Birthday Chip Frapp

This post was sponsored in part by Social Spotters on behalf of Shamrock Farms, all opinions are my own. 

With Brando’s 1st birthday party quickly approaching I wanted to pick a theme that matched what he’s in love with. After a lot of deliberation we decided to have a “This Little Piggy” foodie themed birthday. So basically, we skip out on all the kitschy party decor, and go straight to what matters most: good food. While Brando won’t be partaking in this beverage, I wanted to create a non-alcholoic foodie friendly beverage for the party. This is an adults-only drink because of the amount of caffeine in it, but it’s so fun and festive for his birthday party.

Coffee drinks are my jamm, and I’ve literally only met like 3 adults in my life who didn’t LOVE a good coffee beverage, so this idea seemed perfect to match the foodie theme, and be a fun treat for our party people.

This recipe makes 4 drinks so adjust for the amount of party-goers if you’re preparing ahead of time.

What You’ll Need:

2 cups of ice 

1- 12 oz bottle of Shamrock Farms Cold Brew Coffee & Milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

How to make it: 

  1. Fill blender with 2 cups of ice.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender- save 1 tbsp rainbow sprinkles for garnish
  3. Pulse blender until ice is good and blended, then hit “smoothie” setting for 30 seconds.
  4. Pour into glass and top with leftover sprinkles.
  5. ENJOY!

This was such a delicious treat to kick start my mid-week slump, and it will be such a delicious treat for our baby boy’s party guests! Combining all of our favorite flavors (coffee, birthday cake, and chocolate) made for one spectacular concoction.

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Quick & Simple Birthday Cake Decorating.

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When I make someone a cake, for any occasion, I want to make sure it looks amazing. I know I’m not a professional baker, but I take pride in my food presentation. To celebrate my little sister’s 19th birthday this week, she only had one request: vanilla cake with vanilla icing. I wanted to make her something with a little more dazzle, so I decided jazz up the boring vanilla cake with some gorgeous and easy decorating skills.

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To start I just prepared 2 boxes of French Vanilla Cake mix in 4 8in’ circle pans according to the instructions on the box. After allowing the layers to cool in the refrigerator for 15-20 min, I laid down a thin coat of icing in between each layer and stacked the cakes, then I added a thin coat of frosting over the entire 4 layer cake. After the cake was frosted I set it in the freezer for 20 minutes to allow the cake & icing to harden in it’s stacked position.

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To prepare the sprinkles, I poured them out and spread them along evenly on a large baking sheet. Then, I took the cake out of the freezer, and rolled each side of it on the sprinkle coated baking sheet until all the sides were 100% covered in gorgeous rainbow sprinkles!

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Finally I set it on top of a lovely cake plate, and using a plastic sandwich bag filled with vanilla icing, I piped little circles along the top and bottom edges. I topped it all off with these adorable pom-poms I found at Target and that was it!

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This cake tasted amazing, only took about 1.5 hrs in total time out of my day, and best of all my little sister LOVED it! This is a great way to add something a little special to your next family gathering or celebration!

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Rainbow Sprinkles,

B

 

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Where the Wild Things are- Cash's 1st Birthday.

My sweet little baby boy turned 1 on Saturday! I can’t believe how much he’s grown and how big he gets everyday! Everyday he adds more joy to my life than I could ever imagine having. He’s carefree, wild, crazy, funny, curious and above all else the sweetest baby, which was why I felt a Where The Wild Things are themed party was the perfect concept to celebrate his first year of life! We hosted the party on a gorgeous November day outside under a Banyan Tree (the invitation said Willow, my tree-identifying lesson came at the party), it provided the perfect setting with it’s hanging branches and dangling vines!

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To decorate for the party we brought a lot of stuff we used to decorate Cash’s nursery to begin with. We used his navy Ikat printed canvas rug, which we were able to throw in the washer and dryer after the party so it was a hassle-free clean up from the cake smash! I brought his reading teepee from home, as well as a copy of Where The Wild Things Are so his younger guests could read the story to themselves if they wanted.

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We had fun playing with sidewalk chalk, even my older cousin got in on the creative play!

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For Cash and his fellow young guests, I set up a Make Your Own Wild Thing  puppet station, with pre-cut yellow eyes, googly-eyes stickers, brown paper lunch sacks, markers, and other pre-cut shapes of construction paper.

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Cash’s grandmother (James’ Mom Katie) made him the most adorable King Max costume, so Cash could really be King of All Wild Things!

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Cash was blessed with SO many presents! He wasn’t too into opening them, but he LOVED playing with them when Daddy and I got them all set up at home afterwards! Our playroom is SO full now!

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Publix did an awesome job on his birthday cake, and his smash cake was complimentary! I was awed by how they were able make the smash cake coordinate with the sheet cake!

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At the end of it all I can’t believe how much he’s grown, and how fortunate we are to be able to make memories like this one with Cash. I know he won’t remember this party, but it’s one that I will never forget. And every year that he gets older I will tell him how “I remember when you were just turning one and how much fun you had at your first party, and how you just wanted to eat dirt instead of cake.”!

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Stay Wild,

B

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