Leighton’s First Birthday Party

I promise this is my last birthday related post, but hey your first child only turns one once! Leighton was born on a Friday, so we lucked out and were able to have her birthday party on her actual birthday, August 5th.

In Australia it’s pretty much a given that most celebrations take place with a bbq at the park, so that is what we chose to do to celebrate our Aussie born child. Luckily, the winter weather in Brisbane is pretty much perfection for a park party.

The picnic tables fill up pretty quickly, so you have to get there early to mark your spot. Our party didn’t start until 11, but we were posted up by 8:30 that morning. The early bird gets the worm, and we had the best spot right along the river with two picnic tables and bbq nearby.

My whole immediate family plus my brother’s girlfriend were in town, so we had lots of help getting everything done. Cameron and Savannah held our spot and started setting up the decor and food while the rest of us picked up balloons, made trips to the apt, made the cake and got the birthday girl ready. I am not sure how the day would have gone without so many extra hands!

We had lots of finger foods and fruits and veggies for people to snack on but we wanted to have a traditional Aussie sausage sizzle for lunch. My brother’s girlfriend, Savannah, has a costco membership so the two of us made the 30 minute trek out there the day before to get all the supplies. We actually stopped by Bunnings (the hardware store) to scope out a real sausage sizzle first to make sure we weren’t missing anything. Nothing like a sausage wrapped in white bread at 10am. 

The cake was my favorite part. I found a pin for a DIY Naked cake which was too easy. We ordered two plain chocolate cakes with vanilla frosting from the grocery store ($4 each) and scraped off some of the icing and topped it with flowers and a topper. 

I didn’t want to get a separate cake for Leighton so we just gave her a hearty piece. At first she wasn’t too sure about it, and when everyone started singing to her she really did not like that.

Trav broke off a piece of the cake and handed it to her and she immediately tried to put it back in it’s place like a puzzle. It was too funny. Once she got a proper taste though she was couldn’t get enough. She ate every last crumb.


Everything turned out better than I could have imagined and we had a great turn out. Leighton loved walking around and checking everyone and everything out and only got fussy once (during the post-cake outfit change). We are so lucky to have so many sweet friends that came out to celebrate Leighton’s birthday and first year of parenting.

Once the cake smash was over, we had an outfit change and most of the guests (especially the ones with kids) began to depart. Our family plus a few childless friends hung around for a while by the river before packing up at and heading home around 2. Leighton couldn’t stay awake for the 8 minute drive home and stayed asleep for a solid two hours while we all got a nap in too. It was such a fun day and I can’t wait to celebrate more birthdays with our little firecracker!


12 thoughts on “Leighton’s First Birthday Party

  1. Ok if I bought a cake from a supermarket and scraped off some icing it would look like something someone found in a dumpster. I am so impressed you made it look so pretty! That looks like such a fun day, and trad Aussie as well. I love the last picture, the epitome of tuckered out 🙂

  2. Elisabeth Gringeri says:

    this is so fun! and her cute little dress – I can’t even 🙂

    also, leighton was on my short list of names for adelaide ❤

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