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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Ann Arbor, MI!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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A Winter ONEderland First Birthday Party

Final Invite- ONE-001We threw Layla’s first birthday party this past weekend and it was a total blast! From the perfect snowy weather outside (it went with our winter theme!), to enjoying the hot chocolate bar and smores, to to being able to celebrate with tons of family and friends – it was the absolute perfect weekend.


I love planning and hosting parties — so naturally I had to go all out for this one. It was a lot of fun coming up with ideas for sweet treats, decorations, and embracing the freezing temperatures that will inevitably be part of every birthday Layla has in Ann Arbor 🙂

This post is going to be mostly photos – so I can share all of the food, decorations, and fun we had this past weekend! To start… this is what it looked like outside…


… So we spruced up the outside of our house with a wreath and some tinsel to match our color scheme (which was lavender, cerulean, silver and white)


Layla woke up from her nap minutes before the party started (great timing!) I brought her downstairs with her new favorite bear (which happened to be the exact same bear I was gifted in the hospital when I was born)


All of our indoor decorations either matched the color scheme or the winter theme – I bought a lot of stuff from Michael’s and Party City to make them, and my sister-in-law helped with the invites and some of the paper decorations like the birthday banner!

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I also made a wall of photos of Layla from newborn to 12 months (we took a new photo each month next to the same stuffed animal). It was crazy to see them all next to each other and see how much she’s changed in just one year.


We catered all of the food from Whole Foods, and they were absolutely amazing. They made everything custom for our theme, starting with the Hot Chocolate Bar.

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It had chocolate chips, marshmallows, and whipped cream as toppings; and then we also had candy canes to use as stirrers which was super fun!


For food (since the party was during lunch) we had a variety of items: fresh fruit, pb&j finger sandwiches, a greek salad with feta and pecans, curry tofu wraps and roasted veggie wraps, and assorted sandwiches. Everything was delicious, but the curry tofu wraps were a total standout for our guests – they were amazing!

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Then we had the dessert table 🙂


This was so much fun to put together. To start we had:


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Santa Berries (strawberries shaped like santa with whipped cream & a dark chocolate bottom)


How cute are these guys?


Penguin Pops (cake pops)


I couldn’t get over how cute these guys were either 🙂


A Cupcake Tower

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And, of course, Layla’s Smash Cake


(the “before” shot – ha)

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Other non-dessert things we had around the house:

A basket of winter-themed cookies (goodie bags) for our guests

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A water dispenser (aka our “Melted Snowman”)

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And a sign to remind people to…



Then it was time for the smash cake!!

We decorated Layla’s high chair for the occasion…


And put it in front of the birthday banner for pictures.




(This was Layla’s first taste of dessert or sugar ever!)

She gave it a small taste and was tentative at first…



But then, with some help from us, she realized she could go to town.


And… cake chaos 🙂

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And that was it! We cleaned her up, she played with everyone at the party, we all ate dessert and then people started to head out. Layla was particularly mesmerized by a balloon that came with one of her gifts.

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Sometimes the best gifts are the simplest ones.

Happy first birthday to our happy, smiling, silly, funny, active, crazy little monkey!



40 responses to “A Winter ONEderland First Birthday Party”

  1. Thank you Anjali for sharing Layla’s first birthday with all of us 🙂 It looks like you all has an absolutely blast with good food and good company. I loved the little details of decor and the water (melted snowman) to the hot choco bar. Everything was done to perfection for little Layla and looked soooo pretty… Happy 1st Birthday precious Layla

  2. Hi Anjali,
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful memories of BDP Uno!!! So tastefully done. Loved all the wintery decorations. The food looked soooo…yummy!!! Best of all the birthday girl seemed to have loads of fun smashing into her birthday cake!!! Wishing her many many more birthday celebrations. I’m sure she will grow up to appreciate such wonderful parents who are making sure she has lots of happy memories as she grows up.

    • Of course, and thank you so much!! Layla really did have a great time – especially with the cake haha. Hope you are doing well!!

  3. Anjali and Niral,

    Heartiest congratulations on Layla’s first b’day!!! What a beautiful event and Layla looks so happy
    Loved the decor and the creative Ideas you had loved the 12 pictures you took to see how much she has grown

    God Bless all of you with much more happiness in your life
    And Many Many more b’days to come
    With Love
    Rekha Aunty

    • Thank you so much for the kind message and well wishes Rekha Aunty!! Hope to see you the next time we are in the bay!

    • Thanks Aloke Uncle! And yes omg – if you can find the tofu curry wraps at Whole Foods, you will not be disappointed 🙂 enjoy!

  4. She’s the cutest one year old on the face of this planet! Way to go Anj! Maybe you can adopt me and plan my 30th? lol

  5. Happy Birthday to Layla!!

    I am floored by the decorations & planning that went into this bday! Did you make ALL of this yourself??? 🙂
    It’s gorgeous!

    • Haha thanks Mona!! My sister in law made the invites, the letters for the banner (I just cut them out and strung them together with ribbon), and all of the paper signs (melted snowman, goodie bag signs, food signs, cupcake toppers). The rest of the decorations I made / put together with a lot of help from Michaels and Party City 🙂 So glad you liked everything!!

  6. A very Happy Birthday to Little Precious Layla! I love all the ideas you came up with…might steal a few 😉 As always a pleasure to read at your blog.

    • Thank you so much Shwetha!! So glad you liked the theme and the party – and yes! Feel free to steal away 🙂 Thanks again!

  7. Thanks for sharing the pictures Anjali — makes us feel that we were there at the party. We can see that you planned and executed a great party. Looks like Layla definitely enjoyed her first taste of sugar!

    Wishing Layla a very Happy Birthday,

    All the Mulgaonkars

  8. Adorable, happy birthday Layla and congrats on what looks to be quite the successful first birthday party! The decorations and food all look fantastic! Hope all is well.

  9. Anjali and Niral,

    Thanks for sharing Layla’s 1st birthday with us. What a very thoughtful event. Love the smash cake and Layla had so much fun with it. Does Layla have friends of her age? Send us some pictures with Layla entertaining her guests.
    and Layla is so cute reminds me of little Anjali ( though she is even more cute)

    Seema Aunty

    • Awwww thank you so much Seema Aunty!! 🙂 Layla does have some friends in Ann Arbor that are around her age – I’ll send you the link to the full album so you can see all the kids! Hope you are doing well!

  10. Happy birthday Layla, you have amazing parents…and anjali you did a fantastic job with decor, food. layla looks beautiful. it was so much fun to see her play with the cake. thanks for sharing pics.

  11. All the photos are great. Layla looks so cute – seems like she enjoyed her birthday cake. I can see you both took a lot of effort to make great party! Nice ideas, great execution, she is lucky have you as parents! I enjoyed the post a lot!

  12. Hi Anjali can you tell me where did you get the high chair from … Now that my little guy is 5 months I am planning on introducing solids, so looking to buy a high chair, so let me know where did you get it from?

    • Hi Monica! They are just simple cake pops with fondant/icing around them to create the penguin design. I had them made at Whole Foods and they were delivered to our house – but I’m sure they’d be easy to make at home (essentially you’d just follow any cake pop recipe you like, and recreate the penguin design using icing and fondant!) Hope that helps!

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