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Elle’s Swan Princess First Birthday Party

Turning one is not like turning 25 – it only happens once! That’s why I threw a special swan princess birthday party for our little lady where the only decree of the day was, “let them eat cake!”

Is a first birthday party necessary? No, absolutely not. But for a couple that loves to get the wine flowing, this past year has been understandably quiet on the entertaining front as my husband and I transitioned into our exciting new role as parents.

However, when the August sun kept shining (which isn’t always a guarantee in Edmonton), I knew it was time to swap in my mom jeans for some party pants. I was excited, not only to celebrate our little lady’s special day, but to connect with our family and friends who’ve been so supportive this past year.

Swan Princess Party Details

We set up a bouncy castle outside (a fantastic kijiji find) along with seating, an adult ‘drink station’ and snack table – but it was inside that was my favourite.

There’s just something so feminine and elegant yet fun about swans, which is why this bird was the perfect theme to plan around.Swan princess birthday party cake and dessert table

Now fluff your feathers and take a peek at these fun swan princess birthday party details:

The dessert table was my absolute favourite part of the party. Not only was it cute to look at, but it doubled as a candy bar so that the older kids could fill up a treat bag with all of their favourite goodies. I’m not going to lie, when it comes to older kids I’m not yet ‘in the know’ with what’s cool for treat bags. But you can’t go wrong with candy, right?!

In order to achieve this dreamy dessert table look, I:

  • Started with a white tablecloth.
  • Spread out white cake stands across the table (I used ten in total). I placed all the desserts and candies on cake stands so they’d look like they were floating above the tulle.
  • Filled in the spaces between the cake stands with fairy lights, tucking the battery packs behind the cake stands to help keep them out of sight. I used three light strands in total.
  • Used a combination of white, blush pink and glitter tulle and layered them softly between the cake stands, ensuring that the battery packs were completely covered. I used eight meters in total.
  • Crossed my fingers that my cat wouldn’t deconstruct the whole setup before I arranged the candies, desserts and floral arrangements.

Swan-themed birthday party tulle dessert table

Jellycat plush swan overlooks first birthday swan princess party decor

Plush swan birthday party candy bar decor

Elegant white swan princess first birthday cake adorned with fresh flowers

Swan princess birthday party dessert table

Swan princess first birthday party decorations

First birthday pink cupcakes wrapped in gold foil

Swan princess birthday party dessert table decor

Jellycat swan plush stuffed animal

Girly swan princess birthday party cake and pink cupcakes

Swan princess birthday party faux taxidermy head

White feathered custom swan birthday cake

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for stopping by and checking out Elle’s swan princess birthday party! I’ve also shared some other fun, low-key ideas for celebrating your little’s first birthday.

Happy planning!

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xo Holly Hunka

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