Last week my little man turned one! I was far more excited about it than he was. Obviously.
Despite his lack of interest in getting older I still wanted to make the day special. So we spent the morning playing together, and having his 12-month photo shoot:
When Boo went down for his nap, that’s when I got busy decorating!
I’d seen Sesame Street pom poms on Pinterest previously, and decided they’d be a great low-cost, but high impact, decoration that I could re-use in Boo Boo’s room after his birthday. A week or so before the big day I bought tissue paper at the dollar store and made each pom pom using 5 sheets, cut in half (making each pom 10 sheets thick – so nice and full). I already knew how to make poms from my wedding, so this was a cinch. There are tutorials everywhere for poms. I won’t bore you with another one.
I had plenty of card stock and construction paper in my craft stash for the faces, which I mostly drew free-hand (except for the eyes…I think I traced a stacking cup for those). Once everything was cut out, I used double-sided tape to adhere the faces to the poms.
Here’s a close-up of each character (I’m quite proud of them!):
When Boo woke up, we explored the house and its new birthday decor:
After enjoying the decorations, we went for a walk to the park. I’d intended for Boo to have a ride on the swings…..only they were already gone!! Completely completely gone! (It wasn’t just a matter of the swings being taken down for the winter – the whole swingset was dismantled and gone…they’ve been working on improvements to our local park, so I can only hope new (and better) ones will be put up next spring.)
When the husband got home from work, he was probably more swept up in the idea of Boo’s birthday than Boo! So we opened up a present right away – Big Hugs Elmo:
After playing with Elmo, Boo Boo’s Grandma and Grandpa came over for dinner…..and this is where I suddenly don’t have very many pictures, as I got busy giving Boo his dinner, eating dinner, trying to entice Boo to open his presents (and then basically opening them for him).
I did, however, take pictures of my cake!!!
After debating and torturing myself over what Sesame Street character to make – I decided to make two cakes. A Cookie Monster cake to celebrate with Boo Boo’s Grandma and Grandpa, and an Elmo cake to celebrate with his Nana and Gramps (still to come – the Elmo cake currently resides in my freezer – I have a sneaking suspicion it is neon red).
I tackled it in two parts….one night I made the cake and then put it in the freezer. The next night was reserved for the icing….and what a LONG night that was. I haven’t decorated a cake in years. No joke. I think I was still living with my parents in my childhood home. So this was an experience. Luckily, I have a Michael’s about 5 minutes away so I was able to purchase all of the supplies I needed, including some ready-made black icing.
The cake itself was a simple yellow cake, and the icing buttercream (with LOTS of colouring!). I used the recipes from this post by Kelly Luna, minus the cookies and cookie dough. It turned out amazing! So so delicious. So much so, that my mother-in-law (whom I’d been warned might not be too keen on blue icing) had a second piece! Wow!
I’d love to tell you that Boo Boo went crazy for the cake and dived right in….but nope. He kinda poked at it a little. I put a small piece into his mouth and he seemed interested in the new taste….but overall, he didn’t seem too impressed :(
Maybe he’ll be more into cake number two (he is very attracted to red, so here’s hoping the Elmo cake proves more enticing)!0