Babushka Birthday Party

Surprise, surprise – Emmy’s first birthday party had a nesting doll theme! It was really fun to put together and I tried to make it as easy on myself as possible. I did that by serving super simple food (pizza – Emmy’s favorite and easy, easy appetizers)! 

I also lost my SD card, so these are a collection of pics from my sister, father in law and friend, Megan! (I later found my SD card after I had taken tons of pictures on my camera only to realize that it wasn’t there. UGH.)

The invites set the stage for the party décor. I bought the babushka files on etsy, turned their hair brown and made the invites myself.

The party started at the front door.

I got this wreath idea from a blog, but made it to match Emmy’s invitations and colors. I just took two wreaths, cut one to “fit” on the bottom and wrapped them with ribbon.  Then I just printed pages for the face and stomach. It was super easy and took about 10 minutes. My kind of project.

The entry table had a book called the Littlest Matryoshka for the guests to sign.

I made this “chalkboard” picture based off some really cute ideas I saw on Etsy.  I just had it printed at QuikPrint and I mounted it to foam core board.

The favors were babushka-shaped pumpkin fudge.  Even if you aren’t doing a babushka party, you should make the fudge. It rocked.

I have a big 4x4 print above my fire place. I wanted to have a huge sign put over it. I decided that I would save $75 and just print it at home using the tile feature in Illustrator. It’s not perfect, but I figured I would regret the cost after the night was over. I was correct. :)

Since I was terrible about taking her picture in a onesie each month with the cute numbers, I improvised and put her face in the babushka. Score one for laziness!

The star of the show (other than the actual star herself!!) were these amazing cakes from Frosten’s! I will tell you, they tasted as good as they looked! They were delicious and every one was raving about them! We had tons, so all of our guests were offered a piece (or three!) before they left.

And now for the real star of the show – serious faced baby!

emmy serious face

And the best family picture we could get at a party full of distractions!

emmy family birthday

This is kind of how the cake went.

Emmy birthday cry

Other little details:

Appetizer cards:

party decor

high chair

And next year’s party will be at a place where we rent and they do it all. Just kidding! It was fun to put together and so fun to celebrate my sweet little girl! I kept telling Tommy that she only turns one once ;)!


  1. oh my goodness, this party is DARLING!! so so sweet! i'm dying over the garland!! so innovative :) and the cakes are beyond precious!! such a great 1st birthday party!! great job!!

  2. Absolutely the sweetest and most creative party I've seen!!! The door sign was genius and so cute!! It truly is "all in the details" :)

  3. Have mercy Katie!! SUCH a cute party and theme! I love the little monthly babushkas and the big cut-out for pics. Great job!

  4. Ahhhh!!!! I've been out of the blog world for a have a baby!!! A one-year-old!!! I remember reading that you were pregnant!! She is BEAUTIFUL!!! Such a cute party! :)

  5. Best babushka party I have ever seen! :) Happy Birthday, Emmy! :)

  6. So freaking adorable!!!! Emmy looked adorable (shocker!!) and all the details were amazing! I LOVE the life-sized with the face cut out. Such a super cute idea!! And the cakes? Lord.

    Looks like an awesome party Kate!! Congrats on making it through your first year


  7. Awesome theme! Your details were spectacular.

  8. So cute!!! Love all the details and love her adorable dress!

  9. Absolutely darling! You are so talented!

  10. Absolutely precious party!!! I knew that it would be perfect!! The invitation, the food, the decorations, the cakes!!!!!! Of course, the star of the party was beyond adorable. Great job!

  11. I can't get over how cute everything is!!! The cakes, the one year photo bunting, the giant cut-out photo prop doll! I need to learn more about that tile feature in illustrator. I had no idea about it.

  12. You did a great job! I love how the bunting got bigger each month and the cakes are adorable!


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