December 29, 2017

Unicorn Themed 1st Birthday

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I can't believe my baby is now a year old! I know unicorns are super popular right now, but they were my favorite animal growing up. Plus, I wanted to use the cake pan I got from my Grandma after she passed away.

Here is the cake pan I used:


It's a rocking horse, but I cut off the rocking part and extended the legs. You can amazingly still get a similar cake pan here. It's slightly different, but it's also by Wilton, so it is the same company. I have no idea how old the cake pan I have is as it was my grandma's and who knows how long she had it!

I ended up making two cakes in case she ended up destroying one during photos or I totally messed one up. Here is the one we used for photos:


I used the tips of ice cream cones for the horn and sprayed them with Chefmaster Edible Gold Spray, which I also used on the candy flowers in the unicorn's mane and tail.

For the frosting, I had managed to find pink, blue, and green tubes at Target. I had to get white frosting and use Wilton dyes to get the yellow, purple, and black.

Here she is with her cake:


You can find the unicorn garland I got for her high chair here and I got the white pom-pom garland from the Dollar Tree. Here is a close up of the high chair:


The one banner was a part of a 1st Birthday kit I found at Homegoods, which also had a 1 candle, birthday girl hat, one cake banner, first birthday photo frame, and 1 photo prop. It was quite the lucky find!

We did a rainbow streamer backdrop with balloons for a nice photo backdrop:


Streamers and balloons were found at Target and Dollar Tree. I used a strip of blue painters tape at the top of the wall, then used double sided tape to stick the streamers on. I did two rows of streamers. Then I taped the balloons on top of the streamers. I had to tape the balloons to each other as well to avoid having a gap between them.

I also made gingerbread unicorn cookies for her birthday as she is a Christmas Eve baby and I always make gingerbread cookies around the holidays, usually men, but I managed to find this cute unicorn cookie cutter.


For party supplies, I found cute unicorn platesnapkins, and a tablecloth at Target on clearance! Luckily you can still find this design on Amazon, otherwise, there are other unicorn designs available as well.


For party favors, I found these adorable unicorn ornaments at Oriental Trading! I wrote "Elsa's 1st Birthday" on the back in sharpie with the date.


Her dress and unicorn horn I found at Gymboree on clearance! Unfortunately, baby girl was more interested in playing with the horn than wearing it, so we only got a few photos of her with it on! 


I had a lot of fun planning her party and as you can see, I did most of the work myself, so I was able to keep costs down. Making the wall and decorating the cake were the things that took the longest. I don't know if I'll ever do another "birthday wall" or if I do, maybe just hang a tablecloth or something simpler instead, and if I do another cake, I might choose an easier method for frosting it. 

However, I don't regret doing it for her first birthday as her photos turned out beautiful and it made family photos so much more fun! 

Did you do a theme or do you have a theme picked out for your baby's 1st birthday? 

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Attribution: Unicorn image used in blog post photo does not belong to me and was found on Pixabay., edited in Canva

40 comments:

  1. My little girl turns 1 in February and I'm loving this themed party! So beautiful and girly- I especially love the colorful cake!

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  2. It all turned out awesome! What a good idea using that rocking horse mold for the cake!

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  3. That's soooo adorable! Happy birthday little one!

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  4. So creative! I loved everything about it!

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  5. Your cake came out amazing! Such a great theme!

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  6. That cake is amazing! Now I want a unicorn party for my next birthday - so what if I'm turning 45 :)

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  7. SO, so cute! I love how creative you got with the decorations. And, super easy fix turning the rocking horse into a unicorn. :)

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  8. This is such an incredibly cute birthday theme. I absolutely love her photo with the unicorn horn.

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  9. So cute! I hope the unicorn theme never goes out of style!!

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  10. Absolutely love this theme! And the cake came out so adorable. Happy first birthday!

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  11. Oooh, this is such a cute theme! I'm trying to think of something to do for my son's first birthday. We're going to a wedding for my friend the day before his birthday, so it's tricky! I think we've also been invited to a brunch on the day OF his birthday for the wedding party, so it kind of clashes. The bride and I are trying to figure out a way to combine the two! LOVE the unicorn, but don't think my son would appreciate it. Maybe I'll do something with lions instead. I think you've just inspired me. Thank you!

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    1. That's great that she's willing to share the day with your son! We actually had our daughter's party on the 23rd (the day before her Birthday) as a lot of family had plans on Christmas Eve. In the future, we plan on maybe celebrating her half birthday instead, to avoid the holidays clashing.

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  12. This unicorn birthday turned out great! I love the banner!

    xx,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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  13. Her dress is absolutely adorable and she looked so happy! I love that cake!

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  14. What a cute party! I love the idea of using a cake pan you had but making it work for what you need.

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  15. Love this! Very creative and affordable too!

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  16. Love this idea, and pics are so cute! My little boy is one in feb i need to get party planning!!

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  17. That is such an adorable cake! I made an Elmo cake for my daughter's second birthday and thought I was going to have carpal tunnel by the time I got all of the frosting piped. Since then, we buy cheesecake at Costco.

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    1. Frosting is hard work, haha! I think we'll stick to simple round cakes in the future and I'll just frost it with a spatula. If she ever wants something more complicated, then we may opt for buying one.

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  18. The cake you made turned out adorable!! My daughter turned one in November and I just did a white cake with a little banner - you're much more creative than me. :)

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    1. Thanks! I think we will stick to simpler cakes in the future as frosting it was a lot of work, but I wanted to put my grandma's cake pan to use and at 1, she doesn't have any opinions, haha! So it was the best time to use it.

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  19. Looks like you all had a great time, such fun memories of such a special day!

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  20. Love the theme! I was obsessed with unicorns growing up too. The cake came out perfectly.

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    1. Thank you! Unicorns were my favorite animal growing up till I found out they weren't real, haha! I then became obsessed with cats (and we have 2 cats now, haha!).

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  21. Oh my goodness. I love this theme! And seriously you are so smart with that cake. Taking a rocking horse cake and not putting on the rocking part! I never would have thought of that!

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    1. Thank you! Originally I planned to just make it a rocking unicorn, but my husband pointed out I could cut off the rocker part. He then said that would make the unicorn look chubby as it would have short legs, haha, so I just cut out the in between part, so the part of the legs is actually the rocking part, lol! You can't tell once it's frosted though!

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  22. You did such a great job with everything! What a great idea with the cake and I loved the balloon and paper backdrop! Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

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