Well it’s come and gone, the big first birthday party. It was so much fun, both to plan and to experience. I had a lot of fun getting into the barnyard theme I chose for little man’s first birthday. Pinterest was a huge help of course! Becky from HBPhotography was so nice and came to photograph his party for us! This was a blessing because I didn’t realize how busy I’d be and how many photo ops I’d miss! Luckily between her, family, and friends there was no shortage of photos and memories.
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Here is the run down of the party, mostly in pictures
Barn doors were a cheap purchase on Amazon but they were a perfect back drop to the treat table.
We had yummy cupcakes from Kim’s Kake Kreations, she did a fabulous job on the cake and cupcakes.
Also, what would a barnyard party be without cow patties?
I used the classic Cow Tale for favors and simply tied thank you notes to each one.
I also snagged a super cute Etsy hat, because let’s face it, I’m just not talented enough for this sort of thing.
Birthday boy shirt, also Etsy.
For his picture banner I used handkerchiefs tied together. We also had some fun themed food, farm fresh eggs (devlied eggs), pigs in a blanket, ham sliders, haystacks (pretzels), chicken wings, mac & cheese, and the veggie patch, to name a few.
I made some fun centerpieces complete with Chica his favorite little bird.
The best part, the cake smash!
He didn’t dig in quite like I thought he would so I helped get him motivated but once he had a taste it was go time!
I used a no sugar added recipe from here and tweaked it a bit, it was really easy! My variation is below:
No Sugar Added Banana Cake:
5 Ripe Bananas
1/2 cup homemade applesauce (steam the apples and put in a food processor)
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup oat flour (old fashioned oats in food processor)
1 tsp cinnamon
- Mash the bananas in a medium bowl.
- In a separate large bowl, mix the flours, baking soda, and cinnamon together.
- Add the mashed bananas, applesauce, coconut oil, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated.
- Coat your 2, 4 inch cake pans with coconut oil.
- Spread the batter into the bottom of the pans.
- Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness.
- Cool the cakes before frosting.
Dairy Free Frosting:
For the frosting I simply used a can of coconut milk, I scooped the milk fat off the top and whipped it with a little coconut flour until the consistency looked like it would sit on the cake.
I used blueberries (another favorite of his) for the 1 on the cake. I think he was more interested in picking the blueberries off than he was the cake!
We had such a great time celebrating our little guy. He received a lot of great presents and we were able to spend time with great friends and family. I’m kind of sad it’s over, it’s bittersweet. I know each phase of his life will be just as great as the last (ok maybe not the teenage years) but, wow, we have a toddler!!