We celebrated the tyke’s 2nd birthday this past weekend! I guess I can start using his real name, since it shows up in the picture. Now, I’m not one who usually likes “themed” things. There was no theme for his birthday last year. Nowadays, he LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba. Once I began brainstorming things to do for a Yo Gabba Gabba party, the ideas kept coming. So, a themed party it was. It’s hard to see, but Gabba Land provided the background for the food spread.
First were the cupcakes. I made toppers out of fondant to resemble each of the five characters. The shapes were easy to cut out and put together. I loved that I could make these well in advance of the party, so that all I had to do was put them on top of the frosted cupcakes. This meant that I could make the cupcakes just before the party, and they would be uber-fresh. The cupcakes and smash cake were both homemade funfetti.
- Muno, “He’s tall and friendly.” These homemade fruit roll-ups were long and red, just like Muno.
- Brobee, “The little green one.” This hummus and veggie tray was a bit of a stretch, but I loved making the cucumber skewers with alternating slices so they looked like Brobee’s stripes. I didn’t get a picture of the whole tray, but it was a colorful array of baby carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, and the cucumber skewers.
- Toodee, “She likes to have fun.” There was an episode where Toodee didn’t want to eat her snack of yogurt, because she didn’t think she’d like it. Once she tried it however, she discovered she liked it. (Try it, you’ll like it!) I realized I spelled “fruitty” wrong. I wanted it to sound like “tutti fruitti,” but I messed the card up.
- Plex, “A magic robot.” Hubs came up with the idea of having “Plex” mix. I decided to add the yellow candies. This was a big hit among both the kids and the adults. Recipe coming soon! (update: recipe link)
DJ Lance. Can’t forget about him! I made a smash cake and decorated it to look like his boombox. Normally, I’m philosophically opposed to smash cakes. Why waste all that lovely cake? But like I said, once the ideas started rolling, I couldn’t help myself.
There was also more substantial food for everyone. There were a number of vegetarians at the party, so I made sure to use vegetarian sausage and vegetable stock in the red beans. The gumbo was for the meat eaters. There were also make-your-own shrimp po boys, but they were eaten so quickly I didn’t get a picture of them.