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The Baby’s First Birthday, Recipe Round-up, and Fruit Wands!

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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.

birthday party

first birthday ideas

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.

sparkling wine birthday

We also had to have some good food, too.

cheese plate

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).

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These are my Caprese skewers with balsamic reduction. It’s summer on a stick, not to mention gorgeous, and ridiculously easy.

caprese skewers

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.

babys first birthday

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.

teriyaki meatballs

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.

(If you want an easy and fun variation on these rainbow skewers, check out my Tropical Princess Wands with balled melon or my Fourth of July Fruit Wands).

first birthday party

Yield: varies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Rainbow Wands

Who says healthy isn't fun? Move over sugary snacks; hello, beautiful fruit!


red fruit (I used a clamshell of strawberries, but raspberries and/or watermelon would be great!)

orange fruit (I used cantaloupe, but little clementine/mandarin segments would be nice, too. Or mango)

yellow fruit (pre-cut pineapple chunks in the deli for the win)

green fruit (grapes, kiwi, green apples with peel showing)

blue fruit (blueberries)

purple fruit (blackberries or red grapes)

a few starfruit as needed (I got about 8 star slices from each star fruit)


1. Using long wooden skewers, thread the rainbow colors on starting with purple and moving up to red. Top each skewer with a star fruit slice, if desired.

Lay out on a tray, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and keep in the fridge until you're ready to serve. My skewers kept well for several hours in the fridge.

Happy birthday, baby girl.twinkle twinkle little star


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