One of the things I really, really want to do as a mom (that I feel my parents did for me) is make each and every birthday extra special. It doesn’t need to be anything crazy, like a huge party. It needs to be something special though.
X’s First Birthday was on a different day than his party. We didn’t know what to do for him, because honestly he won’t remember much and not a whole lot of stuff leaves a huge impact on him. We decided to have a big family breakfast and then go to the beach during the day that day. (X loves the beach.)
We had decided to not purchase him a gift from us, and instead throw his birthday party. At ten in the evening, the night before his birthday, I got really sad that he wouldn’t have a gift to open on his actual birthday. I wanted something for him to open, that would not sit around the house and collect dust, and that would engage him. Thus came this idea…
|Our little man felt like he needed to climb in the box rather than open it the traditional way.|
|But, he was still pretty surprised!|
1. Inflate balloons with helium. I used a disposable helium tank that I had already and “Happy Birthday” balloons.
2. Pack balloons into a large box. Tape box shut— I used painters tape and only on the edges so that my son would have an easier time getting the box open.
3. Wrap box. (Do not use a lot of tape so that the wrapping is easy to get open.)
4. Let the kiddo wake up and have a blast opening his/her surprise!
|“Where did all the balloons go!?”|
So, a few things before I share this recipe with everyone:
Now that bit is over with… this cake was TASTY. The cake was basically a normal easy cake recipe where I substituted banana for sugar and applesauce for oil/butter (another thing I wanted to cut back on in his first treat). The frosting was whipped cream cheese with a touch of vanilla and a touch of powdered sugar. The cake consistency was close to muffin rather than cake. But, it was a small price to pay when cutting out butter/oil!
Now, I couldn’t go and make a healthier cupcake and then top it with sugary frosting. But, come on.. a cupcake just ain’t a cupcake without frosting. So, I opted to put a dollop of whipped cream cheese frosting on top. I made WAY too much frosting. So, if using this recipe plan on either putting on more frosting per cupcake, attacking frosting with a spoon, or saving it to go on a batch of cinnamon rolls!
|Yes, we are THAT family. You know, the one with matching shirts. Got our shirts via Etsy.|
My son is nearly fourteen months already. I can’t believe it! A couple months ago we celebrated his 1st birthday in true “A Well Crafted Party” style.
Today I posted some of the awesome photos that Macey of Motormouth Studio took of the party. I’ll be posting party details, projects, and free printables throughout the week.
But, I wanted to post some of my favorite photos of the party that aren’t related to the decor or food. THE PEOPLE! Thanks to all the lovely people that made it out to X’s first birthday.
|The Bost Men|
|There were five adorable babies in attendance at the party. Afton and Ruthie (The Boho Mama‘s twin girls); Jaxson; Jack (The Garden of Edlen‘s son); and X!|
|X loves his Uncle Jonny to pieces|
|He dug right into his presents!|
|X’s GoGo flew up from Oklahoma to spend his birthday with him. He was so happy to see her!|
X’s party was a ton of fun. Check back tomorrow to see what we did on his ACTUAL birthday.