09 July 2011

Ole, Olive, Ole!

I have been planning Olive's first birthday party in my head since she was about six months old. I don't think I have ever been so excited for anyone's birthday before.  Planning kid parties is just fun. I decided a fiesta theme would be really fun to work with.
I am a little bit obsessed about Olive's margarita cupcakes.  I used a chocolate batter and squished mini milky way candy bars into the center prior to baking.  After cooling the cupcakes, I dipped them (twice) in [heated] cream cheese frosting.  After letting them dry for about five minutes, I rolled their edges in sprinkles.  I popped them into a cute paper liner, and added a lime wedge and drink umbrella right before serving.  They were reeeeeeeally tasty.

Kevin made sopapillas.  Guests stuffed them with homemade beans, guacamole and salsa--all made by Kevin!!  Yay for homemade guacamole.
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And as usual, I made sugar cookies. I tinted whipped cream to look like guacamole and made a fresh fruit salsa from kiwis and strawberries to look like little faux chips and salsa hors d'oeuvres.  I made some slight changes from this awesome idea by Sugarbelle!
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Olive loves horchata so we obviously had to make some. It turned out pretty yummy and it was easy and cheap to make!
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We decorated with some little cacti and let the guests take them home as favors.    
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Olive got to destroy a mini "chocolate decadence" cake from our favorite Italian market Mazzaro's.  It's a flourless cake that kind of looks like a slab of fudge.
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I would have loved to take more pictures but things were a little crazy!  Even before the party, I was running behind.  Hope you enjoyed these pictures!