My baby girl, Nora,Â is turningÂ oneÂ and to celebrate, we hosted an intimate gathering of 20-ish people at my parents house in Seattle. Deciding on the theme for the party wasn’t too difficult since Nora is such a dainty little princess who eats her food one bite at a time and can seriously rock a tutu. So we choseÂ the equally dainty butterfly for decoration and the colors that look best on her, pink and purple. Check out her party!
Nora wore her fuzzy pink crown for the entire party and yelled at anyone who took it off andÂ she, of course, wore a pink tutu dress to fit the special occasion. For decorations, we went to Party City, the ultimate party store for kids and adults,Â and purchased pink and purple plates, napkins and cups covered in butterflies and flowers and bought extra bright pink cups and plastic silverware to top off the look.Â We did have to buy some blue cups so Zach would drink from them since he won’t eat or drink from anything pink. “That’s for girls,” he says.
For lunch, we served pizza, macaroniÂ and cheese, a big bowl of caesar salad, watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, and snacks. The food wasn’t necessarilyÂ pink and purple, but youÂ have to feed the crowed, right? When everyone was finished with lunch, the pink and purple really came out!
First cameÂ theÂ fiveÂ layersÂ cake, made with homemade cake batter, food coloring and Duncan Hines whippedÂ frosting. For the original layer cake recipe, click here. Inside were luscious layers of pink and purple cake stacked between vanilla packaged frosting. You can make your own frosting if you don’t wantÂ the cake to be too sweet.Â IÂ suggest making homemade whipped cream and addingÂ vanilla pudding powder to thicken it up. Â Â
Along with the pink and purple layer cake were vanilla cupcakes with more Duncan Hines whipped frosting and each was topped with a fondant flower or butterfly in pink, purple, orange and yellow. To make the shapes, I purchased WiltonsÂ Ready-To-Use Rolled FondantÂ in neon colorsÂ at Michaels, rolled each color with a rolling-pin and cut out the fun shapes using fondant cutters. You can also use small cookie cutters if you don’t want to purchase fondant cutters, but I know I will use them again.