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Animals on Parade! Peter's Supersweet First Birthday Party

Jun 10 2014 - 4:32am

A first birthday is a major milestone for Mom, Dad, and of course, the little guest of honor. In the case of Peter, who celebrated his big first in Manhattan, an animal parade was just the theme to celebrate with. Event designer Keren Precel planned the party [1], which was held at Freshmade NYC, a kids' cooking studio and event space. Utilizing a mix of high (custom-printed goods) and low (plastic toy animals) elements, Peter's party struck just the right balance of being baby-friendly while still sophisticated. Want to join the parade? Keep reading to see all the beautiful details!

Source: Clay Williams and Alex Nirenberg [2]

Come Party With Me!

"We started out using a watercolor drawing of an animal parade and an earthy color palette that included green, yellow, and orange," Keren told us.

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What's For Lunch?

"The focal point of the party was a seven-foot-long buffet table featuring savory dishes like quinoa salad, meatballs, miniquiches, and veggies, among delicately crafted desserts, including animal-shaped French macarons, three different cupcakes with real toys serving as toppers, and three different birthday cakes," Keren said.

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A Baby Bar!

The Baby Bar was designed to display "nibble dishes" like soft pasta, fruits and veggies, and tea sandwiches.

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Hands-On Fun

The event was held at Freshmade NYC [6], a Manhattan cooking studio that hosts kids' classes and parties, so custom aprons and mini rolling pins were apropos for the setting!

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Sweet Setting

These stylish place settings are thoughtful enough for adult guests to appreciate, but they're completely kid-friendly, too.

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Zebras, Elephants, and Quinoa

Plastic animal figurines were an inexpensive and easy addition to the tablescape, but they made a major impact.

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A Stripe Safari

Personalize your sippers for an extrafestive touch.

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A Tiger Top-Off

The animal-figurine toppers are one of Keren's favorite elements of this party.

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Ecosphere

Keren created a thematic centerpiece with this cute terrarium home for a panda.

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Let Them Eat Cake!

Proof positive that cakes need not be extravagant to pack a punch, this trio is understated and elegant.

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Shake and Bake

"The child is still a baby at this point [their first birthday], so basically this party is for the adults," Keren told us. Take advantage of your freedom with details that guests of all ages will enjoy.

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Eats For Every Age

"We try to make every element of our kids' parties kid-friendly, and we sometimes insist that the menu will feature items that all the guests can eat," Keren told us.

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Treats For Tots

For the youngest of guests, consider the Baby Bar menu at Peter's party, which included mac and cheese, kids' sandwiches, marinara orzo, and cut-up fruits and veggies.

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Baby Zone

A designated space for favors was marked with this custom "Baby Zone" sign.

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Party On, Peter!

An overview of the awesome food and drink display.

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Oh, My! Macarons!

Keren called out these animal-faced macarons as one of her favorite elements of this party.

Source: Clay Williams and Alex Nirenberg [19]


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