Every birthday boy deserves a party, even if he doesn’t actually know what the heck is going on. Last Saturday, we celebrated Sam’s 1st birthday (as well as the fact that we’ve survived a whole year ourselves) with beautiful sunshine, friends and family, and lots and lots of deliciousness.
One of Sam’s favourite things (inevitable really, being a child of Sydney’s inner west – you either love it, or you hate your life because you just can’t avoid it) right now are planes. Not that he knows them as ‘planes’ per se, but mention the words fei ji or lentokone and he’ll look outside, searching for the big flying thing and he’ll watch them until they are but a mere speck in the sky, certainly far too small for my aging eyes to see.
And so, the theme for his party was planes!
The pièce de résistance was the amazing birthday cake made by my friend Janice. How friggin’ awesome is this:
A billion times awesome. (If you want her to make a cake for you too, let me know!)
I also made some vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting, a Hummingbird Bakery recipe. The frosting was food-coloured to within an inch of its life (because THEME COLOURS) so I’ll take the blame if anyone’s kid actually made red or blue poos the next day.
My friend Mel made delicious banana cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting, and Zera made her specialty crack brownies (no crack really, just crazy addictive). Of course, I also made my rocky road which is a party staple these days.
Sam had a taste of his cake. He approved.
We also had a ridiculous amount of savoury food catered from the venue, the Golden Barley Hotel. Their outdoor garden area is spacious and perfect for toddlers and babies to run (or crawl) around and the service was impeccable. Anything we needed was done with a smile, and the staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. They also provided a bunch of takeaway containers because you know, me: over-caterer extraordinaire.
|Vanilla cupcakes (recipe from Hummingbird Bakery)|
240g plain flour
280g castor sugar
3tsp baking power
a pinch of salt
80g unsalted butter at room temp
240ml whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
|Makes 18 cupcakes|