Sam’s Birthday Party

Sam’s birthday party.  It ended up being quite a bit of work and planning but turned out great!  Everyone seemed to have fun and there were no major catastrophes.  My grandparents came into town (from Florida) a week before the party and my parents came into town (also from Florida) a few days before.  Most of the food prep was done the day before the party by my mom and grandma.  For the food, we had pasta salad (this one), regular salad, fruit kabobs, veggies and dip and tabouli (courtesy of my in-laws), and burgers and hot dogs plus veggie burgers and vegan hot dogs for our vegan friends.

I didn’t take any pictures of the actual party at all!  My friend Gina took some and is going to send them over.  In the meantime… all I have are pictures of the desserts.

Sam was not into the cupcake we gave him at all.  People started singing happy birthday to him and he started crying hysterically and wouldn’t even try the cupcake.  Poor kid.  He relaxed after and played in the grass and then really got into opening the presents.  He now has TONS of toys. Tons.

We had lots of desserts.  I’m still eating the cupcakes (we froze the leftovers after the party).


My grandma came over a few days before the party and helped me make the chocolate chip cookies and the thumbprints and they went into the freezer until the party.  I made the sugar cookie star toppers a few days before the party too.  It was good practice to make a million little stars and decorate with royal icing.  I really want to get good at making decorated cookies.  The S cookies and the little tulips were made a few days before the party too.


The day right before the party, I made the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and left them unfrosted until the morning of the party.  I would have probably frosted them the day before too but we had no room in the fridge for them.  I made vanilla cream cheese frosting for the cupcakes which I loved.  It was a recipe from Glorious Treats.  Here’s a link to it.  Lastly, the brownies were a mix!   They were vegan and gluten-free because we had some vegan friends coming and some gluten intolerant friends and I didn’t want them to be dessert-less.  It’s a Trader Joe’s gluten free mix that is actually really good.  I replaced the egg with a flax egg (flaxseed meal + water) to make them vegan.20130803_111246


I made the little flags for the brownies out of toothpicks and washi tape.  I’m newly obsessed with washi tape.  It’s awesome.  I made little flags for the straws too.

I wish I had pictures to post of the actual party.  Sigh.  But here are a couple of Sam with some of his gifts.



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