Kara's Cupcake 1st Birthday Party

This past weekend was Kara's cupcake themed birthday party. I had alot of fun gathering ideas for the theme but didn't find as much as I did for Nick's airplane or train parties. Cupcakes wasn't as easy to work with but I liked the idea for the first birthday.  The planning part is fun and then when it comes down to it, I want someone else to do it all.  I realized that I am not good at making cupcakes, overbaked them, never did a trial run and they were about a 2 out of 10.   I made two cupcake cakes and expected them to be kind of huge but they were pretty tiny and not to logical for cutting and serving. All in all, it turned out to be a fun day and Kara was adorable and had a blast and that is all that matters!

Here are some of the pictures.

month by month pictures

birthday sign

up close

Kara helping me bake on Friday

made 5 batches, 2 were tossed

cupcake cookie favors

happy girl pre-party

cupcake spread

Kara's cake
Kara had a peanut butter cake with peanut butter/yogurt icing. PB and yogurt are two of her favorite things. While Nick took a bite out of his cake last year, Kara took little pieces - very ladylike.
This was the other cupcake cake that people ate.

The room/decor

favor labels



decorations and first year collage

more decorations

family photo
I took some of the recipes from the cupcake project website but just forgot to turn on the timer (!!!) and failed at mini cupcakes because they were overcooked! Kara's cake was a version of Peanut Butter Fluff Donuts that I saw on Heather's blog. I thought they turned out good.  The cookies were sugar cookies with 10x icing. On Friday I was on a sugar high because I was taste testing everything and I felt GROSS!!  For food we had "hoagies" and chips, panzanella salad, fruit salad, veggies and dip and chips and salsa. It was a nice small crowd!


  1. Everything (and everyone) looked adorable. You did a wonderful job with the party. I love all the little details.

  2. And where is Kara's skirt from? I love it!

  3. The cookies look great! I tried making a cupcake cake using the pan from Wilton but it didn't turn out well at all!

  4. Everything looks great! I love your little cupcake cookies.

  5. really cute party! you did a great job.

  6. You make me feel like a bad mom. I ordered some pizzas and got a banner from Party City for Brookes 1st. Ryans will prob be the same ;)

    Looks like a great spread. I wish I had a cupcake right now ...

  7. What a neat idea for a party! I love it and her little outfit is so cute!

  8. SO cute!!! I love your partys!! You should be a party planner! Hope little kara had a great day!

  9. You do such an amazing job with the parties. Want to come plan zach's third birthday?

  10. Jeez, has it really been a year? How did that happen?! Happy birthday to Kara!

  11. Love the pics and the cupcakes and favors are adorable!

  12. Wow! What a party! Love the cupcake biccies! And I was proud of myself for writing Happy Birthday on a cake! Little Kara looks so beautiful. Glad you had a good day.