It seems I have been a bit obsessed with Gnomes and mushrooms as of late. Since the day that Livie was born, literally my one night in the hospital, I started dreaming of her 1st birthday party.
Her birthday this year as last year was a cold one. While the world outside was cold and dreary, the inside of our home was colorful and festive. I had originally and until this very morning thought of a party outside under our majestic live oaks, I mean what’s more woodlandish than oak trees and acorns. Unfortunately it was way too cold to be outside for a long period of time so everything had to be moved inside.
I spent weeks making ribbon wands and tiny mushroom pendants for the invited fairies and gnomes to wear. I love to write crochet patterns and this tiny mushroom was so easy to come up with. The girls were given ribbon wrist corsages and I made a beautiful red and green tutu for the birthday fairy. In the winter Living Crafts magazine I saw a toadstool hat made out of wool felt which I dreamt about for a few days and then spent a week coming up with a crochet pattern for it. The pattern will be up on crunchycrochet.etsy.com soon.
The cake was put together in only 3 hours so don’t expect too much. My children always get these ratty cakes because there is also a party to put on. One of these days I will treat them like a customer and really give them a cake like our customers would get. By the time this picture was taken you could see where little fingers had picked at it.
We made these gorgeous Waldorf window stars, this was kind of tricky to do with so many children but luckily I had alot of older helpers, thanks girls. You are supposed to make these out of kite paper but I just used tissue paper instead. If you would like to make some here are the instructions from GardenMama.
The cake table was decorated with the cutest gnomes and mushrooms which will be used in the girls future woodland themed bedroom. I made these cute toadstool mushroom stools out of upside down beach buckets and the seats are sewn out of felt.
It turned out to be a wonderful day though after the party I discovered that I had forgotten to serve our guest the mini toadstool appetizers made from cherry tomatoes dotted with goat cheese to look like the spots, the candy snails and bugs I had made for the food table. Food served were mini cuban sandwiches, hummus and chips, ambrosia salad and of course Waldorf salad. I had a huge explosion in the kitchen while trying to make the magical punch, word to the wise.. never add sherbet powder to a bottle of Sprite. We had to wipe it off the ceiling, cabinets and it makes a really good hair gel which lasted all day : )