Our sweet little Effie just turned one, and I can’t for the life of me comprehend where exactly this first year went. For her sisters first birthday we celebrated with a beautiful birthday brunch, and I really wanted to continue that tradition for Euphemia. Of course my first step was to turn to Pinterest to get some visual ideas when I came across this picture that served as the inspiration for the menu and the layout. I knew I wanted pastries, muffins, coffee cake, scones, quiche, and a loaf cake so it was just a matter of choosing what kinds to make. Just recently, I purchased Anna Olson’s newest book and I LOVE it! I used recipes from her book Bake with Anna Olson for quite a few things on the menu, as well as Betty Crocker, Fine Cooking, and asking Margie and my extra Mom for help.
After a few days, this is the birthday brunch menu I came up with:
- Spiral Raisin Danishes
- Cherry Danish Twists
- Lemon Danishes
- Lemon Cranberry Scones
- Bran Muffins
- Zucchini Bread
- Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- Broccoli and Cheese Quiche
- Meat and Cheese Plate
- Tomatoes with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Fruit Plate
- Sour Cream Cookies with piped Rose and Sprinkles
- Caesars with Candied Bacon
- Cayman Punch
- Coffee Bar with our favourite Starbucks beans
The next step on the list of to do’s was details. Before she was born, I made her a mobile out of purple felt roses, pearls and crystal beads. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I just knew it needed to be the detail the rest of the decorations were created around. I made lots of extra felt roses to use on the buffet table as well as in the banner that was used as the back drop for the delicious food.
Initially I had a hard time deciding what to do with the banner, and apart from knowing I wanted it to simply say Euphemia, I really struggled with what else to do with it. I slept on it for a few days before having the idea of draping it with pearls. Still, I wasn’t sure how to execute the idea, but went shopping for pearls anyway. Then I found two pearl necklaces from the dollar store that were actually part of a Halloween costume, and brought them home before testing out a few ideas.
Margie and I put our heads together and the final result was better than I expected. I just love how simple the banner looks draped with the pearls and accented with more felt flowers. What I realized is that anything can be embellished. Any of the products in our shop can be draped in pearls or even little purple felt roses can be added. Or, if it’s a bow that would make the cake topper simply perfect, go ahead and embellish it!
For the coffee station, we used disposable white paper cups and made coffee sleeves out of brown paper adorned with a white E. Bryan was so helpful in the gluing process and he made every single sleeve for us.
We chose simple white napkins and basic cutlery for the brunch, but we wrapped them with twine that echoed the natural colours in the banner and the coffee sleeves.
I made a custom sprinkle mix for my little lady. It was silver and white with the tiniest purple accents. She might be too young to remember these details, but I’ll never forget how much love I put into this party for her and our family. The quiche was the ever popular broccoli and cheese. It was a guaranteed hit and there ended up being absolutely no leftovers.
The birthday cake was wonderful. For Kyleigh’s first birthday I kept it simple with a white cake and buttercream, but I wanted to make something a little fancier this time. Effie is a much more adventurous eater than Kyleigh ever was, and I knew I would be able to stray from traditional white cake and white buttercream. I ended up making a white cake filled with the same amazing lemon curd I used for the lemon danishes and iced it all with a whipped mascarpone cream. The final result is not nearly a sweet as it would have been with buttercream. Effie devoured it.
This birthday brunch was seriously perfect. It could not have been more wonderful. The weather was fantastic, and we were so blessed to be surrounded by friends and family so eager to celebrate in such an exciting milestone with us. I’m so thankful to Margie who captured the details of our efforts so beautifully, and for giving us the gift of so many priceless pictures of our littlest babe over the last year. This little lady has filled our whole families lives with so much joy, and has really brought us all together in the most priceless of ways. To our sweet little Euphemia, Mommy, Daddy, your brothers, your sister, and your whole family would like to wish you the Happiest of First birthdays. Oh how we love you so!