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We’re a family that loves to eat. So, with planning our daughter's first birthday, I naturally gravitated towards a food themed party. Candy shop, carnival, summer picnic... there were so many options.
During the summer, we tend to go to a lot of farmers markets. You can get homemade pies, cookies, tamales, pierogis, fresh squeezed lemonade, artisan bread and bags of veggies and fruit all in one place. So, a farmer's market birthday party seemed like a perfect choice.
A couple days before the party, I made apple butter using 6 lbs of gala apples, sugar, cinnamon, lemon and vanilla. You just peel, core and chop the apples. Add all the ingredients to a crock pot and cook on low for 12 hours. I puree everything with my immersion blender - and voila! I bought mini mason jars and ordered fabric on Etsy. Super easy and a useful and yummy favor. It also made the house smell really good. =D
I love making dessert tables but I honestly didn't want to stress and make labor intensive treats + my mom has a tendency of over ordering and making waaaay too much food when we throw parties so I decided to stick to 3 simple summer desserts:
- mini key lime pies + extras as favors
- mini banana cream pies + extras as favors
- mini strawberry shortcakes
Then, for me, the most fun part about party planning is figuring out all the little details. So I also made:
- Oreo truffles (shaped like eggs)
- Muddy buddies (wrapped like corn in their husk)
- Goldfish crackers (wrapped like carrots)
As usual, the dessert table was set up in Kelsey's room.
I also set up a favors table where I displayed larger boxed pies and apple butter. We can't forget the kiddo so their treat pint consisted of seaweed, juice box, honey stick, speculoos crackers, hazelnut chocolate, jelly beans + erasers and lip gloss shaped like food and mini desserts or crayons. I made my future cousin-in-law a spring fling cake for her bridal shower the night before so with the leftover batter and frosting, I made Kelsey a smash cake.
I saw super cute high chair banners on Etsy but didn’t want to spend $30 so I made my own (for less than $8) using different kinds of ribbons I bought at Michaels. Kelsey’s aunties made super pretty bouquets using dollar store vases, burlap ribbon and sunflowers from Trader Joe’s.
I think it turned out pretty well. =)