Perfect 1st birthday gift:
We've been doing Oprah Winfrey's gifts for years, and she
taught me how to design the ultimate first birthday gift. Her
thoughtful gift that I get to help create for every celebrity is a
collection of favorite classic children's books, all presented in a
big oversize galvanized tub and personalized with the baby's first
name. There truly is no better gift than a book.
Food and dessert: A first
birthday party is really all about the adults having fun. Setting a
fun, interactive tasting bar in advance allows you as the hostess
to focus on spending time with your guests and enjoying yourself,
instead of being stuck in the kitchen. I love creating a custom,
colorful theme, even for the cake, to dress up the party. The cake
is the centerpiece and a smaller smash cake for the baby provides
for great photos to cherish for years to come. For food, I love
everything in miniature, just like the birthday baby!
Theme and venue: Always
choose a theme that your child currently loves. Storybooks,
characters, sports, travel or hobbies, any of these creates the
perfect, personal party theme. For a Cinderella party, we served
mini fruit "wands," "princess and the pea"
chopped salad, star PB&Js, waffle cones filled with
custom sweets and snacks, and princess punch. For a racing party,
the kids went wild for mini sliders with racing flags, mini mac and
cheese cups, and tiny grilled ham and cheese.
Top tips: Plan a menu with
drinks, small savory bites and sweets that all can be premade in
advance and set out at room temperature during the party. Make sure
to focus on your child at the party.