After six years of successfully avoiding anything character themed, I finally had to put aside my own preferences and give one of my kids what they wanted–a Disney Cars themed birthday party. Oh the horror. 😀
Elias has become increasingly obsessed with the Cars movies, books and of course alllllll the toys that come along with them. So it wasn’t a huge surprise this year when he said he wanted a Lightening McQueen birthday party. I tried (but not too hard) to talk him out of it, but his mind could not be changed. So I decided this would be the least cringy character party anyone has ever seen and I have to say I actually liked the way everything turned out!
(How cute is this birthday boy?!)
Here are a few more pics from the day. We had a lot of fun playing with friends, opening gifts and of course eating cake!
Sooooo excited for his gifts. 🙂
To see previous birthdays, click on one of the links below!
Another year, another party and this one seemed like it came around fast! Avery turned the big SIX and her chosen theme was mermaid! Luckily the weather was great so we were able to have fun outside and inside–here are a few pics of the big day!
The birthday girl. 🙂
The kids…serious and silly!
Of course the cake table! I went pretty basic this year with stuff that didn’t have to be made…we had Pirate’s Gold (Rolos), Saltwater Taffy, Fish Food (Goldfish pretzels) and Clamshell Cookies (vanilla wafers with buttercream and a sixlet for the “pearl”). I was super happy with how it all turned out!
Birthday girl again!
Here are the links for all Avery’s parties thus far. Enjoy!
I’m currently sitting at home typing this blog post as fast and furious as I can before my kids wake up from their naps. That’s right I said kids…as in plural, as in I now have more than one! Our little boy was born at home a little over a week ago on Sunday, May 17th and it’s been non-stop crazy since then. But in a good way of course. 🙂
So since I’m pressed for time I’m sharing a super simple, completely decadent buttercream frosting recipe with you today! I had initially planned on blogging about the whole scrumptious cake you see above but to be honest I was a tad disappointed with how the yellow cake turned out. Heavy, dense and slightly dry…bummer. I still think this is the best Yellow Cake recipe I’ve found to date so I’m sticking with that one as my go-to for now. The Nutella buttercream however was a whole different story. Not only was it good, it was GOOD. Forget putting it on the cake, I about made myself sick eating it with a spoon. But it was so, so worth it. Try it on homemade Yellow Cake, sandwiched between Chocolate Chip Cookies or even spread over Sugar Cookie Bars.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and Crisco together on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder on low speed until combined. Slowly add the heavy whipping cream and vanilla and beat until smooth. Beat in Nutella until frosting is well combined and smooth. Use on cupcakes, cake, cookies or eat with a spoon.
Makes enough for a round, 9-inch three-layer cake or 48 cupcakes.
I have been looking forward to my daughter’s first birthday party since the day she was born. And let me tell you…I spent WAY too much money and time on it! Hah! But I can also say it was totally worth it. 🙂 I LOVE planning dessert tables so Avery’s party was my excuse to go ALL. OUT. But first…a theme. Omg the freaking theme. I cannot tell you how many Pinterest boards and Google pages I searched for the PERFECT theme. Ya know, the one that someone hadn’t already done 50,000 times. Yeah…not finding it. Barbie, Paris, owls, hearts, rainbows, ladybugs, cupcakes…done, done and SO done. I was really wanting something unique but in the end I settled on Sprinkles and Confetti! Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti. I figured it would be cute and fairly simple.
Ok, would have been simple if I hadn’t made it super complicated. I’m talented like that. In the end we had somewhere around 100 confetti filled balloons, seven different sprinkle coated desserts and one very happy birthday girl!
We had so much stuff dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles…Oreos, strawberry wafers, pretzel rods, strawberries, donut hole “cake” pops. And of course we had gumballs, homemade marshmallows and a gorgeous cake with a balloon on the top! It was fun seeing everyone enjoy all the treats but especially fun to see Avery eat her first homemade marshmallow! She loved it. 🙂
She also loved her second smash cake. Think she might have preferred the bad-for-you version a little bit more than my healthy one. Hah!
It was the best birthday party and even though I went totally overboard and she won’t remember one single thing, I’ll treasure it forever and obviously show her all the pictures from her fabulous party! 😉
I’m loving aprons right now and I think I might buy each and every one of these if I could afford to! If you have anyone in your life that loves to bake, think about getting them one of these for Christmas or their birthday. Such a perfect gift for a baker! Check out the other aprons on these sites too–so pretty!