My baby boy is a year old today. I can’t believe he is already a toddler. His Ocean-Themed party was on Saturday. It was such an amazing day. We had friends and family over to celebrate.
For Evan’s birthday board, I bought a canvas and sprayed it with two coats of chalkboard paint (Krylon Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Black). I bought two packs of chalk markers (Uchida Chalk Marker Set) and used the red, blue, green, yellow, pink, and white markers. Using Microsoft Word, I wrote out the words and set them to the fonts I wanted. I also added feet, yogurt, automobile, and apple clipart. There are many free fonts available. The fonts used for the board included Appleberry, Hiccups, Frenchy, KG Skinny Latte, Pea Two Peas and Their Pod, Delius, Milano LET, Impervious, Sketch Block, Vaguely Repulsive, Milk and Cereal, Eraser, and Auburn. I printed off the fonts and clip art on thin (need to be able to see the letters on the other side) computer paper, cut, and arranged them on the board to make sure everything fit the way I wanted. I had to adjust the font size on a couple of words and reprint to get them to fit. I colored in the letters on the opposite side of the paper (not the side with the ink) with the markers. I laid the paper in the desired spot, marker side down, and colored in the font with a pencil. This transferred a thin layer of chalk marker onto the board. I filled in the layer with the marker and repeated with the rest of the letters and images. The birthday board took me about 3 days to finish, but I loved the end result. If you mess up a section, it is easy to redo by erasing the area with a wet cloth.
My mom made the cakes. She did such a great job!
Evan’s Smash Cake!
The food table! The party was at 3 in the afternoon, so I made heavy appetizers.
I served Cheddar, Pretzel, and Parmesan Goldfish in sand buckets. I found the sand bucket idea from Amanda Pair. We live in Florida, so it was great to buy something to serve the food that we can also use with Evan this summer at the beach. The shovels were perfect for serving utensils.
I made an easy two-ingredient Nutella Yogurt Dip to go with the fruit (strawberry, Cara Cara orange, pineapple, cantaloupe, grape) platter. I paired the vegetable (cucumber, carrot, celery, bell pepper, broccoli, grape tomatoes) with a Spinach Parmesan Dip. I labelled it as Seaweed Dip to go with the Under the Sea theme.
I made Peanut Butter and Jelly(fish) Sandwiches and used cookie cutters (Fox Run Marine Life Cookie Cutter Set and Fox Run Aloha Cookie Cutter Sets) to cut the sandwiches into Ocean-themed shapes. Definitely use thin layers of peanut butter and jelly here. My first two were too thick and turned into a huge mess.
I bought Ocean-shaped pasta from World Market while I was visiting my mom. I used it for this Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Pasta. It was simple, but so good. It was my favorite of the leftovers after the party.
I used scrapbook paper to make Evan’s banner. The only issue I had was not thinking when printing out the letters. The blue was so dark that I had a difficult time seeing the lines to cut it out. Next time I will definitely use a lighter color outline for the letters.
I used this beverage dispenser for the lemonade: CreativeWare 3-Gallon Triton Beverage Dispenser. It has an infuser that I filled with frozen strawberries.
Evan was not really a fan of the cake. He tried a couple of bites, but definitely didn’t get into it. I don’t think he liked the frosting touching his fingers. I tried again when there were no people around and still nothing.
The two of us. Happy First Birthday Evan!