dessert table
dessert table
Sequin dessert table with ice cream treats
cherries & flakes
cherries & flakes
Mini birthday cake
toppings
toppings
Freeze balls of ice cream ahead of the party |Ice cream themed party
cones
cones
Ice cream themed party | cone garland
ice cream
ice cream
Freeze balls of ice cream ahead of the party |Ice cream themed party
dipped
dipped
ice cream pops |Ice cream themed party
biscuits
biscuits
Ice cream themed party
lollipop
lollipop
Ice cream themed party
birthday girl
birthday girl
Ice cream themed party
cutie
cutie
Ice cream themed party
milk bottle
milk bottle
Add glitter tape to straws
savoury
savoury
Savoury platters

Jessica’s First Birthday Party

Author: Lauren Coleman

Last week we shared Rebecca’s DIY garland tutorial and promised to share the adorable photos from her daughter’s first birthday party. Well here they are and they are undeniably sweet in every way.

As well as being a wedding photographer, Rebecca also owns Honeywell Bakes and so knows a thing or two about delicious treats. Her dessert bars are awesome and I would like one of everything, and possibly double helpings of ice cream.

Here are Rebecca’s tips and tricks for throwing an ice cream themed extravaganza.

Create an ice cream cone garland

I bought a honeycomb ball garland as the starting point but individual honeycomb balls would work well too. Make cones out of brown paper and stick on to the honeycomb balls using double sided tape or glue. The plastic cherries are from eBay but they look good without them as well.

Make-ahead ice cream balls

Ball ice cream the day before (or earlier) and freeze on baking trays. Freeze the baking tray first to keep the ice cream in neat balls, and don’t use soft scoop ice cream. I used Kelly’s Cornish ice cream.

Rustle up some rice crispy pops

Make a batch of marshmallow crispy cake and cut out the lolly shapes with a knife once set. Poke in lollipop sticks and dip the top in candy melts (coloured chocolate), sprinkle immediately with hundreds and thousands.

Add sparkle to straws

Using glitter tape, wrap over the straw and stick to itself. Then cut the end into a flag shape. You can also use washi tape and write messages on it for extra personalisation.

Go mini on the cake

There’s a family tradition of making tiny first birthday cakes in a sweetcorn tin! First line it with greaseproof paper and it makes a lovely mini cake.

Coat cones with chocolate

Melt chocolate in a mug in the microwave (on low/medium so it doesn’t burn). Dip the cones in the chocolate and sprinkle with hundreds and thousands, then place them in cups or shot glasses while the chocolate sets.

Rebecca got most of her party supplies from The Sweet Hostess but also visited the party aisle of both Tesco and Sainsbury’s too. Please feel free to drop a comment if you’d like to know the source of any of the party pieces and we’ll see what we can do.

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Photography – Rebecca Honeywell | Biscuits and cakes Honeywell Bakes | Sequin tablecloth and other party supplies – The Sweet Hostess

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13 thoughts on “Jessica’s First Birthday Party

  1. I adore the milk bottles & I am having a personal battle with myself as to wether I should purchase them or not for my daughters first birthday, but seeing your pictures has made me envious and I think I will be popping some in my virtual shopping basket soon. Can I ask where you sourced yours please, thank you xx

  2. This is lovely! The colour scheme is beautiful and my word… that table cloth!! Lorna, go for the milk bottles – they come in handy for every party and every play date! I even use mine as single stem vases and for juices and smoothies to take to work. On the paper straw front I’m on the look out for some that don’t go so soggy if anyone has tried and tested various kinds!?? I love them… and nothing is prettier than pink milk in a milk bottle with a paper straw… but ‘actual children’ always chew them, get a mouth full of stripy paper and complain that they are soggy. I must get through hundreds everytime we have parties and play dates… and yet I wont revert to plastic ones that are just not as pretty.
    Love the idea of a mini cake!

    1. Hi Amanda, I’ve got some plastic striped straws from the picnic section in Sainsbury’s. They are very durable and quite hard so not sure how suitable they would be for little ones but might be worth a look.

      1. Ooh thank you – I will take a look in both Sainsburys and the Sweet Hostess ones… I do love a good stock of straws and I also tend to know now which children come to me with a mouth of paper stripes so I’ll have an alternative supply of plastic ones for those ones!

  3. Thanks for the kind comments! Lorna definitely get the milk bottles 🙂 As Amanda said they come in useful all the time. Amanda the straws from The Sweet Hostess are pretty sturdy and I didn’t have any soggy complaints at the party or at others I’ve used them at. I reckon the key is switching them for a new one if and when they get soggy!

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