Our winter one-derland birthday party tips

Oh the joys of having a baby born on Christmas Day – every birthday will have a winter or holiday theme for the rest of his life ( I mean we already have all of the decor out right?). And so for one we just had to go with a Winter One-derland. 

The wanna be Martha Stewart in me looked up 25 different holiday snack ideas and decided I was going to make all of them – my friends talked me off that ledge and told me to focus on a few key items. A good combination of savoury and sweet and both adult and baby friendly ( I mean it was Max’s birthday after all).

Then came decorations – I favourited a million things on Etsy, but realized a first birthday party should not cost us hundreds of dollars. I also have been focusing on reducing waste – so decided on a few key items and also tried to make a lot of them with items around the house

The icing on the cake for me though was the idea of a hot coco bar. What kind of winter one-derland would be complete without one right?

So this is what we ended up with:

Food: We went with some winter wonderland themed treats

A veggie snowman

Every party needs a healthy snack tray and so took a wintery twist and used the veggies to make a snowman. As dog owners we know there is always some yellow snow to avoid so we added in some yellow peppers

Cranberry brie bites

Is there anything that says the holidays more than cranberry brie bites. Super simple to make and absolutely delicious

Christmas tree pull apart cheese balls

This was the bread and butter of the day. I had a vision to create cheese balls from pizza dough and bake them in the shape of a Christmas tree – this one took the most time and effort (remember a friend telling me to focus on one big item) well this was it and they were worth the effort.

snowflake cookies

Sugar cookies are always a delicious treat to add to the dessert table and so I baked and decorated 50 sugar cookies – we had left overs for Christmas so that was great.

We also set up

Hot chocolate bar

It was my dream to have a hot coco bar and wanted this to be a highlight feature.

We made the hot chocolate in an instant pot so it would stay warm throughout the evening and had some toppings like marshmallows, candy canes, chocolate chips, and some Baileys for the adults.

Decorations: It is easy to create a winter one-derland with decorations we already had

We kept everything simple and winter themed but there were a few highlights that I absolutely loved that really personalized the decorations.

We created a personalized banner with pictures through the months. Another favourite for me was we create a Max’s First Year poster, showcasing some of his accomplishments in his first year.

Overall it was honestly the most special day and to see our little one so excited to smash his cake, play with friends, and open gifts was incredible. But I my top tip for planning the best birthday party is don’t stress it mama. I was so nervous and stressed leading up to the big day. Did we have enough food? Were his friends going to have fun playing with the toys in the house? Were there enough decorations?

And then I realized that none of that mattered. It was all about friends and family coming together to celebrate Max. So just enjoy this special day mama’s, because after all your first baby only gets one first birthday.

xo

Mia

 

 

 

My favourite local finds this holiday season

The halls are decked, the tree is lit, but you still have a few names to cross off the nice list. Time is running out quickly… Santa’s sleigh is almost on its way. So I wanted to share with you some amazing local B.C. finds this season. The best part about it, you are supporting a small local business but it is one of your last hopes for the gifts to arrive on time.

Firstly I want to share where I found a lot of these local goodies. Since moving to Squamish, I have loved going to the Refresh Market.  This year the market went virtual. Showcasing local artists and makers, and taking you inside their shops. I was able to rediscover some of the favourites I have found over the years, but also discover some amazing new stores.

Fair Jewelry 

While browsing the Refresh Market, I came across Fair Jewelry,  I found some gorgeous gold hoop earrings that I knew my mom would love, and they were so beautiful I ended up also buying a pair for myself. As I learned more about the company, I was even more excited to support the shop. They donate proceeds to the David Suzuki Foundation, they also use  at least one component of recycled/up-cycled material in each of the pieces

Muddy Marvels Pottery 

I had always wanted to take a pottery class, and I found the local shop Muddy Marvels Pottery. I loved learning Meghan. She is so talented and also so fun to work with. She also makes the most gorgeous ceramic pieces, and you can even order custom for the special someone on your list.

The Local Space 

I was trying to find some gift baskets for my nieces and through google searches came across The Local Space. They sell some incredible BC brands and you can even buy a custom made gift basket with the best local treats. I am hoping someone might get me some goodies from here as a holiday surprise.

Treeline Collective

I have never seen more beautiful blankets. Not only do I love the designs but they are also so cozy and warm. The founder of the company says their pieces are inspired by the outdoors, and it really comes across in the colours and prints, and because they are inspired by the outdoors, they also aim to protect the outdoors. They use natural and organic materials. They also give back to organizations that aim to protect the planet like ocean cleanups.

Leze the Label 

I recently discovered this brand and I am obsessed with their clothes. Not only are they so comfortable and light, but they are also made completely from recycled material. I love that you can go on the website and learn more about what materials are used for each piece and how they help reduce waste. Also it is run by a badass Vancouver boss babe, so it is amazing to support local female entrepreneur doing good for the planet as well.

Wyn & Wood 

I mean, this is the perfect place to shamelessly showcase our little Etsy shop. During the pandemic my husband and I started making bath trays to make the bathroom a cozy relaxing place as we spend the holidays at home this year. It is like a spa day without leaving your house.

 

 

Well those are some of my favourite local shops. The perfect place to find that last minute local and beautiful gift for anyone one your list.

Happy shopping my friends and a happy holiday season.

xo

Mia