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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ava's 1st Birthday Party - Penelope Bird Birthday



I never shared the photos from Ava's 1st Birthday almost 2 1/2 years ago! Her nursery was decorated with Pottery Barn Kids Penelope Birds, so I decided to use that theme for her party. My aunts had made some beautiful table runners and decorations using these birds for my baby shower and let me keep them to use for this party.






The cake was a boxed chocolate cake covered with Easy Vanilla Buttercream. I always used boxed cakes when I'm going to be decorating extensively.  I love how they taste, and they save me time when I know I will need to focus my energy on decorating.

I used royal icing to make the birds - just pipe the shapes onto waxed paper, let dry overnight, and carefully peel off. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.




 Mini-cupcakes made with batter from a boxed cake and topped with Easy Vanilla Buttercream:



 The entire dessert table.  I love how it turned out with the bright, fun colors!



Although she didn't enjoy us singing to her, Ava loved her smash cake!



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