If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the woods today, you better not shut your eyes. Why? Because we’ve got the most delightful woodland party to show you, that’s why.
Welcome to Matilda’s cute-as-can-be woodland first birthday. It’s the perfect party for those who prefer their toadstools without pesky, glitter-dropping fairies perched on top!
Mum Martha wanted to bring a touch of her own Polish childhood – with its memories of gathering mushrooms in the forest – to mark her daughter’s special day. It’s a beautiful sentiment, and one that certainly resulted in a beautiful party.
We can’t believe how crafty – and clever – so many of our Babyology party planning mums are, and Martha is certainly among them. She decorated the party with leaves and branches collected on her daily walks around her neighbourhood in Melbourne’s inner west. Then Martha’s twelve-year-old goddaughter made these felt owls that were dotted around the house in fancy wire bird cages found at The Reject Shop (Wow, isn’t this cheap-as-chips place proving a treasure trove for party décor options of late!).
The theme was sealed when Martha found a darling toadstool stamp in a Tiger Tribe forest stamp pack in a local gift shop. She used the stamps on her take-home treat bags, which contained homemade toadstool-shaped chocolate and macadamia nut cookies together with old-fashioned milk bottle sweeties, secured with ribbon dotted with teeny-tiny toadstools. Woodland-themed milk and cookies for the road? Adorable.
Martha made the toadstool birthday cake herself and our only complaint is we didn’t get to taste a slice. How yummy does this sound? White chocolate and coconut mudcake with layers of white chocolate ganache. Mmmmmmmm!
She also baked Magnolia Bakery cupcakes (Sex and the City fans will know what we’re talking about here), topping them with a combination of plain buttercream and coconut buttercream, together with some cutesy little sugar toadstools found at Wheel & Barrow.
Owl cupcakes continued the woodland theme quite nicely, thank you very much, as well as these mouth-watering toadstool macaroons made by her husband’s godmother. Fairy bread, made using a rare toadstool shaped play-dough cutter found in a craft shop after a furious hunt, rounded out the sweets.
Guests also devoured vegetarian sourdough pizzas, lentil burgers, chicken and zucchini burgers, mini ham, lettuce and mayo rolls, homemade sausage rolls, all washed down with homemade raspberry cordial.
Here’s the lucky birthday girl with her doting parents and that cake. See, we told you it was a delightful party!
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