Instead, we let her destroy a cake (something I wanted pictures of) and Skyped with family in other parts of the country.
Over the past twelve months, E has developed a lot socially (as would be expected). She enjoys playing with other kids, talks about wanting to play with her friends and is a big fan of birthday cake (her daycare provider makes cupcakes for each child's birthday). In fact, "birthday cake" is synonymous with anything birthday related (birthday cards, birthday parties, presents, etc.). So, we decided to throw E a 2nd birthday party.
I wanted to keep the party low key, so we invited friends with kids around the same age to join us for snacks and cake at a splash pad. I spent some time looking on Pinterest for ideas for toddler birthday parties (note to self: do not look at Pinterest for inspiration when planning a low key party).
I decided to make chocolate cupcakes (E loves chocolate) with sprinkles. She was very eager to help. At one point, before starting to bake, E starting crying about wanting "bacon", so I put my recipe search on hold to make us some eggs and bacon for dinner. I later realized, after she finished dinner and still wanted "bacon" that she was actually saying she wanted "baking".
Sure, it was messy, including when I spilled a bowlful of ingredients on the ground (and E said, "Oh...that's too bad" -- not sure where she picked that up from) and when E turned the mixed on full blast on the liquid ingredients (still finding random chocolate splatters to this day). But, it was fun.
Chocolate Lovers Cake
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup boiling water
2/3 cups buttermilk or sour milk
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup g
We had the party at a the splash park, which is great because it's free and doesn't require cleaning up my home (before and after the party). Now, almost two months later, E is just understanding that every birthday is not a party for her birthday.