Cash's 5th Birthday Party

Last Sunday, we hosted Cash's birthday party at a local park. We've always had his parties at home in past years, and this year it felt like it was time to do something different. It was great to have the space to run around! There were swings, a soccer ball, a picnic table decorated with balloons, lots of snacks, special friends and family.....

....and of course, there was cake. I wrote about our birthday cakes and buttercream frosting in this post - including a recipe - and they were once again a great hit. The frosting is so silky and luxurious. This is the fifth time I've made this European buttercream frosting, and it never disappoints. 

Morning of the party: adding strawberry juice to the vanilla buttercream, to achieve the pink hue.

Morning of the party: adding strawberry juice to the vanilla buttercream, to achieve the pink hue.

Decorating time!

Decorating time!

As we always do for their birthdays, both kids helped me decorate the cakes on the morning of the party. I/we make both the cakes and the frosting ahead of time and freeze/refrigerate them. Then, on the day of the party, we can spend time decorating instead of baking and cooling cakes. Cash asked for chocolate cake with strawberry frosting. We also made our own vanilla ice cream for the party, which was exciting. (We used a recipe from Canal House, which I've posted before.)

Polly (3) stirring the custard for the ice cream, as it thickens on the stove. She even chose a thematic apron for the occasion

Polly (3) stirring the custard for the ice cream, as it thickens on the stove. She even chose a thematic apron for the occasion

Custard chilling over a bowl of ice, carefully tended to by small hands

Custard chilling over a bowl of ice, carefully tended to by small hands

At the party, Cash had a great time on the swings with his great friend Francoise, born just a month before Cash. 

It's hard to believe our first baby is five! Happy Birthday dear Cash!