I continually find myself saying, “where did the time go?” As Jude’s second birthday is fast approaching without a theme in mind yet, I thought it would be fun to look back at his One in a Melon First Birthday. I was initially inspired by Pizzazzerie’s Two-tti Fruity Birthday Party! Check it out! So incredible!
In my family, food is often center stage for any party. So, determining the menu for Jude’s One in a Melon first birthday was top of mind. Everything needed to have a fruit theme, of course! We started the day off with breakfast waffles before the main event.
The Birthday Spread
Fruit Platter: This was the most straightforward. With a fruit theme, I had to have fruit and dip. I went with a rainbow spread of Jude’s favorite fruits — strawberries (red), peaches (orange), pineapple (yellow), kiwi (green), blueberries (blue), and red seedless grapes (purple). Because I was looking for healthyish options, I made the dip out of greek yogurt, peanut butter, and maple syrup.
Cheese Plate: So, this one may not immediately seem like it follows the fruit theme, but I got a little nerdy on this one. I picked up a variety of cheeses from Trader Joe’s and cut 6 wedges of each. I placed them on a yellow circle to give the appearance of a lemon wedge.
Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes: You may be asking yourself, how did she make these non-sugar? I didn’t. This was the one food item of the party Jude didn’t eat. Though, that certainly didn’t stop everyone else from eating them!
Salsa and Guacamole: In an effort to simplify, I picked up the guacamole and salsa from Harmon’s grocery store. I absolutely love Harmon’s guac and they tend to make a more mild salsa than mine.
The Melon First Birthday Smash Cake
If you follow first birthdays, you’ll know that smash cakes are wildly popular. If you aren’t familiar, the name says it all — it’s a personalized cake meant for baby to “smash” with their hands, face, you name it. The goal is to dig in! I knew I’d have to give this one more thought because we weren’t introducing (large amounts of) sugar until Jude was slightly older. I took to Pinterest to see what other parents had done before me. It turns out that not too many people had attempted the non-traditional smash cake. While there were several options, I landed on making a watermelon first birthday “cake” because Jude adores anything fruit. I created 2 circle watermelon layers and created a whipping cream frosting out of heavy whipping cream and a little maple syrup.
Jude devoured his cake!
With his 2nd birthday fast approaching, I need to start planning. What foodie party ideas do you have?