Dylan’s First Birthday

I absolutely love parties. A fun fact about me is I’ve always wanted to be an event planner since I was a teenager. I never pursued it, so when it’s time for my kid’s first birthdays I have a lot of fun. First birthdays are big in our family and I’m always excited to use my imagination and make it into reality.

My youngest son lights up when I sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. That’s one of the reasons I chose this theme. I added some golds and a hint of pink to create a softer look. I made almost everything myself, so if I can do it, you can too! It just takes a bit of time, but crafting is my favorite stress reliever. I hope my baby’s party (yes, he’s still my baby), gives you some inspiration!


Cake 
I love simple cakes. Not just because they create a cleaner look, but because its cheaper! I have yet to venture off into making cakes. Since I’m frugal especially when it comes parties,  I chose to buy a  buttercream cake instead of fondant. Maybe someday I’ll venture off into cake making, but not anytime soon! I made the cake topper with my silhouette and a good friend designed the fondant stars. Voila! This was a lot cheaper than the fondant cakes I was looking at. In my humble opinion, it’s just as pretty!

Centerpieces

I have to admit these flowers were time-consuming to make, but they were not difficult. I was able to find some ombre pink tissue paper, and ombre blue tissue paper to add some dimension to my flowers. I found the blue at my local craft store. If you can’t find ombre, you can definitely inter change lighter blues with darker blues. If I were you though, you may want to opt for the ready-made ombre color to save you time. After making your 20th rose, you maybe asking yourself why did I start this. But look.. it’s so worth it! It’s also so much cheaper than real flowers too! Just message me if you’d like for me to do a video on how to make it. But there are plenty on youtube.

I changed up some of the centerpieces to included painted mason jars and glittered painted jars. I added these twinkle lights to create the right ambiance. They’re perfect because its battery operated and turns on with a flick of a switch.

Table Setting

For the table setting, I found some square plates  online. I also added a rustic touch to the table by using wooden utensils instead of plastic.  I couldn’t find the exact plates, but the ones I listed above are the same or similar.

Chocolate Star Favors

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me make these. It’s so super easy! All you need is a mold, some lollipop sticks, and some chocolate. You can also use candy melts if you can’t find the merkens. The candy melts or chocolate melt great in the microwave. I then used a spoon to pour the chocolate into the mold. Freeze for 15-20 minutes and you’re all done!

#1 Sign

This #1 is made out of card board box. I made a number one shape and then glued and taped it three dimensionally. I then added weight to the bottom of the number one by using rice in ziplock bags. After sealing it, I then wrapped the shape in tulle. To tie it in to the theme, I wrapped the number one with the star lights!

Food 

We did cater from an outside restaurant, but I wanted to make sure everyone had something to choose from including picky toddlers! I made these super easy star and cloud shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

All I did was use these cookie cutters. Star and Cloud. The best part about it you can always reuse them to make lunches for your kids!

 

In case you are wondering the wonderful photography is from my friend Dawnley.

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Hidden Veggie Egg Salad

Veggies. These fiber rich foods are oh so good for you, but oh so hard to get your kids to eat it. At least that’s what I gather from the dozens of messages I get from all of you. If you’ve followed my blog or social media you’ll see I try to offer my kids veggies at every meal.  I came up with this hidden veggie egg salad recipe while trying to fulfill this goal. It was one of those days where I knew we would be home late for lunch and I had to prepare something quickly. I boiled some eggs in the morning with the plan of making egg salad. Then, as expected when I got home, had not much time before nap time. I looked in the refrigerator, combined a few things and voilà, almost all the food groups in one bite.

Tip: You can also just steam some cauliflower and smash it, or cook some rice cauliflower with a little olive oil.

Hidden Veggie Egg Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, boiled
  • 1 tbs. mayonnaise
  • 1 tbs. avocado
  • 1-2 tsp. riced cauliflower, steamed
  • Paprika to taste
  • Bread
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Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mash the boiled egg
  2. Add mayo, avocado, cauliflower and mix
  3. Sprinkle paprika and combine
  4. Top on bread and serve with chips and fruit
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P.S. If you have a super picky toddler with texture issues, you can cut the cauliflower amount to 1/2 tsp., but honestly you can’t hardly taste it! You can also just use avocado only, that in itself has much more nutrients than just mayonnaise.

Asian Glazed Salmon

Frozen to the dinner table in less than 30 minutes! That’s my kind of dinner. This Asian glazed salmon is perfect for busy days and last minute meals. Pair it with some steamed veggies and brown rice and it’s a perfect meal. The slightly sweet and salty flavor makes it also appealing for kids. If your family likes the teriyaki,  you must give this dish a try. Put it this way, if you can mix a cup of coffee, you can definitely mix this easy marinade!

P.S. For the perfect salmon, I would highly suggest buying a meat thermometer. The recipe says 15-20 minutes, but the best gauge is its internal temperature, since ovens vary.

Asian Glazed Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup
  • 2 tbs. butter, melted
  • 4 frozen salmon filets, wildcaught

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 400F
  2. In a bowl, mix soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, maple syrup, and butter
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and place frozen salmon filets
  4. Brush each filet with olive oil on both sides, place back skin side down on prepared sheet
  5. Pour soy sauce mixture over salmon
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature is 145F
  7. Pair with steamed vegetables and brown rice for a perfect meal
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Buttered Bananas

Every now and then memories come up from my childhood. I often think about what foods I ate growing up, especially when I’m trying to figure out what to fix for my kids.  I grew up eating pan fried butter bananas.  Whether it was for breakfast or a snack, it was such a treat! It tastes incredible, but the one I remember is packed with sugar. I made our traditional family recipe healthier and baby friendly. It has no refined sugar, but is still tasty. Plus, all you need is 3 ingredients!

 

Buttered Bananas

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (ripe, but not overripe)
  • 2 tbs. butter (melted)
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp. peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Cut bananas, or split in half
  2. In a bowl, mix melted butter, cinammon,and nutmeg.
  3. Combine bananas with butter mixture
  4. In a nonstick pan, cook bananas under low-medium heat until brown
  5. Brown on both sides
  6. Serve plain, on yogurt, or on waffles or pancakes
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P.S. I added peanut butter for added protein, but you’re more than welcome to omit. You can also use maple syrup instead of honey (for the waffles) if your child is under one