Raise your hand if you feel a 1-year-old baby would make a better president than either of the two front runners. Well, that was our sentiment when we came up with our son’s 1st birthday theme. Of course, this was long before Evan McMullin entered the race. We strung streamers, made a big sign, blew up 100 red, white & blue balloons, created a photo booth with presidential masks. We even made campaign buttons. Did I capture any of that on camera? No. Did we have a blast? Absolutely! I also made my healthy smash cake for babies (though, to be honest, I switched out the healthy frosting for the real stuff this time).
S doesn’t have any friends his age. Lots of a friends a few years older, and a few some months younger, but no one-year-olds. Because there were so many kids coming I was worried they would be bored. I came up with all sorts of games for them to play. However, none of those games happened. Turns out little kids are very content with 100 or so balloons strewn all over the floor.
Everyone had a great time, and we all felt a great amount of satisfaction for putting together our first kid’s party which the guest of honor will never remember. But we’ll remember. And we have some pictures, so there’s that.
It took S a while to really dive into the cake (he had just awoken from a nap), so his good buddy was there to help him. Everyone’s gotta make sacrifices, right? Once he got down to the banana filling he was pretty happy.
In the weeks since, S has cut about 7 teeth all at once. It’s been rough. We’ve been tired. He’s been a pill. But looking back at these party pictures, I can’t believe a month has already passed. At this point it’s all going too fast.
I have the recipe for the smash cake reposted below. Pin this pic for when your bundle of joy needs something to destroy.
- • 4 or 5 ripe bananas
- • 3/4 cup organic cinnamon apple sauce
- • 1 teaspoon baking soda
- • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- • 2 egg whites, beaten
- • 1 cups (8 ounces) cream cheese
- • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) organic cinnamon apple sauce
- • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Mash the bananas in a medium bowl.
- In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.
- Add the mashed bananas, applesauce, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated.
- Spray four 6" round pans with non-stick cooking spray or coat with butter and flour.
- Spread the batter into the bottom of all the pans.
- Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
- Cool the cakes.
- Soften the cream cheese.
- Whisk the cream cheese with the apple sauce and vanilla extract until creamy.
- Add in between each layer 2 tbsp. of your cream cheese mixture.
- When all layers are stacked on top of each other, cover the cake with the remaining frosting and decorate as desired.