I am starting to get ready for Jeremy's 4th birthday party that is coming up in a few weeks and it got me thinking about his first birthday party so I thought I would share it with you! It was a jungle safari theme.
Jeremy's smash cake
For the guests, we had one white cake, one yellow cake, and chocolate monkey cupcakes.
Here is a better view of the giraffe cakes.
For the design I printed out some coloring pages of the design I wanted, put a sheet of waxed paper over it and traced the design onto the waxed paper and then I laid the waxed paper on top of the cake and used a toothpick to poke the design onto the cake. I'm sure there is an easier way but it worked for me!
And a better view of the monkey cupcakes. You can find directions for these at Taste of Home.
Jeremy didn't like getting his hands sticky so we had to force him to touch his cake. Once he was already messy, he very reluctantly enjoyed the icing. :)
I found the tablecloths, inflatable decorations, and treat bags at Oriental Trading Company.
I am really excited about his fourth birthday since it will be the first real party he has had since his first birthday. When he turned two, we had just moved to a new state so it was low key and had the few people we knew at the time (which included only two kids). For his third birthday we were out of town for a month so we had a party with just the three of us and then took him to a local amusement park and let him go on rides all day. Both birthdays were fun but I am looking forward to giving him a big party now that he is old enough to really enjoy it and remember it.
The only problem is that he has decided he wants a Nightmare Before Christmas party. At first I thought it was awesome and that I had the coolest kid ever. Then I got to planning it and realized how difficult it is going to be to make it look like a kid's birthday party and not a Halloween party. I even asked him a couple of times if he wants a Curious George or Toy Story party but he is dead set on Jack the pumpkin king. This is going to be a challenge...