1 year ago, my husband and I were BLESSED with a cute little baby boy.

Since his arrival, our life has changed for the better with so much JOY and HAPPINESS.

I don't even have proper words to describe this AMAZING journey so far.

My little man turned 1 a few days ago and we threw him the BEST birthday party ever!

The INSPIRATION came from his Baby Einstein Caterpillar toys.

Those were the FIRST toys he ENJOYED playing with and they are still the only toys he likes to play with...hehe. 

Once we had a theme in mind, I got started with the party invites. 

I was SOOO happy with how they turned out. CUTE and COLORFUL... 

Making these was quite the learning experience...

I figured out how to use many Photoshop tools that I had never bothered using before...lol.

Since I was already making those invites, I used the same design to make cupcake toppers, party favor labels as well as labels of all the desserts that would go in the DESSERT SHELF.

Yes! Along with a massive caterpillar cake, I also prepared a dessert shelf with all sorts of GOODIES! Laughing

Next, it was time to come up with a MENU. 

This was super CHALLENGING coz this birthday party was ALSO going to be a dinner party.

So, I had to prepare a cake, multiple dessert items and a proper dinner. YIKES!!!!

Let's just say that by the end of this party, I was EXHAUSTEDDDDD!

But, everyone loved the food and that made me happy Smile

By the time I was done decorating that GINORMOUS birthday cake and preparing everything else for the party...I didn't have time to do a proper photo shoot of the cake Frown

But to give you an idea... this cake was HUGE!

Probably as big as my son...hahah. The dimensions were about 33 inches by 22 inches! Surprised

My dear husband was nice enough to take a few pictures quickly before guests started arriving Smile

However, the next day...I made my little prince a small SMASH cake...

This cake was a MINI REPLICA of his big caterpillar birthday cake... Ain't it just darling? 

And this time, we did a photo shoot...

I think my son was more MESMERIZED by the darn candle than the actual cake...hahaha.

After I got rid of the candle, however, he dug into that cake and made the biggest MESS ever

It was so much FUN seeing him truly enjoy himself Laughing

After the party, I had some LEFTOVER stuff from the dessert shelf. So, I took pictures of those.

Prepare to DROOL like never before...lol.

These chocolate barks with candies, sprinkles, cashews and pecans were SINFUL!!!!! 

A party won't be complete without PRETZELS... right?

Chocolate dipped pretzels to be exact...

These are definitely a CLASSIC.

Sweet, salty, crispy....Mmmmmm

Since I ADORE sugar cookies, I made some small, colorful sugar cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkles.

I thought they looked ADORABLE!

My son is currently obsessed with these...heheh. He likes to scratch those sprinkles off the cookies...lol.

My dear husband requested I make these molasses crinkle cookies. They are his FAVORITE!

The recipe is very similar to Swedish ginger cookies BUT with a few minor changes... NO ginger and more spices! Laughing

They almost look the same too... sparkly, sugary and crinkly!

UPDATE (Apr/18/2013): I have posted the recipe for these molasses crinkle cookies. You can check it out HERE.

Every kiddie party needs CANDIES.

I filled a jar with colorful candies for everyone to enjoy...

By the way, that blue candy tastes AWFUL! You have been warned! Wink

My cousins went CRAZY for these chocolate puddings...lol. 

Surprisingly, my son really liked these too.

Needless to say, after all that chocolate and sugar, he was super HYPER and didn't sleep till wayyyyyyy after midnight...hahah. 

Most people put candles on birthday cakes to blow out. But, I thought that was RUINING the look of the cake. 

So, I placed 5 chocolate and vanilla cupcakes near the cake and inserted a candle into each cupcake.

The colors of the candles and cupcakes CORRESPONDED to the colors of the Baby Einstein caterpillar.

Pretty neat...Eh? Tongue out

I finally made a successful batch of RED colored frosting. Thanks Gill (from Jillybean Cake Couture).

She gave me her directions and they worked like a charm. 

By the way, this STRAWBERRY frosting was "finger lickin good"...I can't wait to share the recipe soon Wink

UPDATE (Apr/24/2013): I have posted the recipe for this strawberry frosting with a full tutorial. You can check it out HERE.

Speaking of frostings, this yellow MANGO frosting was apparently a HUGE hit among all the guests! 

This is another recipe I will be sharing soon...

Oh man! I have sooooo many recipes I am dying to share with all of you Smile

It's surprising how something as simple as cupcake toppers, colorful frostings and colorful liners can take your cupcakes from ORDINARY to EXTRAORDINARY!

Don't you agree? Tongue out

We weren't sure what to give as PARTY FAVORS because most of our family and friends don't have little kids.

So, giving toys made NO sense.

We made little goodie bags for the FEW kids that came.

But otherwise, everyone got a nicely packaged CUPCAKE! Laughing

I don't think hubby and I could have pulled off this party if it wasn't for ALL these LISTS!

We had lists for everything (Trust me... EVERYTHING!!!lol) pasted on the fridge...

Yes... we are both obsessed with lists Tongue out

It helps us MICRO-MANAGE everything...lol.

If you are planning a birthday party, here are a few tips: 

- Plan ahead! You never know what trouble you can encounter...

- Get organized. 

- Make lists for everything! Dinner, desserts, groceries, chores e.t.c.

- Know the exact number of guests that would be coming. That would help you figure out if a recipe needs to be doubled or tripled.

-Always have extra ingredients on hand. Halfway through decorating my cake, I ran out of green icing. I had to make another batch. Thankfully, I had all the ingredients on hand or else I would have had to make a trip to the grocery store and that would have been such a waste of time.

- Also, always have some extras for everything you have made (e.g. few extra cookies, few extra cupcakes e.t.c. You never know when an accident can occur...)

- Things like cookies, frostings and pretzels can be made a few days beforehand. So, don't leave those till the last minute. 

And finally... Expect the unexpected BUT don't forget to have fun! Laughing

Well, that's all for today. Take care my lovelies!


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