Baylor’s first birthday bash with recipes and MORE!

 I had such a hard time coming up with a simple theme or idea for little B’s first birthday!
I knew I didn’t want anything TOO extreme yet I wanted something fun and memorable!
I stumbled upon the blog I’M TOPSY TURVY and found this amazing idea {HERE} !
I knew the second I saw it that it was EXACTLY what I wanted to do!!!!
 I had so much fun recreating this party and adding my own little touches.
OH, and the most important part, 
finding the RECIPES and coming up with my own recipes for all the goodness!
 The circle garland you saw above was so simple, quick and easy. 
I was planning on having a few hang behind the table but ran out of time between all the baking and such.
I knew I wanted some kind of extra touch for the table but I didn’t want to spend a lot AND I didn’t want it to take FOREVER!
All I did was,
1. Went to the paint section in the store and grabbed around 50 different paint sample color sheets.
2. Grabbed a circle hole punch and went to town!
3. With some string and tape I placed 2 circles together with the string in the middle. Creating a garland look!
{I placed the circles about an inch apart}
 I took some smash cake pictures a couple days before, edited them a bit and ordered them online.
I have to say I was really annoyed with how they turned out!
They didn’t look anything like how I edited them previously!
I didn’t have time to reorder so I just went with it.
I guess that’s what I get for ordering through 1 hour prints at Walmart, FOR THE LOVE!
After I picked up my toobrightoveredited photos, I grabbed my 6 panel window pane and Mod Podged the pictures to the back.
DISCLAIMER: when you Mod Podge to glass it doesn’t dry.
Jeff had to use his drywall tools to scrap the excess glue off the front of the photo!
 You can still see the glue a tad bit but I am pretending that it gives it a ‘rustic’ look!
 NOW for the GOODNESS!!!
 My dear friend Missy made the cake and cake pops for the party!
If you live in the Southeastern Idaho area have her do your cake!!!
She is very talented and has great prices!

After making all these treats I wanted to do something simple for the cookies so I used the Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie pack, 
added the ingredients they asked for then added 2 cups of funfetti cake batter and an extra 1/4 cup of butter!
I baked them per the directions on the back of the sugar cookie pack!
 Melt your chocolate on parchment paper,
drizzle with sprinkles,
place in fridge for 30 minutes,
break apart while cold!
  •  4 Tbsp butter
  • 6 cup marshmallows
  • 1 cup dry cake mix (I used funfetti)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cup krispies
  • Rainbow sprinkles


1. Pour your rice krispies and sprinkles in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Melt butter on low heat then add marshmellows and continue to stir on low heat until they are mostly melted.
3. Fold in vanilla and take off heat.
4. Immediately pour over rice krispies and fold together.
5. Place in a buttered cake pan and with lightly buttered fingers press down to level out the top.
6. Place in fridge for 30 minutes. 
7. Cut into squares and dip into melted chocolate.
{I used chocolate chips that I melted in the microwave for 30 second increments.}
After dipping quickly sprinkle more sprinkles over your chocolate!
 ADAPTED FROM: The Teenage Taste 

For cookies:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) room-temperature, salted butter
  • 1 large egg
For filling:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) room-temperature, salted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup yellow cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Line a medium baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.
  3. Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 8 minutes.
  4. To make the cream filling, beat butter and sugar together then add cake mix, vanilla, sprinkles, and milk if needed. Add food coloring at the end if desired. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.
  5. To assemble the cookies, simply frost one side and place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie.
  6. Then roll your cookies in sprinkles to achieve the look seen in the picture above!
Depending on size of cookie, recipe will yield 12-24
{mine were larger so it only yielded 12}
We were all obsessed with the deliciousness!

It was a great day and I can’t believe my little boy is one!!
Thank you to all the family and friends that came to celebrate with us! 
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