I always take these weird hiatuses (is it hiati), I don’t know. I’m just a sucky blogger these days.
Good thing I can get it together to throw a mean 1st birthday at the park.
You can see the pack I bought from Target. There’s always two things I add to invites if I can–a photo and dimension. So I printed a bunch of 4×6 photos through Costco online. I used a 2ish” circle punch to make the round photos. Next I dug out some yellow scrap fabric and used my pinking shears to make circles slightly bigger than the photo. I just did it freehand. The uneven slightly odd shapes were okay with me. I glued it all together using the super fantastical Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Lastly, I wrote all the info on the back.
Now, on to the park..
I’ve never made a birthday banner or bunting before so I thought I’d give it a shot. I have a large scrapbook store near my house that has a gazillion dies for die cutting. For $12/year I can use them as much as my little heart desires. So I took some paper, 2/3 of my kids, and my mom (did I tell you she recently moved pretty far away). I used the machines for all the letters and the circles. The burlap you can get for super cheap at any home fabrics store. The circles are attached to the burlap using, what else, Aleene’s. The top of the triangles are simply folded over the jute cord and clothes pinned. I already owned the buckets. I sprayed painted two wood dowels from The Home Depot yellow, made a little cross out of wood, nailed it to the bottom, and filled the buckets with park sand.
For the tables I bought a mega roll of plastic lime green table cloth and cut them all to length at home. I taped the corners and sides under with small pieces of white electrical tape. Next I layed a fat strip of burlap down the entire length of the table
Burlap is your best party friend!
The park made me think of grass so I ordered some sod from the closest nursery which Brian picked up right before the party. Using his box cutter, all we had to do was cut them in half. The circles I cut out of free cardboard boxes. And the “1”s on both sides, you got it, die cut machine.
Lunch was sandwiches, fruit salad with a yummy yogurt sauce, caesar salad, and chips
I made Boots an age appropriate allergy-free little cake to smash (recipe below)
A huge shout-out to Brittany Egbert at One Charming Party for sharing this recipe with the world
Go check her out!
2/3 cup rice milk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup light agave nectar
1/3 cup applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325°. Cut 2 circles from parchment paper to fit 2 six-inch round cake pans. Lightly oil and flour the round cake pans and place parchment circles in the bottom. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice milk and apple cider vinegar. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes to curdle. With a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat in agave nectar, applesauce and vanilla. Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until smooth. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of both cakes comes out clean. Let pans cool for 30 minutes and then carefully turn out onto a cooling rack. Once both cakes are completely cooled, stack (with a layer of frosting or organic jam between cake layers) and frost.
(this may contain soy, depending on your margarine):
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated and dairy-free margarine, like Earth Balance
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup rice milk
Beat the shortening and margarine together until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for about 3 more minutes. Add the vanilla and rice milk. Beat for another 5 to 7 minutes until fluffy.
(Both recipes adapted from the book “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World”)
Here’s what everyone else got. Don’t tell Shivohn.
“Miss Shivohn’s Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches”
Because they’re frozen you can make them one batch at a time over the course of the week before the party.
I used this recipe from Martha Stewart that I have tweaked a bit and used in the past. (FYI, I do NOT make my own ice cream. lol)
For the favors we handed out “Miss Shivohn’s Favorite Pancake Mix” in a jar.
I mixed all the dry ingredients, put them in the jars, and attached instructions for completing the recipe.
Now for my very favorite part!
We made these two different signs for the guests to write on with chalk and hold up for a photo.
Some other photos for you to enjoy
Shivohn and my mom
Yes, that’s actually me in front of the camera. I know!
Thanks for spending time here today