By Nicole.

When Target sent us word that they were re-releasing Trolls and Troll brand apparel and accessories this Fall we flipped.#trollsareback We are total children of the 90’s and we were immediately flooded with memories. Like my Troll themed 7th birthday. See below.
Troll partyWe knew we wanted to recreate this hilarious 90’s birthday party, so we brought Emily’s nieces over to show them all of our favorite 90’s memories. Ready? #trollsareback

[Quincey’s Skater Dress // Avery’s Cozy Troll Sweatshirt and Joggers]

Taught them how to make fortune tellers, and shockingly we didn’t even have to look it up on YouTube, just like riding a bike. #trollsareback Practiced our “S” with our gel-roller pens.#trollsareback Decorated our caboodles with puff paint. Are you dying at that sentence?#trollsareback Got our Troll hair on. These Troll sweatshirts are the softest things we’ve ever felt. Amazing! [Quincey’s Graphic Tee]#trollsareback Crazy hair don’t care! Perfect for our curly haired Quincey!#trollsareback Sunburst art with smelly markers:#trollsareback They were enthralled with every single element of this little party. We loved showing them all these fun nostalgic activities!#trollsareback What’s a party without cake? This guy was such an easy topper, and with some perfectly bold 90’s colored sprinkles he was all ready to go!#trollsareback#trollsarebackAnd they loved getting decked out in Troll gear! You can find their apparel, troll necklaces at Target online and in store and troll dolls in store only, they released just last week!#trollsarebackSo what did we miss? Any 90’s favorites you’d add to your own party?


[Avery’s Socks]

This post is sponsored by Target.

pirate party ahoy!

Our next party on Zurcher’s brand new party site is here! Pirate Party ahoy! Our boys have a pretty good gig over here, we’re thinking and you can find all the available products right here on this party’s shop page!Pirate Party Ahoy!


Pirate parties are such a classic and we can’t help but love the simplicity of it all. Black and white, stripes, gold coins and a hearty argggh or two, done an done!Pirate Party Ahoy! PENNANT // PIRATE FLAG // SODA // HATS // BURLAPPirate Party Ahoy!Pirate Party Ahoy! Pirate Party Ahoy!


Pirate Party Ahoy!


Pirate Party Ahoy! Pirate Party Ahoy! ADDITIONAL SOURCES

Striped Plates // Black Plates // Black Cups //Striped Wood Utensils


sweet potato birthday cake

We are so excited to have Amy back with another healthier kids recipe to share! Her Make Ahead Banana and Oat Bars went wild and we think you will love today’s even more! Amy Palanjian is a writer, editor, recipe developer, and crafter for magazines, books, and websites. She’s also mama to a very energetic toddler and she shares realistic, yet wholesome recipes and feeding tips at Yummy Toddler Food which is incredible! You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook as @yummytoddlerfood. Welcome back, Amy!

“When my little girl turned one, I was filled with emotions. I couldn’t believe that a year had passed since she was born and that she was walking, starting to talk, and eating all sorts of delicious foods. We planned a family party to celebrate the milestone and while I kept the theme to a very straightforward “Birthday!”, I spent a lot of time thinking about the cake — find all my cake conquests here.Sweet Potato Smash Cake for a 1st BirthdayI wanted to give my girl a first taste of cake that was naturally sweet, soft enough for her to easily eat, and flavorful. I wanted to make one cake that we could all share, just like the way we eat our regular meals, so I spent a lot of time researching recipes and eventually settled on this Apple Cake. 1st Birthday Sweet Potato Cake It was a huge hit and we liked it so much that I made it twice so that our extended family could try it! Since then, I’ve tried to create a few other cake recipes that are appropriate for toddlers, yet delicious enough for the whole family. There’s a Banana Cake that we love (and often make just because) and now there’s this Sweet Potato Apple Cake.03_horiz

This cake, which has a delicate crumb and natural sweetness, is moist, rich, and immensely satisfying. It has a base of ground oats, roasted sweet potato, and apple butter, so it’s naturally gluten- and refined-sugar-free, yet it’s filled with flavor. It holds its shape and is easy to make, yet it’s soft enough for little ones. It pairs perfectly with a maple-sweetened cream cheese frosting and it’s completely delicious chilled, so you can make it a full day ahead of time.

