A Japanese-inspired first birthday party by Milk & Honey Cake Creative
Minna sama, konnichiwa! Have we got a treat for you! Put on your prettiest kimonos, take a seat on the floor seiza-style, and get ready to indulge in this kawaii 1st birthday party from fab LENZO supplier Milk & Honey Cake Creative!
Inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun, super-mum Grace styled a modern and feminine Japan-themed party for her daughter Noa, paying homage to her favourite country and her name, which is Japanese for “my love.”
Rich in colour & culture, this first birthday is truly beautiful. Grace tells us, “I wanted to do something a bit different, before Noa started requesting ‘Peppa Pig’ or ‘Frozen’-themed parties!”
We think this lush celebration – with its bold explosions of red and pink infused with gold accents and distinguishable Japanese floral patterns – provided the perfect accompaniment to the jaw-dropping cherry blossom trees that surrounded the space.
The birthday setup incorporated many elements of Japanese culture and design, including the custom-made low-laying table, which was a nod to the traditional chabudai where Japanese families gather to eat meals on the floor.
A red table runner was draped across the tablescape and was a gorgeous contrast against the pink plates, marble napkins, and gold cups by Kura & Freya Party Couture. And aren’t those flowers just breathtaking!?
We were also impressed by the grazing table, which featured a rainbow of fresh fruits, cheese and crackers, as well as other charcuterie elements. O kawari (a ‘second helping’), anyone?
Grace also incorporated a gold cart filled with Japanese soda, paper cranes, origami, and hanging parasols into the overall styling concept.
And, we need to spare a minute or two for that cake. Made by the sensei herself, Grace designed and baked a two-tier cake with contrasting layers. A vivid red was used for the top level, while the bottom featured a traditional Japanese design complete with floating lanterns, cranes, and hibiscus.
And did you spot the adorable kimmidoll™ that was placed alongside the cake as an extra touch? These Kokeshi-inspired dolls were also set up around the venue and incorporated in the cookies, too. Speaking of desserts...
Happy birthday, little Noa! We hope you had the most amazing day.
Love, LENZO x
RECREATE THE JAPAN-INSPIRED BIRTHDAY ON LENZO
CONCEPT + STYLING Milk & Honey Cake Creative / VENUE Babalou Weddings and Events / PHOTOGRAPHY Kaitlin Maree Photography / VIDEOGRAPHY Roost Film Co. / FLORIST Xavier Nicolle Flowers / FURNITURE Lovestruck Weddings / DECORATIONS Next Event & HoneyTub Event Hire / BALLOON INSTALLATION Love and Wishes Styled Events / GRAZING TABLE My Alter Ego Catering / SIGNAGE Everly’s Details / CAKE Milk & Honey Cake Creative / PETITE DESSERTS WildChild Cakes / COOKIES LoveBites Cookies / PARTYWARE Kura & Freya Party Couture / FAVOURS Little Green Leaf / INVITATIONS Rubio Creatives / FASHION (BABY KIMONO) Arte Atelier / KIMMIDOLLS The Aird Group / Written by Melbourne blogger Maree Mikhaiel