A {Smash} Caking Good Time

by tinysneakers

Last weekend we celebrated the bug’s birthday with a big blowout – cake smashing included.

first birthday cake smash

Ok, it wasn’t so much of a blowout, but it was a blast. It would’ve been impossible not to be a blast, seeing as we were surrounded by family and friends.

birthday boy family

first birthday cake eating

It’s amazing and heartwarming to see how many people love and care about our little boy, and how many people have been there supporting us and cheering us on throughout this incredible first year of parenthood.

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We figured this would be one of the few years where Kabes wouldn’t be giving input on his party’s theme, so we kept it simple: snow. I almost balked at the last minute and changed it to a tropical heat wave theme, seeing as it was 70 degrees and sunny the week before his party, but the weather cooperated {?} and dusted us with our first snow of the season 2 nights before his party.

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The main reason I wanted a snow theme? So we could celebrate with hot cocoa. We set up a hot cocoa bar, complete with homemade cinnamon white hot chocolate {with real chocolate!}, mini marshmallows, and peppermint sticks. I don’t think the hot cocoa bar was as big of a hit as I thought it’d be, but hey, that’s ok.

hot chocolate bar

We kept the rest of the food easy and kid-friendly. The star of the meal: PB&Js on Hawaiian rolls, with a couple peanut butter & apple butter sandwiches thrown in for variety. We also served up some mini quiches, veggies with hummus, chips and salsa, and cupcakes {of course}. Besides the hot chocolate we also had some adult beverages on hand, despite the 11am party time. I’m not sure who was more appreciative of those: the break-needing parents or the overwhelmed-with-toddler-chaos childless friends. Winking smile

birthday cupcake display

While I made real {baby-friendly} cupcakes for KB’s actual birthday, I went with fancied-up baby pancakes for this celebration- solely for the fact that pancakes provided more surface area for the whipped cream. Yes, I was actually encouraging Kabes to make a mess. I used KB’s favorite banana pancakes recipe and made thinner, larger pancakes than I normally I do, then I stacked them like a layer cake with thick layers of coconut whipped cream {the same as this icing recipe}, topped with sprinkles. What’s a birthday cake without sprinkles?!

1st birthday cake cake tasting

Our little one year old needed a little egging on to dig into his “cake”, but once he got the idea {and got used to everyone staring at him} he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

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He shared. So polite.

family of three

So many presents!

first birthday presents

Happy first birthday, little man.

happy birthday

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family January 31, 2013 at 8:11 am

SO SO SO CUTE!!! I would love to see the whole chalk board print behind you guys!


Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's February 1, 2013 at 11:13 am

Me too! It looks so great from what I can see.


tinysneakers February 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

I will post it!


Kelly January 31, 2013 at 8:30 am

I didn’t even realize there was hot chocolate, not to mention WHITE hot chocolate 🙂 I would have been all over that…
Who am I kidding, it was much easier to hold a bottle 🙂


MIZ January 31, 2013 at 8:55 am

I miss those days 🙂


Jen January 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm

You did an awesome job on his pancake cake! Love that idea. And the pics are adorable 🙂


Samantha February 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

Happy birthday little man! Your party is totally cute!! I love the hot coco idea. Basically because I love hot coco! How did you do the sign behind his high chair??
Great party!


Andrea February 2, 2013 at 9:20 am

The first birthday and cake smashing is so much fun!! I love all your decorations and chalk board designs. You are beyond talented!


Andrea @ From Florida to North Dakota February 2, 2013 at 9:26 am

Happy Birthday!! There is nothing more fun than the first birthday and cake smashing! You are an amazing decorator. The chalk board designs are amazing. I wish I could do something like that. You are truly talented.


Leslie February 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

The pics are gorgeous! Our lil girl turns one tomorrow – can’t wait for all of these memories to happen. Congrats 🙂


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