First Birthday Party

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.

*all photos in this post are copyright protected by HBPhotography

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.


Brantley Dukes 1 Yr 15

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.

Brantley Dukes 1 Yr 21

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.

Brantley Dukes 1 Yr 18

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!


Brantley Dukes 1 Yr 25

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


  1. Mash the bananas in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate large bowl, mix the flours, baking soda, and cinnamon together.
  3. Add the mashed bananas, applesauce, coconut oil, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated.
  4. Coat your 2, 4 inch cake pans with coconut oil.
  5. Spread the batter into the bottom of the pans.
  6. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes.  Check with a toothpick for doneness.
  7. 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!!

One Thought on “First Birthday Party

  1. Thanks for the link love — Great addition with the coconut flour too! And a barnyard theme is adorable, great job mama!

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