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Bubblegum’s First Birthday Party

Bubblegum’s First Birthday Party

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My daughter Aurora is nicknamed Bubblegum (just for now, because she is so squishy and bubbly). She is so happy, sweet, kind, and a total momma’s girl. She loves her older brother and playing with his toys. She just turned one and I wanted to share her birthday party here on my blog. Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

We held her party in the evening, and as a result, we didn’t have a lot of natural light. So the party photographs may not be the most beautiful, but my daughter, our family, and friends fully enjoyed themselves.

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

To make the party more affordable and easy, we chose to have a dessert bar. We served cupcakes, ice cream, candy, and cake.

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

Truly the cupcakes were the hit of the party. I bought pre-made fondant flowers to top them with.

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

The cupcakes were made using a white cake mix (fancy I know).

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

I frosted them with this amazing vanilla bean frosting (click link or the photo below).

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

I stretched myself and made a fondant cake for the first time ever!

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

I posted a tutorial on how to make a fondant cake for beginners (click link or the photo below).

How to Make a Fondant cake

Bubblegum adored her balloon.

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

Until it popped.

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

It took her a while to recover from the shock of her balloon disappearing. But kisses from mommy made it all better.

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

Besides this photo being one of my favorite because of our kiss…I also find it quite funny that my son took the opportunity of us being distracted to steal sweets from the dessert bar.

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

Bubblegum tasted cake and frosting for the very first time in her life.

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

And she loved it!

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

The ice cream and candy were a hit with not only my son but the other kids as well.

Bubblegum's First Birthday Party

After eating, the kids had a ton of fun playing and burning off their sugar rush for the next two hours while we adults sat and chatted.

So while the party may not be entirely ‘Pinterest worthy,’ it was affordable, cute, and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Which is what a party is all about right? I’d say so.

I spent under $100 on this, and many of the decorations are reusable to help offset costs on future parties as well.

Supply List


The cupcakes are on this stand.

Wilton Ruffle Baking Cups, Standard, 24-Count, Pink found here.

sugar pearls found here.

Wilton 710-2215 Icing Decoration, Royal Flower Rainbow, Mini which can be found here.

Cake- I used this cake mix.

Vanilla bean frosting.


sugar pearls found here -I had multiple different colors and shapes.

Conversation Valentine hearts.

Blow pops.


Paper Circle Garland.

Bright Pink Feather Boa.


Steamer (turquoise).

Tissue Balls (Green, Pink, and Purple).

Plastic table cloths (white and pink).

Plus, I used a few things I had around the house.

Fondant cake:

6″ round pan from Wilton.

non stick silicone mats and/or cornstarch to prevent sticking.

multi pack of colors fondant.

cake stand.

Rolling pin.

Cake- I used this cake mix.

Vanilla bean frosting.

candle or other decorations.

Ice Cream:

2 flavors


caramel topping

I hope this has helped a little if you plan a future party.

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Bubblegum's First Birthday Party




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Chelsea @ Life With My Littles

Friday 22nd of January 2016

This is so cute! Happy birthday, baby girl!!


Friday 15th of January 2016

This was a sweet post! I love the close up photos of the cupcakes! I think you did a beautiful job on a budget. I'll share with you one of styling tricks that I use for events- when in need of a backdrop, hang a pretty bed sheet or even blanket that will fit within the color scheme. Sometimes the texture of throws or the patterns on blankets add just the right amount of texture and in some cases, even a bit of luxury to a casual event.

You did a wonderful job on that fondant cake too! That stuff can be tricky to work with. Two thumbs up, Anita. I'm going to share this post with my friend who just had her first child one week ago today. I think she will love it. She does lawyering, but enjoys reading blogs. I'm saving up ideas for her new little baby girl.

Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

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Anita Fowler

Sunday 17th of January 2016

Thank you! What a fantastic idea to use a sheet!! I'll try that for the next party. I was sad that I accidentally bought the wrong size/shape table cloths but I still don't love the plasticky look. So I'll try a table cloth for sure. Thanks!!


Thursday 14th of January 2016

Aw, what an adorable little party! You did a great job :)

Anita Fowler

Sunday 17th of January 2016

Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by.

Elle @ Only Taste Matters

Thursday 14th of January 2016

You clearly have a future as a party planner! What great ideas!

Anita Fowler

Sunday 17th of January 2016

Awe you are really sweet. Thank you for stopping by.