"HOW quickly the TIME has COME!
Our little snow man just turned ONE!"
On Wednesday we celebrated our little man's 1st birthday! Originally I had planned to invite all our extended family to this party, but since we had just had a big "Sound of Music themed" birthday party a few days before for his big sister, and since my mom and brother left for a golf tournament in Georgia on Wednesday, we decided to keep this first birthday party to just our immediate family. It ended up being for the best since I came down with a bad cold. Thankfully I had wrapped his gifts and picked up a few decorations ahead of time, and on Tuesday afternoon I had made a couple of little birthday banners. I made the kids Snowman Pancakes for Breakfast and somehow managed to decorate the cake, but that was going to be it, until my older boys stepped in to take over the rest of the snacks for our little party! They did a great job and everything look so cute... and, of course, I still took plenty of pictures!
.: A WINTER ONEDERLAND :.
.: BIRTHDAY TREATS :.
I love how a few themed foods really add to the party atmosphere!
with Snowmen, Gingerbread Men and Snowball Marshmallows
Lindt Chocolate Snowmen
Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Snowflakes
Ice Cubes (Inspiration found here)
Oreo Snowman made by Captain
white chocolate covered Oreos with mini M&M's mini Chocolate Chips
and an Orange Sprinkle for the nose
Olive Penguins (Inspiration found here) made by Captain
Snow Globe Sandwiches (Inspiration found here) made by Captain & Rascal
Blizzardy Pasta with White Béchamel sauce
and Baby Carrots (Snowman Noses!)
.: THE BIRTHDAY BOY :.
.: SNOWMAN CAKE :.
When I ran across the cute Snowman Cake made by Bird On A Cake, I knew I wanted to try it for this birthday party.
Mine didn't turn out as cute as I had envisioned, partially because I was in a hurry and didn't spend much time making the snowmen, and added all the details first before filling them in with white candy, instead of adding them after. (I used various sizes of this snowman, piping the melted candy onto parchment paper - 1st the hat, scarf, and details, followed by the white bodies. Once they had hardened I peeled them off and put the flat/back side facing out around the cake.)
Still, I thought it did turn out cute and added to our Winter ONEderland Theme!
.: ONE CANDLE :.
Bud loved his cake, though he couldn't figure out how to blow out that candle...
He had plenty of help!
He loved his cake... So much he even licked the plate! Silly boy!
.: BIRTHDAY GIFTS :.
I wrapped up lots of little gifts for the birthday boy to open...
The first was the darling stackable snowman from his Godparents, who also sent him the adorable penguin hat! After that it was all we could do to take away the new "hammer" and get him to open another gift! Yep, the snowman was a HIT! ;)
Next he opened his Wheely Bug... A new little "Bull" for this little Texas cowboy of ours to ride!
After that he opened his own little nativity set. Rose kept getting upset each time she set it up for him and he'd take it apart, placing all the figures into the stable!
Since he loves our various stacking blocks, I also found him these adorable wooden tree puzzle blocks and some little woodland animals. (Yes, that gift was more for me than for him, but he still liked it!)
Happy 1st Birthday!