A Great British Bake Off 1st Birthday Party

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Rooney’s turned ONE last week and we had the best time at her first birthday party over the weekend. I am so excited to share all the details of her Great British Bake Off themed party today!

While I was pregnant, we got hooked on watching all the past seasons of the Great British Bake Off. I know that’s dangerous, but I pretty much had my cravings in check. I’ve never been much of a baker (but I hope that I am a great Baker). It just seemed like the obvious theme for Rooney’s 1st birthday party to have a little fun with our last name.

I almost didn’t want to throw a birthday party so close to when we returned from summer vacation but I knew if we waited too much longer than her actual birthday, the moment would pass. I’m so glad I committed to it and got some invitations out to family and friends before heading North! We had a really great time catching up with Rooney’s aunts, uncles, and cousins we haven’t seen in a while.

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My sister’s friend Ashley of 31 Cookies made these beautiful GBBO themed cookies we sent home with our guests as party favors. We asked everyone to bring their “signature bake” to share in lieu of birthday presents.

I wanted to find some paper plates that looked like floral pattered china on Amazon and pair them with British flag napkins, but cost won out this time and I settled for some fun and colorful plates from Target instead! It would’ve been fun to thrift some real china if we had time as well.

We kept the food simple with a few different types of chicken salad, pimento cheese, crackers, fruits, and veggies for dipping and saved by buying things in bulk at Costco.

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I didn’t know how Rooney would react to her smash cake but she caught on quickly. I baked and cut out the layers for her funfetti box cake and my sister-in-law saved the day by frosting it for me while I finished decorating. We serendipitously found the #1 balloon in the checkout line of the WalMart in Magog, QC and had to bring it back home with us! I made the cake bunting at the last second to hide the skewers we had to rig to hold up the layers of the cake! I warned you earlier… I’m not a great baker. Rooney wanted nothing to do with being crowned star baker with the headband I found at our local H&M but she looked darling in her birthday smock!

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For the decor, I found the striped awning in Target’s dollar spot. It was part of their current ice cream party decor selection. The monthly photo banner came from Amazon (with two fives instead of a five and a nine so we did some last minute rigging) and we added a gold bunting for a little extra flair. I designed posters with cute saying from the show on Canva and had them printed at Office Depot on cardstock. I arranged several grocery store flower bouquets in our Kitchen Aid stand mixer as a centerpiece and we added some confetti filled balloons around the dining room to tie in some of the colors. Overall we didn’t spend a ton of money and it came out to be close to what I envisioned!

I’d love to hear what theme you choose for your little one’s first birthday party and how you decided whether or not to host a birthday party every year.

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