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    We Love to Party — dessert table

    A Modern Greenery & Eucalyptus Birthday Party

    A Modern Greenery & Eucalyptus Birthday Party

    To say I’m in love with this minimalist, greenery birthday party doesn’t even come close to capturing how I feel about it. I’m, like, obsessed with how cute this theme is and I cannot wait to spam you with all the sweet photos of Peyton’s First Birthday!

    Peyton’s Mom came to me frustrated at the lack of decorations she could find for her daughter’s first birthday. She wanted a certain look with crisp white, silver, and green eucalyptus and could see it in her mind but wasn’t able to find it at a store. That’s where I stepped in! If you’ve ever worked with me before you know that’s my specialty! Handmade, one of a kind products that you can’t find anywhere else? Now that’s my cup of tea. 

    After we sent a few ideas back and forth and pictures of the event space, I knew 2 things were for sure happening. #1. I was putting up a giant balloon garland, and #2 I was making these greenery covered embroidery hoops to hang by the window. (If DIYing is your kind of thing head over to the blog post linked here to get a step by step tutorial on making the hoops, and the blog post here for a tutorial on the balloon garland!)

    eucalyptus and greenery birthday party by sweet chubby cheeks

    At the heart of this theme was eucalyptus, but she took it a step further in the invitations, cupcake toppers, and décor with more beautiful greenery. The table was lined with this gorgeous eucalyptus strand she picked up at Hobby Lobby, and the felt letter board hung out in the corner of the table. After we snapped a few photos this table became appetizer central and the backdrop of greenery hoops and balloon garland made it the perfect centerpiece of the party. You all know I’m a firm believer in just decorating one area of the party and this one was no different.

     greenery covered embroidery hoops hanging from window behind dessert table blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    greenery wreath or eucalyptus wreath cupcake toppers for first birthday by June and Dot

    letter board for happy birthday peyton sign at birthday party for girls first birthday blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    For Peyton’s cake smash at her high chair I made a garland of eucalyptus stems to hang from the front, and then layered it with our cardstock ONE banner. Look at that color combo with the wood highchair! It was exactly what Mom had in mind.

    greenery first birthday or eucalyptus first birthday high chair banner ideas by sweet chubby cheeks

    A few days after the party we hung them up and did a fun one year old photo session with another cake smash. It turned out pretty cute, too! Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

     modern minimalist first birthday photo session with banner by sweet chubby cheeks

    eucalyptus wreath by which goose for eucalyptus photo session of first birthday girl by sweet chubby cheeks

    The darling eucalyptus crown she’s wearing is from Which Goose on Etsy. You can shop it here. (affiliate link)

    silver one letter balloon set for a first birthday cake smash in wood highchair. blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    Our silver ONE balloon set was hung on the wall behind the high chair and added the perfect amount of color to the photos.

    first birthday cake smash photo session for a minimalist eucalyptus birthday party theme by sweet chubby cheeks

    Check out that little spoon – Peyton wouldn’t dive in with her hands but once we gave her the spoon she was all about that cake!

     eucalyptus first birthday party ideas for girls by sweet chubby cheeks

    I hope you all loved the eucalyptus theme and found some good inspiration for your next party. Join our mailing list so you’ll be the first to know when a fun new blog post goes live!


    Xoxo, Megan


    Krispy Treat Star Wands - Recipe and Step by Step directions

    Krispy Treat Star Wands - Recipe and Step by Step directions

    Need a quick but pretty dessert for your party? Try these star wands and get your little one in on the messy fun!


    For the most part we’re a pretty clean-eating family, but for parties I usually go all out and reach straight for the sugar! If you follow along on my Instagram Stories you know I keep a well-stocked, secret stash of chocolates at the back of my pantry that is strictly for me. It’s totally filled with leftover Halloween candy from like 3 years ago, but you better believe the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups get eaten first. 😉

    I put together a fun recipe for rice krispy star wands that I hope you enjoy! This is my favorite type of recipe since I can get the kiddo’s in on the decorating and it keeps them entertained while I finish up the rest of the party decorating. I hope you love them!



