AHOY! ‘A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor’ .. and what a sailor you are little man!
We don’t go too overboard (harr harr) with themes/decorations for the kids birthdays, usually just a dessert table and some decorations on the main dining table. It works because they’re too young to have their own friends so they just hang out with ours, which means we all fit nicely in our dining room for a BBQ lunch
Anyway, when coming up with themes and ideas for his birthday this year, I considered animals (I’ve always thought of him as our little monkey), nautical, airplanes, and hot air balloons. Not really sure why the last two, probably because of the really amazing vintage inspired airplane/hot air balloon parties on pinterest. I ended up going with a nautical theme for a number of reasons, 1. the invitations are really cute…
and 2. because I had this idea to use Little Letter Lights on the table as our key decor piece. A stupid reason I know haha! But the more I thought about it the more perfect the theme was. Oliver has been through so much shit this past year, and every single time he has showed us all up proving how incredibly tough he is. He has navigated every obstacle that has been thrown his way and we couldn’t be prouder of him! Sometimes it’s hard to focus on the positives of having a sick baby (I know what you’re thinking – how can there be ANY positives?!) but one thing is that all these hurdles he is facing now will only make him stronger. I need to keep telling myself that so that when the time comes that Oliver is old enough to understand, he will know that too.
After I had a theme, my next big decision was what cake we would get. Usually we get Addison’s cakes from Chloe at Chloe Kerr Cakes, and I had always planned on doing the same for Oliver, but when we found out he had all these allergies a few months ago I decided to give it a go myself. It turns out cake without eggs, milk or butter actually a thing.. called Depression cakes. Idiot me didn’t realise they could also be called something else… like vegan… haha. Pinterest searching was made infinitely easier once I typed in Vegan cake! But even then there wasn’t a lot of birthday cake options, so a friend got in touch and passed on a chocolate vegan cake recipe from a chef at a restaurant she works at in Sydney. Despite never hearing of half the ingredients before, it turned out to be actually pretty easy and just as delicious (if not more so!) than the standard cake I made for everyone else to enjoy. The ‘butter’cream was also super easy to make, I will probably keep it as my go to recipe now.
Addison had to be there every step of the way, helping to open all of Oliver’s presents the poor kid haha. Looking back on the photos I took, Oliver has a serious case of second child syndrome… there were barely 20 photos of him opening presents, cuddles with guests, playing with his cousins. But I did get about 500 of him eating his cake – that was the highlight of the day!