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Since I couldn’t convince Amanda to plan Libbie’s party for me–although she did offer some great suggestions–I had to do it myself. (Truly, you’d want her to do yours, too! Check out the Snowflake Party, Snow White Party, and Asa’s “Ace” Party!)
Because Libbie’s birthday is October 27, I decided an “Our Little Pumpkin” theme would be cute and simple. I am sorry, but I was not about to hire a unicorn and have a bouncy house for a first birthday. A) I don’t have that kind of budget and B) We’ll save that for when she can remember it!
The only other thing I was stuck on was I wanted to carve a “1” into a pumpkin and have it on the front porch. And I did–well, my dad did! It was adorable. And I didn’t take a picture of it! Argh. I got the idea from the comments on this post.
My mind usually goes to food first when planning anything. I knew there should be cake, of course. And pumpkin cookies, the “Vanderbilt” family recipe. For other foods, I decided on caramel apples and a veggie tray. I made the caramel apples from scratch with a recipe from Simply Recipes. They were NOT easy–especially considering I was really sick the night I was making them–but my mother-in-law declared the caramel a hundred times better than melting the store-bought caramels, so that made it worth it!
I also made the cake, which is a story in itself. I wanted to make Kate’s Ridiculously Good Chocolate Cake. And I did. But it wouldn’t come out of the pan it was so moist! I guess greasing with Pam was just not enough for that baby. It was SO good, but we had to eat it out of the pan, and that would not do for my baby’s first birthday!
But I had seen a picture of this pumpkin cake at Kraft Foods, so I decided to go that route instead. I just made a yellow cake from the Betty Crocker Big Red Cookbook, dyed it orange, frosted it orange, and then frosted an ice-cream cone green and stuck it in the middle. I just kept repeating to myself, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!”
For activities, I decided to have one table where guests could make a Libbie’s First Year scrapbook page. I had lots of fall papers, stickers, and such, and a stack of assorted pictures from the year. It was a hit among the ladies! I also had the mat of a frame where guests could write a blessing for Libbie. On the top, I wrote the verses from her dedication at church.
She definitely enjoyed the cake:
Libbie had fun, the guests had fun, and it didn’t drive me too insane, so I would count it as a success! Thanks, everyone, for coming!
Thanks for reading this monster post! Hope it will help give some ideas for other pumpkin/first birthdays!
Added to Show Us Your Life Friday at Kelly’s Korner.