Aarya’s first birthday came and went in a flurry of confetti, precariously teetering sugary confections and wild, wild times with homemade party hats [that’s a lie, they made her scream in terror everytime one came near her]. Actually Aarya’s party was a happy joint occasion because Dave and her share a birthday weekend – hers is the 24th of May and his the 25th. This meant twice the cakes, twice the cards and twice the fun!
We had planned for a picnic in our local park so we could have a ‘casual affair’ but as you can see it was never going to be that. I had been wearing out the weather app on my phone for weeks prior which changed hourly from a blistering sun icon to one threatening black thunderclouds. We decided for my sanity we’d move the picnic indoors!
So we dressed the picnic in the beautiful after-school club right across from our flat with picnic blankets and the sweetest cuddliest toys and character cushions IKEA had.
We served picnic food for adults including Indian chickpea salad and spicy potato’s [unfortunately not pictured but you can follow @reenaraywahi on Instagram for her culinary tips from the East] cold twists of delicious vegetable pasta from the English contingent and Pimms served from a much admired recycled look drinks dispenser from Sainsbury’s.
The kids had their own mini lunches presented in very cute SMASKA lunch boxes from Ikea.
I made two cakes – Aarya’s was an eggless four layer cake with cream cheese frosting decorated with Gelatin Bubbles – you can grab the DIY here.
Dave’s cake was a Chocolate Cake with Caramel Buttercream and Crunchy Caramel Popcorn by my baking icon Linda Lomelino and the recipe for Martha’s Raspberry Cream cookies can be found here .
Aarya’s cute as a button Confetti party dress from John Lewis actually inspired the whole Confetti and Candy Stripe theme.
Party decor credits to Pretty Little Party Shop, Rice, IKEA , Deco Baby and Sainsbury’s. All Sainsbury’s items featured can be found at large Sainsbury’s stores.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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