Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine 1st Birthday Party

1st Birthdays are always fun to do, I love making a darling cake for the kids to just plunge into!  For Harpers Birthday, I did a white cake with white buttercream frosting and candy hearts.  I originally was going to do fondant so it would look perfect, but I decided to make it a little easier for her to dive into.  Her Mom choose a Valentines themed Birthday party, so between the two of us, we came up with this!
We created a fun dessert table, full of lots of delicious treats, and heart garlands, with heart sprinkle confetti tossed across the table.
 Her Mom made a cute heart Birthday banner.
 Ballons were splashed along the ceilings creating a fun and playful look.
Large and mini vanilla cupcakes,  and rice krispy treats with marshmallows dipped in chocolate.
Oreo cake balls, chocolate dipped pretzels, candy balls, marshmallow kabobs, and more heart marshmallows dipped in pink chocolate.
 Shirley Temples for the party drink with stripped straws that floated to the top!
 Sugar cookie station for the kids to decorate homemade sugar cookies to keep them busy!
The Birthday cake, and a close up on the cake. I made the boarder into hearts and then pipped stripes and used heart sprinkles for the sides.  Note that the lighting was very yellow in the room, and I had a hard time getting rid of it in the pictures, so the coloring sometimes didnt turn out the best.
Birthday girl after her Birthday swim opening up her presents, or at least watching all her friends help her open her presents.
And the big moment of the night, her first cake all to herself!
This is what the inside of the cake looked like.  For the recipe I used my Vanilla Bean cupcake recipe found HERE:

Buttercream Frosting

1 C. Butter (2 cubes at room temperature)
1. tsp Madagascar Vanilla
4 C. Powder Sugar
2 tsp. Whole Milk
Pinch of salt

In a mixer, combine both cubes of butter and vanilla and mix together well.  Add one cup of powder sugar and mix well.  Next, add another cup of powder sugar and 1 tsp. of whole milk and mix.  Repeat process until all the powder sugar and milk are combined.  Continue beating the frosting for a minute or two until it gets nice and fluffy! Add desired color and mix in, then add to piping bag ready to pipe!

1 comment:

  1. Everything looks so pretty! Looks like we were on the same page for cakes! I love your cookie station and all of the yummy candies. I just read your posts on the treat bags and the marshmallows! Love the marshmallows, what a great and easy idea. I know, it is really hard to blog when you are trying to be good!