I’m finally getting around to posting about Eva’s First birthday. Her party was over 2 weeks ago, but my husband has his birthday 5 days after hers. Needless to say we did a lot of celebrating and cake eating the past 2 weeks. Birthdays are special and while parties are great, it’s truly about the people who surround you. I feel so blessed to have our family and friends who show so much love for us. Her smile is everything and my heart is so full!
Since this is a food blog, its only fitting to highlight the food at the party. I have to say, that my hubby really out did himself and I couldn’t be prouder. Danny smoked a Brisket and Pork Shoulder, which both came out Amazing! The 2 day process paid off and he took his Kamado skills to a new level. He used a dry rub for the meat and let it marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
The following night he placed the meat in the Kamado, and let it smoke on low (225 degrees) for about 14 hours. There was over 20 lbs of meat in there, so it needed some time! Just look at that crust, perfection!
After the meat reached an internal temperature of 195 degrees, he covered it and placed it in a cooler to rest for a 3 hours. This is definitely a crucial step, otherwise all the juices will run out and your meat will be dry. At minimum let it rest for 1 hour. Once the meat had rested he thinly sliced the brisket and shredded the pork.
We had pretzel slider buns, BBQ sauce, Pickles, Coleslaw, and Creamed Corn. A true southern meal!
The second most import part of a party is dessert! I love to have some options for dessert and having mini size ones are perfect for guest to sample. My dear friend Dusty is an amazing baker and if you live in the Phoenix metro area, you need to have her make a cake for you. Follow her @hautecakeartist on Instagram or Facebook. Dusty made a very elegant and delicious Chocolate with cream cheese filling cake.
The decoration was exactly what I wanted, simple and elegant. She also made delicious mini Strawberry cupcakes that she decorated with pink frosting and gold glitter on top. Perfect for Eva’s Pink and Gold theme.
I also made shortbread bites from Cooking Classy. These were surprisingly easy to make and they store well, so I could make them a day ahead. For a party favor, I did chocolate dipped Oreo pops and pink sprinkles. After they dried I wrapped them in bags with cute little tags I found at Hobby Lobby. I also had some pink Hershey Kisses and fresh cut watermelon for a healthier option.
For Eva’s smash cake, I just made a box white cake, homemade whip cream, and her absolute favorite fruit, Raspberries on top. She was more interested in eating the raspberries than the cake!
Her name banner on the highchair was made by my friend Hayley, who also did the numbered monthly banner, and Eva’s fabulous Onesie. And she definitely is a ‘Wild’ child 🙂
The centerpieces are just dollar store vases that I spray painted gold glitter on the bottom and used white paper dollies underneath. My mom arranged beautiful Roses and Carnations in the vases.
Following Mexican tradition we had a Pink ‘1’ Pinata for all the kids to smash. Eva didn’t really know what was going on, so it was mainly for the older kids.
And finally we sang Happy Birthday and was able to get one family picture of the 4 of us. It’s a little blurry, but it’s perfect! I’m still in denial that my baby girl is growing so fast, but I’m so excited to see the amazing girl she’s growing up to be. Mommy, Daddy, and Brother Love you so much!0