Boho Floral Birthday Party

A little recap of our Boho Floral Birthday Party that we threw for our baby girl’s first birthday! Inspiration for planning a first birthday party, decor, healthy snacks, treats and, of course, a smash cake!

Some say it isn’t worth throwing a party for your little one’s first birthday, because they won’t remember it. But you know what? It is absolutely worth celebrating one year of parenthood! It’s not easy, and it’s such a huge milestone to hit that one year mark! I was so happy that we were able to (safely) celebrate our little girl turning one with our closest friends and family. If you’re getting ready for your little one’s first birthday party, I hope this boho floral birthday party gives you some inspo and ideas!

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DIY Birthday Party Decor

The theme of the party was Boho Floral – very similar vibes to my baby shower and her nursery. Since that was our theme, I wanted to include lots of fresh flowers and greenery in our decor. 

Boho floral centerpiece

We strung faux vines from the light over our dining table, and set up this cute centerpiece with blush pink bouquets in large mason jars, bamboo cutlery, a ‘Happy Birthday Sage’ lightbox and faux eucalyptus to tie it all together.

We got this ‘one’ balloon, and all of the balloons were anchored with some little white lanterns that I got years ago from the dollar store.

Boho floral cake decorations

We couldn’t not decorate Sage’s highchair – this gorgeous ribbon decoration was handmade from a local Canadian Etsy shop. We placed her naked style floral cake on a white cake stand topped with this wooden round (similar) and surrounded by baby’s breath, and got the topper from the same Etsy shop as the highchair decoration. I also baked a healthy smash cake specifically for Sage, which you can grab the recipe for right here. 

DIY photo garland

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been taking a photo of Sage on our bed every month since she was born. I was so excited to turn this into a little gallery garland to hang on our fireplace. My sister put them all on a USB for me and I just took them to Walmart to get them printed at one of those instant Kodak printers. 

We used the same faux vines that we strung on our light, and used wooden clothespins to attach each of the photos to it. It was so cute seeing how she’s grown over the past year, and may or may not have made me tear up!

DIY Drinks Station

We set up our drinks station on our console table, with this Happy Birthday sign strung above it. I added more of the blush pink bouquets either side to tie it together with the rest of the room, some bamboo straws, wine, water, gin and ice. 

The hit at the party was this mason jar drinks dispenser which held a ‘signature mocktail’ for Sage, which had fresh sage in it (still alive from my garden)! I’ve added the recipe below (scroll to the bottom to see it) in case you want to make it yourself. It was delicious! 

Healthy Eats and Treats

As a recipe developer, I couldn’t wait to create Sage’s smash cake! This smash cake recipe uses simple ingredients, and replaces processed sugar and artificial flavourings with banana and vanilla extract as natural sweeteners. 

It’s also loaded with sneaky veggies to make it even better for you! They’ll get their healthy fats from the coconut oil and coconut milk, protein from the eggs and almond flour and fiber from the oat flour and carrots. Think banana bread meets carrot cake, with a whipped yogurt cream cheese frosting (also sweetened with banana!) It’s so good, the adults will want some as well!

We ordered  lunch from a local Portuguese restaurant which included roasted potatoes, rice, chicken and a salad. Other food we served up as appetisers, snacks and dessert were…

  • Corn chips
  • Salsa
  • Veggies and dip
  • Cupcakes from a local baker
  • Macaroons
  • Mixed berries
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Chips
  • Oysters
  • Goat cheese and date stuffed croissants with honey and rosemary (a Gigi Hadid specialty my little sister loves to make)

First birthday outfit

Sage wore the cutest little tutu outfit, with long sleeves since it was a Fall birthday. I got this gorgeous handmade floral headband from Etsy, and some pantyhose from Walmart. These are the little gold shoes she wore, which just finished off the outfit perfectly (fun fact she also wore these for her Wonder Woman halloween costume)!

There you have it, all the fun details to creating a special day for your little one even if that means eating cake on the couch in their tutu dress (no judgement)! It was such an amazing day and it was so lovely to see our friends and family, especially after the couple of years we’ve had! I still can’t believe Sage is such a little big girl, and I’m going to be spending the next week looking at all the photos of her growing up and trying not to get teary eyed!

Do you have any top first birthday party tips? Leave them in the comments below to help out other parents and parents-to-be!

If you’re in party planning mode, be sure to check out my Smash Cake Recipe and my Boho Floral Baby Shower.

Recipe

Sage’s Signature Cocktail

A non-alcoholic cocktail that can be mixed with gin for the adults!
Prep Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 lemons
  • 1/2 cup liquid honey
  • 4 litres filtered water
  • A handful of fresh sage
  • Ice
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Instructions:

  • Add ice to your chosen drinks dispenser
  • Squeeze 6-8 lemons, and pour the juice over the ice
  • Mix between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup of honey (depending on how sweet you want it) into some water until it dissolves
  • Pour the honey and the filtered water into your drinks dispenser, and mix with the lemon juice
  • Add a handful of fresh sage and give it a final stir
  • This recipe is non-alcoholic, but can be mixed with gin

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