This soft and furry LITTLE LAMB First Birthday Party that Carrie of Half Baked created to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday has a wonderfully calm, tranquil vibe – and is filled with seriously incredible style and grace! The neutral color palette and fluffy textures that were used throughout the party are perfect choices for the “Little Lamb” party theme, which would also translate perfectly to a darling baby shower.
The custom lamb canvas by Diana of djDecor is the perfect backdrop for this lovely dessert table, and I’m especially smitten with all the different ways yarn was used to decorate including the yarn balls, mini yarn pop-pom balls, yarn wrapped letters spelling ‘Sadie’ (the birthday girl’s name, of course), and even the yarn on the cake! Speaking of cake, Carrie is an extremely talented cake designer. Sadie’s little cake smash cake is almost too cute to eat, and the large fondant lamb cake is simply spectacular. I’m loving the burlap accents used on the cake and on the custom bib by Bugaboo Bliss.
This party wouldn’t be complete without an array of soft and fluffy desserts – including custom puffy sheep sugar cookies, fluffy white cotton candy, cinnamon pinwheel cookies, white cheddar popcorn cones, caramel apple shooter and more. Check it out for yourself! Keep reading for more furry photos + party details. . .
PARTY DETAILS, as told by Carrie…
“My daughter Sadie recently turned one and, of course, we wanted to do something special to celebrate her first birthday. She absolutely loves everything soft, furry and fluffy. So I decided to embrace this and build a theme around her very favorite stuffed animal. Her little lamb. Together with good friends, we celebrated this special day with a modern update of Mary Had a Little Lamb. . . Sadie Had a Little Lamb!
THE PARTY THEME
Picking the theme was the hardest part but once I decided to base the party on Sadie’s favorite little lamb, everything else just came together. The colors were whites, creams, light caramel and chocolate brown with lots of fluffy, furry, wooly textures. That meant anything and everything lamb related like wool, yarn, felt and fleece with a touch of burlap thrown in. I wanted it to look and feel cuddly soft with lots of different textures for her to touch. Just like her little lamb.
I designed the little lamb invitation to look modern yet fun! I wanted the lamb to be polished but with some texture. His swirly coat was actually inspired by a wool rug from Crate and Barrel. The back of the invite featured a repeating ‘wool locks’ pattern with the text “Sadie Had a Little Lamb”.
I went a bit over the top with the party décor, crafting in every spare moment during the months prior. Oodles of yarn was used in the making of this party! Yarn balls decorated everything from the dessert table to the present table. Small yarn pom poms hung from the ceiling in both the food area and the living room while larger yarn pom ‘flowers’ rested in little white vases. Sadie’s presents were wrapped with furry fleece ribbon and tied with a yarn pom.
Yarn wrapped letters spelling ‘Sadie’ marked the present table. And yes, a little bit of yarn even wrapped the cakes. Yarn, yarn, everywhere! Then we moved on to the felt…. By far the cutest felt detail had to be the sheep pillows that Sadie’s grandmother made, which matched the sheep décor so perfectly. Garland made from small felt circles hung from the ceilings and also wrapped Sadie’s high chair. And of course the birthday girl needed something appropriate to wear for her special day. Bugaboo Bliss made the most adorable custom bib and matching headband using all of the fabrics and colors from the party.
THE DESSERT TABLE
The little lamb theme took over the dessert table. All of the sweets were in party color scheme and appropriate for a Fall. Adorable custom sugar cookies with puffy sheep and mix-n-match patterns were created by Firefly Confections. Of course, I designed the cakes. One for the centerpiece of the table and a small little smash cake for the birthday girl. Fluffy white cotton candy was served up in mini martini glasses as were cinnamon pinwheel cookies (an old Sellman family recipe). Paper cones adorned with little lamb tags and displayed with a white picket fence were filled with white cheddar popcorn. Additional desserts included caramel apples, powdered sugar and cinnamon donut holes and caramel apple cake shooters!
Even though I’m a sweets girl, my favorite part of the dessert table was the little lamb canvas backdrop. Diana of djDecor created this lamb painting for the party and I absolutely fell in love with it! I was so sad to take it down after the party that I decided to change Sadie’s bedroom to a little lamb theme. That way we can continue to enjoy the painting!
Guests were treated to food hot off the grill, courtesy of my husband. He felt like such a dad that day! We had tables and chairs set up outside so the kids could run (or crawl) and play. The grown ups enjoyed some adult beverages while the kiddos enjoyed their sugar high. And of course, Sadie had a ball being the belle of the bash and visiting with everyone.
Guests were given a small box filled with goodies, wrapped with felt and burlap and a matching little lamb tag.
Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating Sadie’s 1st Birthday with us! We could not be more blessed to have this amazing little girl in our life.”
– Party Styling & Decor: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked
– Invitation & Paper Goods: Half Baked on Etsy
– Decorated Sugar Cookies: Firefly Confections
– Painted Canvas: djDecor
– Custom Bib & Headband: Bugaboo Bliss
– Lamb Pillows: Sadie’s Grandmother, using this pattern
– Cakes: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked