Monday, June 1, 2009

Eric's Birthday Party (Plus a FANTASTIC chocolate frosting recipe!)

My baby boy turned one on Friday! We celebrated his birthday on Saturday and it was so much fun that I had to share. Eric is the only boy in our group of friends and has spent his first year surrounded by girls. Because of this, Nathan came up with the great idea of having a "James Bond" party for Eric. We bought a tuxedo for Eric and all his girlfriends (plus his sister!) wore pretty dresses.

We had finger sandwiches (Cucumber, BLT, Tuna, and PB&J), veggies, cheese and crackers, and punch (Sherbet, 7-UP, and Hawaiian Punch). I also made chocolate cake with the BEST chocolate frosting ever. I got the recipe from Joy the Baker and LOVED it. (Recipe is at the bottom of post.) I also made tuxedo strawberries to top the cake. They were so cute and so delicious!

I have to thank my wonderful friend, Erica, for the pictures you see here. Also, thanks to Monica and Britteny for taking so many other great pics. Love you guys!

Hope you all enjoy the pictures!





The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Recipe from Joy the Baker
1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup Ovaltine

Cream together butter, cocoa powder and salt. Butter mixture will be very thick. Turn off the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add powdered sugar. Turn mixer on low and mix in powdered sugar while adding milk and vanilla extract. As the sugar incorporates, raise the speed of the mixer to beat the frosting. Beat until smooth. In a 2 cup measuring glass, stir together heavy cream and Ovaltine. Turn mixer speed to medium and pour cream mixture into frosting in a slow, steady stream, until you’ve reached your desired consistency. You may not need the full amount of Ovaltine and cream.

19 comments:

April said...

He is so cute!!!

Katrina said...

What a fun idea for a party! Love the tuxedo/strawberries. And I totally LOVE that you left the tie on your baby while he ate the cake. And goodness, KEYUTE baby!

pinkstripes said...

Happy Birthday to your son! It looks like it was a great party. Love the bow tie.

HoneyB said...

I love the cake with the tuxedo strawberries! It is awesome that Nathan was home for Eric's 1st birthday!

Looks like Eric enjoyed the frosting quite a bit! :o) Great photos!

Megan said...

I just want to eat him up! He is such a little doll! So handsome in his tuxedo, and it sure looks like he enjoyed his cake!

Ingrid said...

Aw, Cristine, he's such a cutie and sweet is he with just his bowtie on?

Glad to hear you guys had a wonderful time!
~ingrid

Coleen's Recipes said...

Oh my goodness, where do I start? The cake looks delicious (and I'm definitely trying the buttercream recipe) but the photos..I love that you left the babies tie on for his cake photos, how cute. That last photo of him is priceless!!! I also like the photo of the little girls all in their "baby formals" surrounding your little guy. Thanks for sharing the party photos...Happy Birthday little guy.

Risa said...

I love your party theme and those pictures are adorable! Happy Birthday to your little boy.

Katy ~ said...

My old self is just shaking with laughter and smiles at the pictures you've shared. It looks like it was a terrific first birthday party, with BOTH mom and dad there! I get such a kick out of the James Bond theme. I think I know a 61 year old who would love a similar party LOL!!!

Kristen, well done. Sweet sweet memories.

Bless you and your dear family. Happy birthday to Eric!

Pamela said...

Oh.My.Gosh! Your hubs is a genius! What an idea to have a 007 party for a 1 year old! The girls looked so pretty in their party dresses. But nothing beats your little man half naked with a bow tie!! Thanks for sharing!

teresa said...

What a great party! I love the spread, tuxedo, all of it! He's so cute!

Elyse said...

Now that looks like a bday boy who had a fabulous time with his cake! How precious. Yay for little James Bond. I love the bowtie with no clothes. Classic! And all the food looks fabulous. Can't wait to try out that frosting recipe!

SUGAR B said...

Eric is so cute . . . if you ever need a babysitter . . . you know who to call. ;)

Love the James Bond theme, too. Tuxedoed baby and strawberries, you can't beat that, folks.

Steph said...

You are so cool for letting your son enjoy his cake! My aunts all think their children can't eat anything..not fun at all..haha

~Carole said...

Your pictures are absolutely priceless. They bring back wonderful memories of my kids and their first birthdays, complete with icing smeared all over their faces.

J.Danger said...

What a fantastic theme! You always do so well. How adorable is he?! And I am so glad that your husband was home to enjoy it! So great!

Emily Rose said...

what a cute idea!! Your cake turned out beautifully and Eric is absolutely adorable- what a handsome little mini-Bond!

HanaĆ¢ said...

Happy belated birthday to Eric!!! What a cutie! And your tuxedo-strawberry topped cake looks beautiful. Great job!

Millers! said...

SO SO SO CUTE!!! I always love your birthday parties! Cant believe he is 1 already.. time sure flies! Happy Birthday Eric!

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