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We had our youngest daughter’s first birthday this past weekend. So I haven’t been up to my usual kitchen shenanigans. However, we did have some gorgeous cupcakes and a smash cake yesterday! The theme was mermaid party with a pretty in pink flair. I was going to go full out mermaid, but decided to add in pink elements for a sweet touch. As my husband can testify, I have a tendency to go overboard on my girl’s birthdays…but I feel like it was a good mix of not too much pomp and circumstance, and the right amount of fun!
The Smash Cake
The smash cake was adorable! This is where I really started to lean towards the pretty in pink theme. I had been envisioning a pink ombre rosette cake for quite a while. My oldest daughter had a purple rosette smash cake on her first birthday, so that is why I had the pink and rosette theme going on in my brain! I had lots of fun decorating this lovely little cake, and was quite pleased with the outcome!
The cupcakes turned out fantastic! I was actually a little worried about the colors…I think I just had too many ideas floating around my head! But they colors turned out perfect, very water like! I made big rosettes on top of the cupcakes to tie in the rosettes on the smash cake. The little shells I made of white chocolate and pearl dust.
The snacks I kept super basic. We had a bucket of “fish and chips” goldfish and kettle chips for all the salt lovers in the family. We also had a big bowl of watermelon for snacks outside. Since it was an early afternoon party, we didn’t need to have tons of snacks out…just a little something to munch! Plus beverages keep cool in the girls’ water table.
For the entertainment, we were outside and it was hot! In keeping with the mermaid party theme, we had the little baby pool lagoon out, crazy caterpillar sprinkler, and a bubble machine. Seriously, if you love bubbles (this should be everyone) you NEED a bubble machine!! I just bought a super cheap, $10 one from target and its the best $10 I have spent, ever! Lots of bubbles and you don’t have to blow them! The kids all seemed to have a good time, we had a mix of older cousins, friends, and toddlers. Oh and lots of shade for the adults…I was torn between sitting in front of the bubble machine hogging all the bubbles “for my daughter” and sitting in the shade. I am guessing that is my “I don’t want to admit to being old yet” side!
All in all, the party was a huge success! Note to self-clean the house the day or two before, not the morning of…makes for a really tiring day! If you want to see the My little Pony party my oldest had for her two year old party this year, you can find the details here. I will get back to recipes this week, but for now maybe try out an acai bowl to celebrate the olympics in Rio, or some blueberry danish pancakes just because pancakes are always a great idea!