Best Kids Parties: Smash Cake Luncheon

My Party

Name: Rex (1)
Location: Chicago, IL

Rex's first birthday fell on a Friday and we decided to take that day off work and spend the day with him. Instead of a big birthday bash, we hosted an intimate cake smashing ceremony over lunch with whoever was able to join us on a weekday.

I didn't pick a specific theme but decorated with blue and green stripes and sewn together paper strips to create paper mobiles with a monthly photo attached to each of them to hang from the ceiling. After the party was over, we moved the mobiles to his nursery and he enjoyed pointing at them from his crib.

The sweets were homemade and color coordinated with the decorations. I made two little ombre smash cakes; the square one was a healthy banana cake sprinkled with his favorite puffs and blueberries and the round one was a "real cake" with light whipped cream frosting in case Rex didn't like the healthy cake. It turns out that he didn't want to eat either one of them but had fun with the smashing part. Cupcakes were dyed to match the rest of the party and accented with homemade fondant chips.

The food was mainly store bought since most of my energy went into baking and cake decorating. BBQ pull chicken sliders, tabbouleh salad, cole slaw, veggies with dip and mango lemonade were served.

It was an enjoyable low-key party that we got to spend with Rex and he was still able to make his nap that day!

Thanks Grace! Readers, find Grace at ZN Creative Arts.

(Images: Grace Wang-Bishop)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.