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Unicorn First Birthday in Washington DC

Planning a unicorn first birthday in Washington DC? Yay! I was too. I planned the perfect, at least for us, Unicorn First Birthday in Washington DC with a touch of floral accents. Keep reading for our daughter’s first haircut, unicorn-themed party, a cake smash, and so much fun.

The sweets table at a unicorn first birthday in Washington DC.

We started the day by taking Grandma and my daughter for a haircut– my daughter’s first! In my family, it’s bad luck to cut a child’s hair before their first birthday, and our kids are born with a lot of hair!

Our first stop was DNA Lab in Frederick, MD. Jessie cut Aurora’s hair, and kudos to her. She was patient and kind, hip and efficient. Aurora’s hair is now a cute bob with bangs– making life so much easier! Aurora loves to pull out any bow.

One year old's first haircut at DNA Lab in Frederick, MD.
First haircut at DNA Lab in Frederick, MD.
First haircut at DNA Lab in Frederick, MD.

After the haircut, we did the cake smash. I HIGHLY recommend planning the cake smash before the party. First, at the end of the party, your child will be tired. Most likely asleep. The cake smash is the highlight of the party! A crying, sleepy child does not make for a fun cake smash.

Secondly, if you try to do the cake smash mid-party, you’ll have a messy baby and will probably excuse yourself to wash up the babe and change their clothes. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to step away from a party I’m hosting.

But… do a cake smash! They are so, so much fun.

Cake smash at a floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.
Cake smash at a floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.
Cake smash at a floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.
Cake smash at a floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.

The most popular element of these photos is the flower hoop. I’m sorry that I can’t share where I got this because…. I made it. It was a Hobby Lobby purchase in the pit of my pre-labor nesting. It’s silk flowers, floral tape, and the wire from a drain snake– the last was my husband’s addition. I used it in my daughter’s nursery before using it for her party.

If you can, buy this, don’t make it. It’s expensive and a pain in the butt to make. If you want more inspiration on similar hoops, here‘s a great blog post on similar hoops.

Cake: Wegmans

Cake topper: Amazon

Onsie and tutu: Amazon

And then the part everyone waited for! Unicorns. Unicorn first birthday in Washington DC.

While we had a awesome dinner of ribeye, salmon, salads, and mashed potatoes, the cake and sweets table drew everyone in. Here are some photos and the resource links are below.

Cake smash at a floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.
Sweets table at floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.
Sweets table at floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.
Cotton candy cocktails at floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.
Sweets table at floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.  This unicorn cake is from Buttercream Bakeshop in Georgetown.
Sweets table at floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.  This unicorn cake with rainbow center is from Buttercream Bakeshop in Georgetown.
Sweets table at floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.
Flowers at floral and unicorn themed party in Washington, DC.

Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop

Laser cut wooden name signs: Ever Laser

Candies: Gummy lips | Strawberry heart marshmallows | Macaroons | Rock candy on a stick | Cupid candy corn | Cookies (my favorite!) | Cupcakes | Cupcake Ferris Wheel

Cocktails: glassware- vintage | cotton candy | Welch’s sparkling rose 

Unicorn gift bags: similar here

Flowers

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