Our Little Monster’s 1st Birthday

I can’t believe our baby Henry is already a year old plus a couple of months because this post is very delayed (more on that later).  Since day one we called him our little monster so what better theme for a 1st birthday than monsters!

I made him a homemade vanilla cake with buttercream frosting for his smash cake.  It didn’t quite come out the way I was expecting (Pinterest fail!), but he didn’t seem to mind.  Note to first time parents, don’t worry so much about that smash cake, it means more to you than them.  If only I had known this before my meltdown when it didn’t turn out right.  Of course, I was more excited about it than he was but he did enjoy for a few minutes :).

For food, I kept it simple for a 1 year old’s party…pizza (his favorite food), calzones and salad.  This also meant that I didn’t have to cook!  But the dessert table is where I spent most of my efforts with the monster theme.

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The cake was ordered from a local bakery and we used the image from the invitation.  I had so many ideas for a cake, but really didn’t want to spend $100 for 1st birthday cake.  It ended up coming out great and we only spent about $30.  We also had “1” cookies, chocolate covered Oreos and chocolate dipped Rice Krispie treats.  Of course everything had the candy eyes, which I bought at Michael’s, to make them look like monsters.

Henry loved his party and it was his last hurrah before his baby brother arrived!  And that is why this post is soooo delayed.

Oreo Truffles

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I have made these Oreo truffles several times, but this is the first time I put them on a stick.  I thought I would make them a little fancier for the Baptism.  They are super easy and so addicting 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Oreo cookies (I like to use Double Stuff)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate or white chocolate (this time I used candy melts in white and blue)

Directions

Using a food processor, finely crush the Oreos.  If you don’t have a food processor you can put the Oreos in a Zip Lock bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.  Add the cream cheese to the crushed Oreos and combine.  Form into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Insert the lollipop sticks (optional) and place them in the freezer for 15 min.

In the meantime, melt the chocolate and/or white chocolate.  Dip the Oreo truffles into the chocolate.  This was not as easy as it sounds.  I have done this countless times wtih no problems with regular chocolate and white chocolate, but this was the first time I used the candy melts.  A few in to the dipping process I learned that twirling the oreo balls in the chocolate worked better than dipping. They didn’t come out as pretty as I would have like, but they still tasted delicous and no one seemed to care that they didn’t look quite like the perfect ones on Pinterest!  How do they do that??  You can decorate with additional Oreo crumbs, a chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, or whatever you choose!  Now try not to eat them before your company arrives 🙂

Baptism BBQ

We recently celebrated king Henry’s baptism.  It was a special day for our little guy, but I wanted to keep it casual.  After the baptism ceremony our family came back to our house for a BBQ.

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The theme was simple white and baby blue, inspired by the invitations we chose from Minted (sample below).

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I didn’t do much in terms of decorating since the party was outside.  Simple baby blue tablecloths, a blue hydrangea and white hyacinth centerpiece and a blue and white styled dessert table brought the theme to life.

For the menu, I kept it to the standard BBQ menu.  This is a tried and true menu for a summer BBQ.

Starter

Avocado and corn salad served with tortilla and pita chips

Main

Burgers

Hot dogs

Steak tips

Chicken cutlets

Sides

Orzo caprese salad

Potato salad

Spinach & strawberry salad

Dessert

Fruit salad

Assortment of cookies

Rice Krispie treats

Oreo truffles

Cake

Oh Henry! chocolate bars (my favorite touch to the party)

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I will be sharing a few recipes from the menu over the next few weeks. The party was a success and of course we were left with so many left overs!