    • 1 bag of white chocolate chips (8oz)
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 1 10oz bag of marshmallows
    • 6 cups Rice cereal
    • Sprinkles of your choice (Whatever you have on hand works great! I sometimes try to go with the party theme colors)
    • 8" white candy sticks (I buy these here)



    • In large saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Add all the marshmallows and stir it around until they’re all melty and gooey. Remove the saucepan from heat.
    • Add the 6 cups of cereal and stir until well coated
    • Pour the mixture into a well greased 9x13x2 dish
    • Using a spatula, wax paper, or plastic knife press the mixture into the dish until it is firmly packed. And when I say firmly, I mean FIRMLY! In order for these to stay on the sticks you’re going to want these to be nice and compacted.
    • Let them cool in the 9x13 pan, then use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut out the star shapes. I like a 4" size, but use whatever makes you happy!
    • While they're cooling down pour the bag of chocolate chips into a microwave safe dish and slowly microwave until melted. I do 20 second intervals for about 2 minutes, stirring them in between. 
    • Place the shapes onto a wire rack and drizzle melted chocolate chips over the top
    • Immediately sprinkle with sprinkles so they stick in the melty chocolate before it hardens
    • Let chocolate completely dry and harden, then poke the stars onto the candy sticks.
    • Stand them up in a jar, or place them on a pretty plate atop the dessert table!


    Get creative and use different shapes for different themes – imagine a cute dinosaur or even your child’s name! Either way, have fun. And definitely save an extra or two for yourself to enjoy after the crowd leaves and you can unwind after the party!


    Photography credit: Noelle @ThePenandPiper

    Wild One First Birthday Party

    Wild One First Birthday Party

    This past weekend I had the pleasure of helping my cousin decorate her son's first birthday party. She went with a Where the Wild Things Are theme and it turned out amazing. I couldn't wait to show you all the beautiful details she put together! 

    Her dessert table was the backdrop to the party, and by focusing all of her decorations in one spot she saved a ton of money. No need to redecorate the entire house, Momma! Keep it simple and pick one spot to make the biggest statement.

     where the wild ones are wild one first birthday party decorations sold by sweet chubby cheeks

    With a little help from our Balloon Garland tutorial, she created this beautiful balloon arch across the top of the backdrop. Creative girl - she has a large hutch in her dining room, so she simply draped a large white table cloth over it and attached the decorations directly to it with tape. Easy and it saved her from having to put tape or push pins all over her walls!


    My favorite part was the set of gold balloons she picked up here in our shop. She added a handful of palm leaves from Hobby Lobby behind them, and sprinkled some on the table and throughout the balloon garland. 

     wild one first birthday party decorations with gold ONE balloons sold by sweet chubby cheeks

    I created a matching high chair tassel banner for her, and added our brand new wood ONE banner over the top. It made for a great addition to the cupcake smash photos we took later that day.

     wild one first birthday party highchair banner made and sold by sweet chubby cheeks

    The dessert table itself was just darling. She had a family friend do the baking, and purchased these cupcake toppers from Etsy. The flag banner and signs in the frames were purchased from Etsy and she simply printed them from home the day of the party, took 2 frames from the house and temporarily used them for the signs, and strung the flags on string she had in the house. Quick, inexpensive, and easy! 

    where the wild things are first birthday party ideas for a wild one theme by sweet chubby cheeks

    Let The Wild Rumpus Start Sign

    Pick A Page Sign

    I think my favorite part of the party (besides eating the delicious cupcakes!) was the 'guest book' she had us all sign and write notes in. It fit the theme, and will be a cherished book for her son as he grows. 

    where the wild things are birthday party decorations for first birthday party by sweet chubby cheeks

    Job well done to my sweet cousin. I had so much fun taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful party she threw!



    *This post contains affiliate links which means I make a small commission should you decide to purchase a product that is not from my shop. It doesn't cost you any extra, and it helps fund my 'Mom's Only' chocolate candy stash hidden at the back of my pantry. :)