Style Your Own First Birthday Party!

Styling a beautiful party for your babe’s first birthday is super simple. It’s all in the set up so you can enjoy time with your friends & family!

If you missed it, the first part of this series – DIY Cake Smash – can be found here!

Let’s jump right in with the THEME

It’s ideal to have a theme at least a few weeks in advance so you can source some items online if you need to. Your theme can be as broad or as niched as you want to make it. The theme for Evie’s first birthday was floral. I knew I wanted this theme early on but it took a few more weeks of planning to narrow the colours down to Burgundy, white and green with pops of pink thrown in. Broad, but with specific details.

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First birthday floral theme naked cake grazing platter balloon garland.


I had a couple of lovely collaborations for the birthday party – customised specifically for needs.

The first was Balloonies who provided the balloon garland. Isn’t it magnificent? My colour requests were: ‘white as the primary, with pops of burgundy, grey and eucalyptus green’. Smashed it, didn’t they? The kit came with balloons of different sizes, invisible line, a pump and instructions. It took me a night to do up and I had balloons spare for other decorations. The flowers and greenery were simply poked into gaps.

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birthday balloon garland

The Cake topper was provided by Raw Designs Co. Jade does beautiful custom work with timber and I used this on both this cake and cake smash cake.

The cake itself was a larger version of the cake smash cake. It was four batches of this Kidspot recipe chocolate cake with whipped cream between each layer and butter cream on the outer, scrapped off the sides to create a naked look.

The secret to a stress free birthday cake is to make the layers in advance and freeze them. I made the four layers needed for this cake over the space of a week, wrapped them in glad wrap and put them in the freezer. I assembled the cake the day before the party while the cakes were still frozen. This made it easier to both cut the tops off for flat layers and to ice it without too much crumbling.

Alongside the cake topper, I added a mixture of silk flowers from Spotlight and real flowers.

I also found these gorgeous liberty print tableware sets at Elle David which went perfectly with the setting.

And lastly, the GRAZING PLATTER

This was fun to create, and largely how I kept the party self-serviceable so I didn’t have to play hostess too much. I knew buying gourmet and anti-pasto type food would get expensive, so we started adding things like dips, chips and non-perishables to our weekly groceries a few weeks before which meant I only needed to buy fruit, cheeses and meats a few days before.

To create the grazing effect, I used a round of wood (sat beneath the cake for a layering effect) and rubbed it with food-grade oil (olive oil is fine to use). I started with the bowls of dip and spaced them generously. I then began adding little pockets of food, filling in the gaps until it spilled over the edge of wood board. final gaps were filled with lettuce leaves for greenery.

And there you have it! A stylish but fuss free first birthday party, adaptable to any theme you choose.

Emily is a Product photographer and stylist servicing the small business and online sector to create beautiful content for websites and social media alike. Find her styling packages here or of you want follow her styling story, check her out on Instagram.

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