We recently celebrated Baron’s 1st Birthday!!! Everyone always warns us how fast they grow up…. well I guess they were right! I can’t believe my baby is a year old.

Gabe and I decorated paper cups for the festivities.


In these festive cups we served…

Banana Orange smoothies

1 frozen banana

1 1/2 c. whole milk

1/3 c. frozen orange juice concentrate

2 c. ice

Blend in a blender until nice and smooth. Serve with a straw and paper umbrella.

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As a pastry chef it warms my heart to see my son thoroughly enjoying his very own chocolate cake.


Baron gives the camera a chocolate kiss.

For the game portion of the party I supplied each guest with an ample supply of play dough and pipe cleaners. They had the length of the party to create a monkey.

Here is the winner….(warning.. it’s PG-13)


This work of art was really a team effort by my brothers. One created the monkey while the other added the nice little yellow fountain (and no, my brothers aren’t 12 – in fact, they both have children of their own… scary :))

And for the adults… our very own monkey cake. Dark chocolate layers sandwiched between whipped ganache, fresh bananas and whipped cream. Mmmmm!!!


8 Responses to “Happy Birthday Monkey!!”

  1. Brilynn

    Those are the greatest pictures ever! I love that Baron’s just covered in chocolate, that’s the way it should be.

  2. gilly

    Wow what gorgeous photography… you’ve really captured the spirit of the party! Your son is absolutely adorable!

  3. Thea

    So enormously sad that I missed this, though Mitch and I had a good laugh over that picture of Baron with his hands up. Adorable!

  4. Sophie A.

    Your babies are absolutely adorable! Congrats on the birth of your new baby, he’s so beautiful! …almost makes me want to have one 😀 (my hubby’s about to start law school – that’s my main reason for waiting ;)!

  5. Jessica

    What kind of frosting did you use for your son’s monkey cake? My nephew’s turning one soon and I’m throwing him a monkey party and attempting to make a cake (I’m NO pastry chef :)). I’ve never seen frosting that looked so yummy!


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