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Matthews First Birthday Party – Milk and Cookies

March 28th, 2012 | Posted by Andie in Matthew | Photography

It’s been almost 3 months since Matthews birthday, but I’m finally getting around to doing a blog post on his birthday.

Initially I wasn’t so keen on doing a theme for Matthews first birthday. But as the time got closer and I started seeing cool things on Pinterest (you can see my inspiration board here), I got more of an idea of what I wanted to do and the idea of doing a theme didn’t seem so silly. I pretty much wanted something that was suitable for a one year old, but also fun for adults because it’s not like the one year olds would remember it. So a few months out, I decided on the idea of doing milk and cookies, a simple but fun concept.
The hardest part was finding milk bottles to hold the milk. I tried finding some unique 1950’s style milk bottles, but I couldn’t find any in second hand shops and the ones online were all classed as antiques which put the price of them outside my budget. I eventually came across some bottles in The Warehouse which suited my needs, and at only $2 per bottle couldn’t resist.
I also tried to find mini milk bottles for the guests to drink their milk out of, but once again, they were out of my price range.

I created Matthews invite based off the subway art thats popular around the internet at the moment. Most people just got an e-invite (ok, via a facebook event), but I did print out a few copies for a couple of people.

Matthews cake was a giant cupcake, same mould as the one from his Cake Smash, but different cake and icing, The bottom half of the cake was a banana cake and the top half a carrot cake. I was also going to pipe a cream cheese icing onto it, but the icing didn’t set properly so just spread it on. Also added some hundreds and thousands at the last minutes to give it a bit of colour. the picture doesn’t quite do it justice, but you could see the groves of the cupcake top which gave it the swirl icing look.

I made all the cookies for the party. I could have just popped down to the shops and brought a bunch, but I thought it would be so much nicer to make some unique cookies. I must send out thanks to my mum and sisters who helped me to complete the cookies the morning of Matthews party. We made (going from left to right, top to bottom),

  • Coconut Macaroons,
  • Rasberry and White Chocolate Macroons – recipe adapted from here,
  • Mixed Spice Cookies,
  • Melting Moments with Orange Filling,
  • Chocolate Oat Cookies.

I also had some basic raisin cookies, but forgot to get a picture of them.

We were also very lucky to have some extra yummy goodies made for us. Rob’s sisters made some gorgeous and so colourful cupcakes and Mel made us some Cake Pops (click for the recipe).

Set up the table all pretty like. In the bottles I had chocolate milk, strawberry milk and whole milk. I also put water and juice into the final two bottles, just so people had a bit of choice if they weren’t keen on milk. We also had some fruit out on the table, and brought out some savoury foods later on.


Rest of the party was pretty good. People sat around, talked, consumed food and drink. The babies and toddlers ran around, we put up Matthews tunnel and they played in that for a while. Matthew got some awesome presents and got to have a bit of cake. You can read a bit more about it here if you’re interested.






And one last one of this gorgeous little man with icing all over his face


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