For those of you who may not be aware of it, we have a 2 year old in the house. This momentous occasion happened last week, and over the weekend we had a party. I call him a little monster at times and thought it would make a fun birthday theme.
Such a sweet little monster.
Pretty sure that’s a fitting term for most 2 year olds!
Since he needs to eat wheat free, I wasn’t sure what to do about a cake. I’m good at keeping wheat out of his normal meals and all that, but hadn’t ever attempted a gluten free cake. I decided a birthday party was NOT the time to attempt a wheat free cake from scratch.
I found a gluten free brownie mix and decided to roll with it. Literally! 🙂 I baked the brownies, crumbled them, added icing and made cake pops!
I did bake one little brownie cupcake that we could put candles in.
Cake baking and decorating isn’t one of my strong suits, and I wasn’t altogether sure the cake pops would even turn out, but they did. I thought them super fun and cute. Only downfall is that they were horribly sweet! One was more than enough.
I was glad that I made the cupcake for Kolton because I scraped the icing off after he had a bite or two. As it was, the kid was so hyped up from even that amount of sugar (and excitement over his gifts) that we couldn’t get him to sleep until close to midnight!
Since his birthday was on Wednesday, and the party on Sunday, we decided to let him open one present on his actual birthday. A super-cute book called Nibbles!
Now for a photo overload of birthday fun!
I bought a floral arrangement ball and cut it in half to use as the base for the cake pops. I iced it and splattered blue and green food coloring all over it. Then used leftover blue and purple icing to finish it.
Birthday parties around here so far have been fun and informal. And small. The kid doesn’t need tons of toys, and our house is small, so that’s what works for us. As the boys get older, I’m sure things will change though.
Oddly enough, no coaching was needed to help him blow out his candles. Apparently he’s watched his papa start a fire in the grill too many times! He took one look as the lit candles, said “Fire! Hot!” and started blowing! (Jason uses a wood grill and blows on the flames to make them grow.)
It took nearly 6 attempts before he let us keep them lit long enough to sing happy birthday. 🙂
It doesn’t take long for kids to know what to do with gifts and cards. This child was no exception!
I found this little car at a garage sale for $5 and jumped on it! This is his look of disbelief when he say it under the tarp. He peeked under and then his head popped out “Car?!” it was quite cute!
And finally, just for fun… The dog wanted the baloons from the moment he saw me filling them. So I let him have one. Boy did he have fun! Until it popped that is, now he won’t even look at them. 😀