Sunday, February 6, 2011

Trash Truck Birthday

{many thanks to my wonderful friend Caitie for this picture, I love it!}

Yesterday we had a full house to celebrate Cody's 5th birthday.

Trash Truck invites, from BabadooDesigns 

Trash Truck Cake

I used this Egg-Free, Dairy-Free and Nut-Free Cake recipe. We don't normally need to avoid dairy, but one of Cody's friends has a dairy allergy. I liked that the recipe didn't call for any unusual ingredients, just items that were already in my pantry. I also used this Best White Icing Ever Recipe. It was another dairy free recipe that didn't call for anything unusual. Both recipes were yummy, and I recommend both!

I made the houses on the cake using this Sugar Cookie recipe from Annie's Eats. I attempted to make Vegan Royal Icing. I had issues with the consistency, and wasn't able to "flood" the cookie, so I just went with the outlining and called it a day =)  I am looking forward to giving this icing another try someday though, and hopefully getting the consistency right.

For food, we ordered from Papa John's to make it easy. I also had Hebrew National Mini Hot Dogs (dairy, nut and egg free), and I made a couple of appetizer recipes. Italian Sub Dip, which I served with various crackers and Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls. Neither were dairy free, but both were egg and nut free, and were definitely for the adults and not the kids!

I made goody bags...

And filled them with Crayola crayons (bought at Target last August for $.25 each!), Trash Truck Coloring Page, Matchbox cars Trash Truck, a bag of Lucy's Grab and Go Chocolate Chip packs (allergy free) and a Yummy Earth Organic/allergy free sucker.

It was the first birthday party we've had with more than just 1 or 2 kid guests, and I was a little worried about keeping them entertained. Never fear - they made sure they were well entertained!

It was definitely a successful party!

Luke loved the balloons...

Cody loved the cake...

And the presents too!

Thank you to everyone that made his day so much fun!


  1. HUGS! We had so much fun at Cody's party (my son the huge second-half grump notwithstanding) - and Megan has commandeered BOTH sets of goodybag crayons as her own (and says "ank oo"). :)

  2. Sounds like he had a great time! I love that cake!! I can't believe he is 5 already! It goes so very fast!! Great job woman!

    Giving you a little shout out in my Monday post.. ;)

  3. Aw, thanks Nicole!!

    Caitie, we loved having you and Ian. And miss Megan is very welcome :)

  4. Aw... I remember those days. You are an awesome Mom!

  5. Great cake. I love it. It was great the you could make it safe for all the kids at the party.
    Allergy Mum -

  6. Sorry for the delay in answering you but- we had such an amazing time. Thank you for the party and the company of some other adults, you have a wonderful family and I was happy to be included. :) And especially thanks for the dairy free cake, Hunter talked non stop for over a week about how Cody and Lukes momma loves him and made sure he could have cake not have to bring special Hunter Cake. :-)