Milk and Cookies Birthday Party For Miss P

My sweet baby girl turned one this weekend. I still can’t believe a year has gone by since she made us parents. Her birthday was an absolute blast. I’m so grateful that my husband came home just in time for us to celebrate as a family. I had my eye on a milk and cookies birthday party for months, so when it was finally time to party, I was ready to go!

We took her to a baseball game on Saturday for her actual birthday, such a typical family event for us! On Sunday we celebrated with friends with a milk and cookies birthday party.  It was so fun to load up on tons of yummy sugary treats and just celebrate our girl turning ONE.

beauty milk and cookies party

I went with a milk and cookies birthday party theme because I wanted something that wouldn’t require a lot of work the day of. Since my husband was just returning from deployment I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to prepare right before the party so I wanted to be able to make most things ahead. With the cookies, I was able to do that. My mom was in town about a week prior to the party so she and I whipped up tons of cookie dough and froze it.

For a color scheme, I decided on pink and aqua. How fun is a pink and aqua party for a little girl? The colors were so fun to decorate with. They were so vibrant, making the party decorations really stand out.

milk and cookies

The details were so fun. I made MILK label tags for the milk bottles and attached pretty striped straws to the bottles with washi tape. I made glitter dipped mason jar vases and filled some mason jars with circus animal cookies. I also filled a cookie jar with birthday cake Oreos (my personal favorite). For favors, I made Oreo pops, with tags that said “It was so SWEET of you to celebrate with us!” And of course, no party is complete without cake or cupcakes. And no milk and cookies birthday party is complete with cookies and cream cupcakes, so I made chocolate cupcakes with cookies and cream icing. They were DELISH!

Pink and Aqua birthday

The smash cake was probably my favorite part and it was certainly the centerpiece of the entire table.

I DIYed the cake plate for her smash cake by spray painting a thrifted candle stick holder, and gluing a plastic dollar store plate to the top.

For the cake topper, I simply took two paper straws and made a washi tape bunting.

milk station making home base

For the milk part of the milk and cookies birthday party, I set up a little milk station with milk bottles and a tub full of ice to keep the milk ice cold. Of course, we had chocolate and strawberry syrup on hand for the option of chocolate or strawberry milk. Mmm….

making home base milk and cookies

To match the chalkboard invitation I made a chalkboard full of information about the birthday girl including all of her favorite things.

Oh and the most important part about a milk and cookies birthday party has to be the cookie spread, which was amazing! We had snicker doodles, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, and m & m cookies. For fun, we had some treat bags for our guests to take some sugary goodness home with them!

pink and aqua first birthday

Although, we did a smash cake a few weeks ago, she still went at her cake like it was the first time! This time, I was too busy enjoying watching her to get photos, so I’m so glad we did that smash cake photo shoot.

We had a wonderful time and I’m certain the birthday girl loved it.  If I can have a party like this one every year, I suppose I won’t mind my little one growing so fast.

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Supplies: milk bottles, striped straws, treat bags

Party details: Cookies and Cream Frosting

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Snickerdoodle Cookies with a Valentine’s Day Twist

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. I had planned on posting another Valentine’s Day craft today but after all the love you guys gave me over my Valentine’s Day Candy Bark I thought you wouldn’t mind another tasty dessert recipe. This time it’s my Snickerdoodle Cookies with a Valentine’s Day Twist. My husband absolute favorite cookies are snickerdoodles. He loves them. He also loves when I make them to for him to bring to work. I think he likes to show off. If there is ever a night when I ask him what dessert he want he will always say these cookies. I like them too, but personally, I’m a chocolate chip kinda girl.

Since they are his absolute favorite, I made a few batches last week to add to his Valentine’s Day care package. Since I was going with a Valentine’s Day theme I wanted to spruce up these yummy treats with a festive look. I did that by adding in some pink sprinkles to the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bam. Valentine’s Day cookies! So easy, and so festive. I think these would be really great for homemade Valentine’s too. Okay, on to the recipe…

Making Home Base Snicker doodles V Day

Ingredients:

For cookie batter:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

For cinnamon sugar coating:

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp pink sprinkles

 Directions:

In a mixing bowl beat butter until smooth (about 3o seconds). Add the 1 cup of sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in flour in 1/2 cup increments. Cover and let chill for about one hour or until the dough is easy to handle.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine the 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of sprinkles. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in sugar/sprinkle mixture until completed coated. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until edges are golden. (Watch them carefully they bake up fast!) Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Source: Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

Making Home Base V Day Snicker doodle cookies

I tasted them before shipping them off – they were delicious!

 

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