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Henry's First Birthday

Henry is one year old - WOW! It has been an exciting year watching him grow and explore the world. 
Henry surveys his first birthday party.
A one year birthday deserves a celebration! We spent a fun, whirlwind afternoon with family and friends at the MetroParks STAR Center
Henry and his grandparents.
Henry with his aunts, uncles and cousins.

Henry and friends.

But this is a food blog, so let's talk about the food! Since the party was after lunch, I kept the menu simple with just a few snack items. There was a fresh fruit tray with apple, pineapple, strawberries and blueberries accompanied by vanilla Greek yogurt. I also made hummus to go with the fresh vegetable tray that included cucumber, carrot, bell pepper and broccoli.
Fresh fruits and veggies are colorful party fare.
 We had a flavored water bar inspired by Life on the Mom List.
Guests added fresh oranges, lemons, limes and mint to their drinks.
And of course, there was cake! Henry's Aunt Melody made tasty no sugar carrot cupcakes. The orange frosting on Henry's cupcake was sweetened with maple syrup (from Cynthia Lair's cookbook "Feeding the Whole Family"). The white cupcakes had a traditional cream cheese frosting.
Carrot cupcakes with two kinds of frosting.
In keeping with the nautical theme, Henry's Grandma made a special sailboat bib and his Nana made a highchair banner of nautical flags that spelled out his name.
Singing Happy Birthday.
Henry was very excited to get the cupcake. Once it was in front of him though he wasn't too sure about the sticky frosting. The cake won him over but after a few tastes, a large portion rolled down his lap and onto the floor. He finished up the remainder and then was ready to play.
Henry enjoys his cupcake.
Henry also passed his 12 month check-up at the pediatrician with flying colors. Here are the official stats: 
  • weight - 21 pounds 12 ounces 
  • height - 28 3/4 inches


  1. Great party. We have party in mart and also inspiration will be sea.
    Happy b Henry

    1. Thanks. It was really fun to plan his birthday. Good luck with your upcoming party.

  2. I love that you had such a unique and fun birthday theme

    1. Thanks Joy. The nautical theme just fit our family, since we all love being on the water. We are avid canoeists, but we'd really like to learn how to sail too.


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