with one of the cutest kids I know. I made my way up to Minneapolis last weekend and got to enjoy some good food, but more importantly, spend some time with good friends of mine.

Our theme was Winter ONEderland so our event space was a charming warming house set against the backdrop of a sledding hill and a frozen skating pond. And when I say frozen, I mean it. I think it was a high temperature of 4 degrees that day. Even though it was frigid, the sunlight spilled into our space and we had a warm fireplace to keep us all cozy.

I made sure we had plenty to eat, but more importantly, an incredibly cute printed paper suite and corresponding decorated cookies.

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On one table we had a coffee and hot cocoa bar along with a custom dessert table.

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These chocolate dipped marshmallows were rolled in toppings like peppermint and toffee. Guests were encouraged to dip them into their drinks to customize them however they liked.

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On a separate table there were kids activities with custom paper mats. There were gingerbread men which they could decorate with frosting and a variety of sprinkles. We also had cute kid friendly foods as well.

Kids Menu
PB&J sandwiches cut into gingerbread men
Mac & Cheese bites
Ham & cheese pinwheels
Rice Krispie treats drizzled with white chocolate

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Lastly, I have to show off this custom highchair banner that served as an adorable accompaniment to the birthday girl’s first taste of cake. Such a cutie!

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Elmo

I can hardly believe it, but my little niece is turning the big 2 this Sunday. Over the last year she has flourished into this amazing, spunky and all around adorable little girl. I was thrilled when I received her party invitation in the mail. My niece is obsessed with Elmo….so much so, she was Elmo for Halloween.

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How adorable right?!

I volunteered to make cookies and ran online and got the cookie cutter I needed. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ll be using this cutter a lot in the future.

The key to a good Elmo cookie is the black outline. I started by using a #1 tip and outlined all of the fur.

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I let that dry overnight. There’s nothing worse than rushing the process and having the black bleed into the rest of the cookie! If you can’t wait that long, I highly suggest using a small oscillating fan. It shortens drying time and oddly enough adds a nice shimmer too (bonus!)

Next, use a #3 tip and flood in the face with red.

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Follow with the yellow nose and white eyes. Once again after flooding everything I let it dry overnight. The next morning I added in the black to the eyes and put them by the fan to dry quickly.

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Here are the final products!

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