I know you have all been patiently waiting for Part II in planning the perfect Winter ONEderland First Birthday Party! So here it is!
There are so many great options for a menu when having a winter themed party. When looking for different winter party menu choices there were two things I knew I wanted: comfort food and small portions. I started searching for the perfect first birthday party menu that could be easily made at home with limited stress.
As people arrived, I had several appetizers available on the main table as well as throughout the house in small chip bowls. Here is what I served as starters:
- Mini quiche
- Chips and salsa
- Antipasta: cheese, crackers, olives, pepperoni and salami
- Shrimp cocktail with cocktail sauce
- Mini pretzels with beer cheese dip
- Artichoke dip with crackers (can also be served with bread cubes)
- Pretzels and goldfish were also put out for the kids
I decided that I did not want to do a huge second course as I wanted to stick with the small portions theme. About 1-1.5 hours into the party, I put out additional eating options that everyone really enjoyed. They included:
- Tomato soup shooters with grilled cheese croutons
- Mini hot dogs with mini hot dog buns
- Pulled pork sliders
Dessert is always the most anticipated part of a birthday party! I wanted to make sure I did something unique and memorable. I kept with the small portions theme as I did not do a large cake. Here are some of what we served:
- Mini pumpkin pies
- Nutter butter snowman cookies
- Cupcakes (hot chocolate and triple vanilla)
- Fruit Salad
- Oatmeal and pumpkin cookies
A great addition to the dessert buffet was the Hot Chocolate Bar! I made hot chocolate which was self-serve out of a coffee urn. I provided numerous toppings and add-ons so everyone could make their own unique cup of hot chocolate. This included:
- Peppermint, regular and french vanilla marshmallows
- Candy canes
- Pirohoutte cookies
- Milk chocolate, white chocolate and peanut butter chips
- Various creamers
- Whip cream
- For the adults: Bailey’s and Kahlua
My favorite part of the entire party was the first birthday cake and cupcake tower which would not have been possible if it wasn’t for my father. When I was in the beginning stages of planning the perfect first birthday party, my father insisted that I buy the cake I really wanted. Since it was above my price range, he offered to pay for it. Every month, he would say, “Did you order the cake yet?” Even though it was only September, he was so excited for Trevor to have the best birthday cake ever.
Sadly, exactly one month before Trevor’s party, my father passed away. I was determined to make him proud by ordering the perfect cake. Although he never made it to the party, I am sure he loved the cake I helped design. My father was honored in the cake by the small Yankees symbol that can be seen on the belly of one of the penguins. It was the perfect cake for a very special day!
The hot chocolate cup at the top of the cake was specially made for Trevor because he is allergic to milk. The bottom round was chocolate with peanut butter icing. Both were covered with fondant. Everything was amazing!!
I think Trevor really enjoyed it!