A child’s first birthday is no joke if you decide to throw party and welcome the new mommy and baby friends you’ve made in the past year plus your closest friends and family. I had originally planned a picnic at the park unicorn style for two main reasons:
1- renting out any kid party place in HK is going to cost you upwards of $10,000 (because you can’t bring your own food)
2- I wanted to throw her the unicorn party I NEVER HAD.
As a child I owned ONE VHS Video and it was The Last Unicorn. If you haven’t seen it, it’s dark, it’s beautiful and it’ll make you cry, even as a kid. I remember I begged my mom for wallpaper one year for my 4th birthday (because we never had birthday parties), and it was on the top unicorn themed and the bottom pastel rainbow crayon stripes. I have NO idea how I convinced her but I came home one day from school and there it was! Unfortunately, when we moved two years later I had no wall paper again.
Mya has lots of books and toys that she won’t remember playing with and it was important to us to ask our friends to bring something meaningful for us to remember this day together so we asked everyone to bring a letter, a picture or something else for a time capsule for when she turns 18. (I have 2 future birthday gifts ready to go that will reconnect that mother daughter bond because I know there will come a time when her and I don’t see eye to eye, I want her to be reminded that there is only love).
I’m digressing! Mya’s unicorn picnic actually turned into an indoor party at none other than Linguini Fini in Soho. It was fitting because they were always making our veggie rainbow pizzas AND I told Ciaran at their other venue, Posto Pubblico over lunch just 19 months prior that I was pregnant.
I had originally ordered 30 unicorn headbands off TaoBao and got a reply one week before the party that they wouldn’t be able to fulfill the order. I had even placed a second order for plain headbands that would normally take 2 days but didn’t arrive until 6pm the night before the party….
So here’s one of the patterns I followed and here’s what I ended up making with some felt, stuffing, gold thread, gold ribbon, headbands and fake flowers. I am also SO grateful my mom was here and helped me sew some of the elastic headbands together. It gave us time to stay up and chat and reminded us of when I used to dance. We would stay up sewing on sequins to my dresses one by one… I can’t believe we even had to pay for the costumes and didn’t get to keep them.
The slippery slope of making these unicorn headbands reminded me of how much, I LOVE MY GLUE GUN!!!
DECORATIONS – When in doubt, Party Supplies will have you covered. I was able to purchase clear balloons and filled them myself with tissue paper confetti and found all these fun banners and tassels to hang up. I also found these rainbow coloured name tags for our friends to get to know each other too.
I found a beautiful polk a dot table cloth from Tootsweet at Bumps to Babes for the table
Lastly, I really wanted to make it a minimal plastic party and had originally enrolled all my gfs to bring their beloved ikea kids cups, bowls and plates and cutlery for the picnic. I had also purchase LOTS of colourful paper napkins from IKEA that we still used at LF and real plates and forks which was great to keep plastics to a minimum.
FOOD- As most bubs were around 1 year old, I kept the food mostly veggie and easy for those who are baby led weaning.
I had to make some unhealthy treats too! I bought two packs of roasted PREZ sticks and covered them with white frosting and sprinkles (sent all the way from Canada from my bro – THANK YOU IAN).
A Rainbow Vegetable plate with dips from M&S Food (WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT M&S FOODS?!)- Salsa, Red Peppers, Carrots, Yellow Peppers, Cucumbers, Hummus and blue veggie chips.
A veggie rainbow pizza – Follow this link and while we didn’t go full out with the cauliflower crust, the guys at Linguini Fini didn’t disappoint and there was no leftovers!
A Rainbow Fruit Plate – Strawberries on the outside, Orange slices, pineapple, green grapes and blueberries. We had a jar of raw coconut yogurt for dipping too.
RAINBOW JELLOW- T H I S was a labour of L O V E and follow whatever recipe you want but my recommendation is to mix 1 pack of Jello with 300 ml of water PLUS 1 teaspoon of gelatin powder before you put it in the fridge for 30 minutes and then keep layering until you’re done! Top with carnation cream (I totally forgot but it would have been delicious)
PARTY BAGS FOR BABIES & A PLAY AREA
A TWISTER MAT is the BEST play mat for kids! The fact that it’s colourful fit perfectly for the theme and I had other kids in the restaurant join in and play too. My gf brought a bag of big blocks that worked out perfectly for the kids to play with too.
In each party bag I filled it with a handmade streamer, bubbles, glitter or smelly scented playdough and a treat and gave it to my guests as they ARRIVED so they had things to entertain babies.
THE CAKE – I was shocked at how much a simple tall round cake would cost (since my brother makes cakes as a passion project in Canada). My asks were that it was egg yolks only as Mya is allergic to egg whites still and to have the unicorn’s eye open. Here’s the eggless recipe for the inside of the cake.
Well, my girlfriend and S U P E R M O M Andrea Wada Davies came to the rescue. This woman JUST had a baby but has nothing but LOVE AND SKILLS and made this EPIC Egg free unicorn cake AND CUPCAKES for us. This was probably the best gift to me and I know that so much love went into this cake – there were layers of rainbow cake INSIDE.
She is hands down the most talented cookie and cake and cupcake decorator in town and does it because she loves it. I am encouraging her to open up shop now so if you need some goodies, ask her nicely, give her a decent budget and she will say yes.
Lastly, THE INFLATABLE UNICORN, Yes, I own this and yes, you may borrow it and if you EVER need help with planning a rainbow, unicorn themed party, I GOT YOU MAMA!