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    We Love to Party — first birthday ideas

    How to Make a Greenery Covered Embroidery Hoop in 20 Minutes with 5 Easy Steps

    How to Make a Greenery Covered Embroidery Hoop in 20 Minutes with 5 Easy Steps

     I’m in love with eucalyptus and I’m not afraid to admit it. You’ve seen the greenery trend all over weddings and home décor, but today I’m showing you how to incorporate it into a birthday party. The inspiration behind these fun greenery covered hoops came from a family member who had ideas of a eucalyptus birthday for her one year old but couldn’t find the right accessories and décor to match her vision. One quick trip to Michaels and a few hours later I had these 5 hoops done and the party was half way decorated! Read on for the easy to follow tutorial and photos.


    Step One:

    • Assemble your supplies. You’ll need embroidery hoops (I bought these from Amazon), fake greenery (bought mine from Michaels), sharp scissors, floral tape, and a hot glue gun.

     supplies for greenery covered embroidery hoops tutorial blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Two:

    • Separate the greenery from the stems. You may need to cut them if they don’t pull off easily.

     eucalyptus wreath tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Three:

    • Repeat until all the leaves are in a pile.

    pile of leaves for greenery hoop tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Four:

    • Arrange your greenery using varying sizes and types of leaves being sure to cover up the metal piece on the side of the hoop

     eucalyptus and greenery wreath tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Five:

    • Using a combination of the tape and hot glue, secure the greens to the hoop in the design you decided on in the last step

     covering the hoop with leaves for tutorial by sweet chubby cheeksback of the hoop covered in leaves for tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Tada! Here's all 5 of my completed hoops.


    all 5 finished hoops from eucalyptus wreath tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    To hang:

    • I wanted these hoops to appear to be floating, so I used fishing wire and simply threaded the wire through the top blind then tied it in a knot around the hoop. You can also use twine for an even more dramatic look!

    embroidery hoops with fake leaves for tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks


    eucalyptus first birthday party ideas blog post by sweet chubby cheeks


    I think the final result was fantastic, and my friend was so happy with the entire look for her daughter's eucalyptus first birthday party. You can read more about it and see more photos in the blog post here.

    Happy Making!


    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


    A Healthy Cake Smash Recipe for Baby's First Birthday!

    A Healthy Cake Smash Recipe for Baby's First Birthday!

    If you’re in the market for a healthy smash cake for your little one, I’ve got just the recipe for you!

    When I’m baking for myself you know I’m using #allthesugar and not skimping on the butter, but for my little ones I am much more health conscious. When my sister whipped up this awesome healthy smash cake for my nephew’s cake smash session I was so impressed! Be sure and scroll down for photos from his photo shoot. It was so much fun! The best part was grabbing a fork and helping him finish up the leftovers. Enjoy the recipe!


    healthy cake smash recipe for baby's first birthday by sweet chubby cheeks



    • 4 very ripe bananas
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1/4 cup plain green yogurt
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda
    • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 2 tsp real vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp cinnamon



    • 1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt. (the thicker the better. I like Fage or Greek God)
    • 1/2 cup cream cheese
    • sprinkle of cinnamon
    • Fresh fruit (optional)

    healthy cake for smash cake photo session by sweet chubby cheeks


    1. Mash bananas, applesauce, yogurt, egg, and vanilla in medium mixing bowl

    2. In separate bowl combine baking soda, flour, and cinnamon

    3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until just mixed

    4. Pour evenly into three 5" round cake pans, or two 8" round cake pans. 

    5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

    6. Let cool completely

    7. Whip frosting ingredients (greek yogurt, cream cheese, and cinnamon) together until smooth and thick

    8. Stack cakes on top of each other with small layer of frosting between layers. Frost the top and sides of the finished cake with the remaining frosting. Pro Tip: Always frost a completely cooled cake!

    9. Optional - top with baby's favorite fresh fruit in center of cake for a delicious decoration or grab one of our most popular cake toppers sold right here in the shop!

    And here's a look at the final product! Don't you just love those sweet little frosting covered baby toes?!

    smash cake recipe for first birthday photos by sweet chubby cheeks

    first birthday cake smash session by sweet chubby cheekshealthy cake recipe for baby's first birthday cake smash photo session by sweet chubby cheeks


    Bye for now!

    - Megan

    The Secret Recipe for a Memorable First Birthday Party

    The Secret Recipe for a Memorable First Birthday Party

    As a mom myself, I know all that goes into my babe’s birthday party can sometimes be overwhelming - both for my stress level and my budget.  It’s easy to get caught up in all the details.  But over the years, I have found what is most important is honoring the milestone of a special birthday and celebrating with the family and friends who mean the most.  


