The Baby’s First Birthday, Recipe Round-up, and Fruit Wands!
Ohmyword, you guys. My little teeny tiny preemie just turned a year old. March was crazy busy with a ton of DIY projects around the house (including painting my bedroom a dark, rich turquoise and refinishing my kitchen cabinets), sick little kids, plus out of town company, but after such a hard year, we decided we needed to throw a celebration for little Corinne’s first birthday.
After finding stars on clearance at Hobby Lobby, I decided to go with a “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” theme with lots of pink. My mom and I made all the food (did I mention my oven broke the week of the party? Fun times, guys), my awesome friend Laura helped me hang crepe paper in the porch, and her husband snapped some seriously beautiful pics at the party. It was a ton of work, but I’m so happy we took the time to make a fuss over our sweet little one year old.
Since first birthdays are almost entirely for the parents, we had sparkling wine for our grown-up guests. It has been a looooong year, and some bubbly was well-deserved.
We also had to have some good food, too.
We had chilled shrimp with my mom’s homemade horseradish sauce, which isn’t spicy enough unless it makes you cry, and brie with dressed-up goat cheese (just roll it in dill – it’s mossy looking and delish).
These are my Caprese skewers with balsamic reduction. It’s summer on a stick, not to mention gorgeous, and ridiculously easy.
We had a “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” theme, so I made my vanilla bean sandwich cookies in star shapes. These cookies are always a big hit. Vanilla bean cookies with a light vanilla bean glaze filled with the jam of your choice.
Teriyaki meatballs with sausage and beef? I ate about 45 of them. It’s easy, make-ahead friendly, and will be the first dish to disappear. Promise.
But my favorite new kid-friendly “recipe” was for these cute little guys: Rainbow Wands. You could use any variety of fruits, so long as you cover most of the rainbow colors. To send it over the top, grab a star fruit and cover the point of the stick with it. Be careful with your star fruit on the car ride home from the store – they are ridiculously fragile. I learned this the hard way. Covered tightly with saran wrap, this dish kept really well in the fridge for a few hours before the party.
Happy birthday, baby girl.
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