Slower Cooker Baked Potatoes:
10-12 Large Russel Potatoes
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Easy Mulled Spice Rice:
2 Bottles of Red Wine
1 Orange and 1 Apple sliced in rounds
1/2 tsp Ground All Spice
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
For my little pumpkin’s first birthday this past weekend, we decided to have a small party with only close friends and family. I know Andrew will never remember and I know the party is really only for me, which I am totally fine with. I called it “I survived the first year party” and it included good food, great desserts, and even mulled wine! Nothing says fall to me like a bowl of chili with a slice of cornbread so decided to have a chili bar. With the help of my mom, we had three kinds of chili: classic five bean chili, turkey pumpkin, and chorizo chili. We used a roaster that had a three tray divider to keep the chili nice and warm. I baked potatoes in a slower cooker for anyone who wanted to put their chili on one. There were also two kinds of homemade corn muffins: regular and jalapeno and cheddar cheese. To finish the chili bar there was tasty toppings: shredded cheese, red and white onions, and sour cream. I had hot apple cider, peach tea, and mulled spice wine for the drinks.
The food was amazing and the main benefit of having a chili bar was everything was able to be made/prepped well in advance. The roasters and slow cookers kept everything perfectly warm so there was no rush or stress. I was able to have a cup of mulled wine and be able to enjoy the time celebrating me surviving the first year!
These amazing little cupcakes were packed with a lot of flavor! I made them for everyone at Andrew’s first birthday party.
The cake flavor was spice (actually made from a box) were perfect with some homemade cream cheese pumpkin spice frosting. I used the same frosting on Andrew’s Pumpkin smash cake minus the pumpkin spice since I wasn’t sure if he would like it. I even had the cute pumpkin cupcake liners for years, just waiting for the perfect event!
They were so cute with the cake and everyone thought they were delicious too!
I can’t believe this adorable first birthday smash cake is for my little Andrew! It feels like just last month I was making the cake for my baby shower. Since my little man is a fall baby and is my favorite season I thought it would be super cute to have his first birthday party be a little pumpkin theme. I will go over the menu and budget in a future post, but for now, let’s talk about his fun smash cake! Since I bake and decorate a lot of cakes Andrew is no stranger to the sweet treat. So, sorry no “healthy” birthday cake for him. Is there really such a thing as a healthy birthday cake anyways? Not only do they look gross, but they also don’t sound all that great either. It’s their birthday give them a real cake and I’m not talking about pre-mix over food colored sweetened frosting you find at a grocery store bakery either. Andrew’s cake was a simple vanilla cake with my delicious cream cheese frosting. I baked the cake in my dome cake molds to create the round pumpkin shape. I then colored the cream cheese frosting with all natural yellow and red food coloring that I found on Amazon. I filled the two domes with frosting and took a little off the top and bottom to make the ball shape look more like a pumpkin. I knew I wanted the cake to create a mess so I didn’t cover it with fondant, but instead covered the entire outside of the pumpkin. I created the groves of the pumpkin by using a frosting spatula to make lines in the frosting. I topped the cake with a stem out of brown fondant that I didn’t blend completely to create the look of a real stem. I finished the cake off with a few green leaves and vines. It’s the perfect birthday cake for my little pumpkin!
For months I’ve looked for the perfect pumpkin onesie for Andrew’s first birthday. I know I am picky and not normally cheap when it comes to the perfect outfit. I just couldn’t find one and could get it by the time I needed it.
So I did what I also do, I make it. I pulled out one of his white onesie and my trust iron transfer paper and got to work. After searching online for a while I found a “one” that I liked and put it into a word document. I ended up printing it in three different sizes since I wasn’t sure what one would work best on the onesie. I also planned on using the other two for another project. Next, I cut out the image, cutting off as much of the blank area I could before ironing onto the onesie.
The onesie came out cuter than I hoped and was the perfect thing for him to wear as he dug into his smash cake!
I loved how this photo collage turned out for Andrew’s first birthday party. However, it was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be! Why? Because it was so hard picking on only 12 pictures of this little cutie!
After going through all of the months of pictures I narrowed it down to 16, Jack couldn’t help me narrow it down anymore either so I chose to just print out all 16. I bought the little string of lights at Michael’s along with the project board. I taped the lights in place in a zig-zag pattern all over the board then started adding pictures. I actually liked having a choice with the extra pictures because some of the pictures looked dark, too similar, or too crowded next to each other. That ultimately helped me narrow it down to the 12!
The photo collage came out great and such a fun way to display his first year!
I created this blog to share my creations with hopes that it will inspire others to show their creative side.