    You can have a spectacular event with gorgeous decor and not break the bank!


    To make it easy to remember, I did a play on the traditional KISS (Keep It Simple, Sweetie) we have all come to know.  Key elements for your little one’s birthday event can be summed up in the acronym B.A.S.H. -


    Balloons -  I think for me, balloons have become synonymous with celebrations and special events.  These are like THE party necessity, don’t ya think? Give me some balloons and it’s a party!  Sweet Chubby Cheeks is thrilled to offer reusable, air-inflated word and number balloons which can be used to personalize the event, create the festive mood, and be great colorful decorations.  My favorite for this season is our Donut Grow Up set seen here. Isn't this the cutest?! 


    A special cake topper - Cause it’s all about that cake!  I carry a variety of cake toppers to match your theme, or choose a simple number in your favorite color to glam up the cake. You can even customize a topper with her name! Hint: these look super cute in donuts, too! 


    Sprinkles of confetti - Confetti is one of those inexpensive party tricks that adds a little fun, sparkle, and unexpectedness. Metallics, vellums, and paper can add different colors and textures, and don’t forget varying shapes and sizes for visual interest.  These are found in a variety of colors for any party theme.  Set the tone of the event by including some in the invite envelopes, sprinkle onto the tabletops and around displays to add that fun, festive touch.


    High chair banner -  Your child is the guest of honor and should have a special seat during the event. Our high chair banners are the perfect fix! The best part is - they don't get cropped out of those priceless cake smash photos.  I love how the colors of the garland can be altered to match any party theme, too.


    Allow the focus of her birthday to be on the good stuff - your sweet babe, the company, the cake, and the conversation.

    So there you have it!  I would love to see how you have utilized some of your best decorating ideas along with your Sweet Chubby Cheeks party decor in your celebrations.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram @sweetchubbycheeks and tag me in your best birthday photos! 


    Simple Ideas for Choosing a Spectacular First Birthday Theme

    Simple Ideas for Choosing a Spectacular First Birthday Theme

    Simple Ideas for a Choosing a Spectacular First Birthday Theme


    It’s time for planning the first birthday!  Your family has a whole lot to celebrate from first teeth, first words, first steps, and other milestones.  But where do you even begin to choose a theme when Pinterest is filled with so many cute things?!


    Girrrlll, you know I’ve gotcha covered on this one!  


    Being a momma myself I have only planned two first birthdays, but as the owner of Sweet Chubby Cheeks since 2012 I have helped thousands of other women in your shoes and I am sharing my best tips with you today.


    Interests - (ha ha) Okay, so I know you are thinking, but Megs, my daughter is in love with the box her toy came from, instead of the actual toy. I totes get it. But maybe she has a favorite stuffed lovie, or a favorite book she loves to have you read over and over (and OVER!).  As she is transitioning in to solid foods, maybe there is a food she is really starting to dig on that you could plan a theme around. I mean, let’s be honest here, if it was up to me every one of my own birthday parties would involve me just grubbing on pizza, wearing sweat pants, and watching my fave Netflix show, so... 


    Take a Nod from Your Nursery Decor - Let’s face it, your nursery decor is On. Point. Why not continue to run with it for a first birthday theme?  And the pictures from her first birthday would continue to look amazing hanging on the gallery wall in her room.   

    Twinkle Twinkle with glittering stars, beautiful soft watercolor floral prints, or magical unicorns are popular nursery themes now, and might be first birthday themes worth considering.  

    Puns are Fun - you may or may not have picked up on the fact that I can be a little light hearted and corny from time to time, and who doesn’t love a good pun?   

    For babies with winter birthdays consider a Snow Much Fun to be One or Winter Onederland theme both with pale pink and lavender options complemented with glittery silver and white.  Pair this with snowflake cupcake toppers and you’ve got yourself a theme!

    Wild One looks amazing with leaves and a more boho feel that is so on-trend right now.  We have paired ours with a coral, mint, and gold colorway option, but custom colors can be made upon request.  

    Twotti Fruity is a fun idea for celebrating a second birthday or twins - because they are double the fun and twice as nice! See what I did there? 😉  


    Momma, your baby is amazing. And you know what?  It means her first birthday will be too.  You will do an incredible job with her party.  She will look the bomb-dot-com with her outfit and party decor from Sweet Chubby Cheeks, your family and friends will all be there surrounding you with love, and it will be perfect no matter what.

    Pick a theme, cross this off your to-do list, and go plan something fun!! Like, say, um…cake tastings?!