We all know that first birthday parties have more to do with the parents than the near toddler. We need to celebrate the fact that we made it through a year on almost no sleep; managed to take care of our babies with relatively few (major) mishaps; and proved to be an adequate parent while still holding down the fort (and possibly an outside job). First birthdays are all about the food, let’s face it. How much entertainment is really needed to thrill those babes in the pre-verbal-communication stage? That being said, we did have a baby art station, where the munchkins decorated some paper superhero babies.
But the desserts were the real winners of the night. I had decided that I needed to make some whoopie pies because they looked like a lot of fun to make. I used a recipe from the Food Network which required a little tweaking (adding 1/3 of a bag of chocolate chips was a must). This recipe wielded an ungodly number of whoopee pies. The recipe claims that it will be enough for 32 cakes (which is 16 whoopie pies). My batter was enough for 25-30 humongous pies – in the future, I will definitely make smaller cakes. And the filling was to.die.for delicious with a homemade-icing-and-marshmallow-concoction that left even me, without much of a sweet tooth, begging for more.
I also created cones from pages of a comic book to hold Pirate’s Booty. After punching holes in an old diaper box, I covered the box with a construction paper city scene, and set up the cone display.
My Nana’s butter cookie and frosting recipe was used to create the superhero cookies.
We gave away decoupaged picture frames (3 for $1.99 at IKEA), copies of Dave Pilkey’s Super Diaper Baby, and Superhero rubber ducks from Oriental Trading.
I’m not sure, but I think he liked the cake (family tradition is to get all birthday cakes from Weinrich Bakery – home of the world’s best butter cream icing).
And no superhero party is complete without an outfit change from Clark Kent to Superman – right?
Happy 1st birthday to my little superhero …