We all know Chap is the happiest baby on the planet and what better way to celebrate than with a smiley emoji party!?!
Here was the inspiration! One afternoon, the fam was out fishing (or attempting to, rather) and I snapped this picture of him. I did a double take of the image, slapped a happy emoji on it and voila. The idea was birthed. Too easy, huh??!
Honestly, I committed to the theme and was super excited. Yellow and black, lots of smiley faces, a simple dinner with family, easy peasy.
Then, as I started to shop for invites, then got a bit panicky. They either had emoji poop all over them or were just super cheesy. I was hoping for something a bit classier than poop – and not something that looked like an emoji video game.
I probably looked way, way, way too hard for this, but in the end, I was so glad I did! I stumbled across the cutest little happy invite and you could even pick a backing for it! Absolutely perfect!!
Now that I had that ordered, I hopped on Oriental Trading Company’s site and grabbed all things yellow, black and smiley!!!
The black and white “table cloth” is actually a photo backdrop that I snagged from Oriental Trading and repurposed. It came with three “sheets” to hang for a photo booth, but I used two on the tables and have one more left! Perfect! The yellow cups, napkins, silverware, keychains, sunglasses and mini beach balls all were from Oriental Trading Company too.
Some of the smiley plates and the balloons and the sunflowers I grabbed last minute from the grocery store!
Chap has not been the best eater on the planet (i.e. he doesn’t chew or gum anything and I panic about him choking) and so I knew I wouldn’t do a smash cake. Maybe we will celebrate 18 months if he actually eats real food by then!!! 😉
With my hubs being gluten free, I took the opportunity to make a gluten free emoji cookie cake for the party! SO simple and super cute – and a cake or cupcakes would be easy too.
Lots of people ask about making the cake designs. Here are my tips::
1. KISS – Keep It Simple Sweetie (or Keep It Simple Stupid!) I am no professional and so fancy, complicated designs, I cannot do!!
2. When you do your cake art or design, first draw it out with a toothpick. On the emoji cake, I did the base with the yellow icing and then took a toothpick to “sketch” the eyes and mouth. If I messed up, I just fixed it with the yellow icing and redrew! Once I had the design, I used the black and white icing to fill in.
3. Lastly, and perhaps the simplest idea, use props!! Basic designs with a few extra props on them, really make things fun and allow you to make the cakes look festive, with out being a professional or spending a fortune! Think outside of the box on this! Really, this is my favorite way to make the cake!
As for the party, we just did BBQ and had our family over! Of course, the kids expected birthday games, so I pulled out our trusty “Pie In The Face Showdown” game. We love it cause we get to watch people get pie-d and the kids love it because they get to lick whipped cream off of their face.
We did give Chap his own version of a smash cake – with just a pile of whipped cream. He seemed to enjoy it and the plate. 🙂
Thanks to Oriental Trading Company for our fun emoji stuff and for helping me to pull off the perfect theme for our smiley one year old! Can’t believe my baby is one!!! Time for another!?
#JUSTKIDDING #passingonthattorch 😉