Penelope Bird Cookies and Cake Birthday Party

Penelope Bird Cookies and Cake Birthday Party features the Pottery Barn Kids Penelope Birds for a 1st birthday with a Penelope Bird Cake and a Penelope Birth royal icing cookies!

Penelope Bird Dessert Table

I never shared the photos from Ava’s 1st Birthday almost 2 1/2 years ago! Her nursery was decorated with Pottery Barn Kids Penelope Birds, so I decided to use that theme for her party. My aunts had made some beautiful table runners and decorations using these birds for my baby shower and let me keep them to use for this party.

Penelope Bird fabric table cover

I used bright tissue paper to make tissue paper poufs and hung them with fishing line from tiny, clear 3M command hooks on the ceiling. Here are the sugar cookies decorated with royal icing:

Penelope Bird Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Penelope Bird Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Penelope Bird Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

The cake was a boxed chocolate cake covered with Easy Vanilla Buttercream. I always used boxed cakes when I’m going to be decorating extensively.  I love how they taste, and they save me time when I know I will need to focus my energy on decorating.

Easy Vanilla Buttercream
The best homemade buttercream that's so easy to make!
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Easy Vanilla Buttercream

I used royal icing to make the birds – just pipe the shapes onto waxed paper, let dry overnight, and carefully peel off. These are called “Royal Icing Transfers.” Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Penelope Bird Birthday Cake
close up of top of the cake with "Ava is 1" and little Penelope birds
1st birthday cake with little birds around the sides

Mini-cupcakes made with batter from a boxed cake and topped with Easy Vanilla Buttercream:

mini cupcakes frosted with Easy Vanilla Buttercream
more mini cupcakes decorated with easy vanilla buttercream and pink sugar sprinkles

The entire dessert table.  I love how it turned out with the bright, fun colors!

the entire dessert table taken from above to show the cake, cupcakes, and decorated sugar cookies

Although she didn’t enjoy us singing to her, Ava loved her smash cake!  

baby clapping after eating smash cake


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1 thought on “Penelope Bird Cookies and Cake Birthday Party”

  • 5 stars
    Yummy! The cake and cupcakes look delicious and mouth-watering. She is so cute, happy birthday to her. I really liked how you have decorated the party area. My son is turning 3 next month and I wish to decorate an event space San Francisco just like this.

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