It is an incredible feeling to reach this milestone in a child’s life – the first birthday. I wanted to make it very special for us. First of all, since she is only turning one, we decided to celebrate it in a quiet family circle and with close friends – with the ones who were always here for us and who have shown amazing care and support throughout this first year.
The theme for our girl’s first party was the card game UNO. Once the theme was decided, it made it easy to pick the colours for the setup.
We always tend to pick places for celebrations in green gorgeous surroundings. This time we found a beautiful botanic garden in the mountain community not very far from us. It is the most magical, calm, beautiful place. The photos turned out spectacular there.
Talking about photos. As we picked the UNO theme we got a party set from the local discounted store with blue, red, white colours. Balloons tied to the basket work always so well for taking photos with young kids.
Food. Well, it was easy: kebab stick with deli marinated veg, olives, dried tomatoes and cheese; fruit kebabs, deeps; crackers, and baguettes with fillings like ham, cheese, tuna, and veg.
For dessert, I made a cake that turned out so delicious, light and moist. Here is the recipe (obviously you can replace coffee with milk, I used decaffeinated coffee ):
Sift together dry ingredients in a bowl. Add oil and milk; mix at medium speed for 1 minute. Add eggs and vanilla; beat 2 more minutes. (Batter will be thin.)
Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans (or two 8-in. round baking pans and six muffin cups).
Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes. Cool cakes for 10 minutes before removing them from pans. Cool on wire racks.
Meanwhile, for the icing, combine the ingredients mix at medium speed. Refrigerate for 10 min. Frost cooled cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Since our party theme was UNO, the obvious choice of entertainment was a game of UNO. I came up with our own rules: when someone puts down 7 everyone had to blow a kiss to the birthday girl; 9 – everyone had to put a hand on the pile of cards, etc. You can get creative and make up your own rules.
Being in the garden with a lot of trees and bushes hide-and-seek game was a winner.
I bought a couple of UNO games and with one I made a raffle – gave a card to each person and drew out the prices later.
Photo competition game: we divided into teams and every team had to come up with an idea for a photo with our birthday girl.
We were incredibly blessed to have an amazing time with our guests and beautiful girl. It turned out to be a very memorable day. I thank God for every second of it as the family is what matters the most.* This post may contain affiliate links to products I use or recommend. Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave your comment below.