So whether you have a first birthday to celebrate, are serving a family dinner to a group of all ages, or you just want to serve up a healthy and comforting dessert to your family, this cake is for you.

Sweet Potato Smash Cake for 1st Birthday

Sweet Potato Apple Cake
Plan to roast the sweet potato the day before you want to make the cake, or at least two hours before, to give it time to cool down after it’s finished cooking. You can also steam it, which takes slightly less time, but you will lose some of the flavors of the natural caramelization that occurs with roasting.
Serves 8-10

1 cup rolled oats, ground finely in a food processor
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup roasted, cooled, and mashed sweet potato
1/4 cup no-added sugar apple butter
1/3 cup brown rice syrup at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans.
2. Stir together the oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl; Set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs and butter together with a hand held mixer for about 1 minute. Add the sweet potato, apple butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Add the oat mixture and beat until just combined. Pour half of the batter into each cake pan and smooth with a spatula.
3. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean and the edges are slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool in pans on a rack for 30 minutes. Carefully remove cakes from pan and let cool fully on a wire rack.
4. To make the frosting, beat cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, and maple syrup in a medium bowl with a hand held mixer until fluffy, about 30 seconds. Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary.
5. Place one cake carefully onto a cake plate or serving plate. Spread a thick layer of frosting on top, smoothing to the edges. Place the second cake on top of the frosting and press down slightly. Spread on enough frosting to cover just the top, or the top and the sides, depending on your preference. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve. Can be baked and frosted up to one full day ahead of time. Store any leftovers in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

Add 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger to the batter.
Try 1/4 cup applesauce instead of apple butter.
Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to the frosting.”

More of Amy:

Yummy Toddler Food

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baymax birthday party!

For the party of freshly turned 3 year old Sunny, there is only one theme suitable theme: Big Hero 6. Here’s a peek at the awesome spread Nicole prepared for him for his big day!

Welcome to San Fransokyo!Big Hero 6 Party: Dinner SpreadSteam some rice and edamame, pick up your favorite Chinese Food take out and hit your local Asian market for yummy drinks and snacks! Take out boxes and chopsticks included of course.Big Hero 6 Party: Dinner SpreadLike Banana Milk with Strawberry Boba, perhaps?Big Hero 6 Party: Strawberry Banana BobaPocky Sticks, Mango and Lychee juice boxes and hard candy, too!Big Hero 6 Party: San Fransokyo SpreadFortune cookies with Baymax’s favorite encouragement, Ba La La La La.Big Hero 6 Party: Baymax Fortune Cookies


The cake was a no-brainer, Nicole used a favorite local bakery, ordered their simple $12 8 inch round cake and they added the eyes free of charge. Awesome!

Big Hero 6 Party: Baymax Cake

For activities, there isn’t anything better than a birthday party Piñata! Nicole had this one specially made to look like Baymax, which was surprisingly hard to hit that sweet face. The party goers used extra take out boxes to collect their Piñata candy in.Big Hero 6 Party: Baymax PinataThen grab a few tubes of black icing and you can make your own Baymax Faces with Oreo cookies:Big Hero 6 Party: Baymax OreosAnd for Baymax masks, simply grab a stack of paper plates, black circles (punched out with this), small strips of black paper, glue and tongue depressors.Big Hero 6 Party : Baymax Mask DIY

Sunny was in awe the whole party and as always Nicole makes it fun for all ages (especially with those take out boxes of yummy food!)

Cal’s 3rd Birthday

By Emily.

My little guy, Callum, turned three at the end of July and when I thought about what I wanted to remember most about him this year, it had to be his little dialect. He has his own way of saying just about everything and it brings a smile to my face everyday. So why not throw party all about exactly who he is at this moment. We focused everything on his favorite foods said only the way Cal can.

Now, I am an anti-party planner. I avoid going all out at all costs, but my lifelong love for a good craft will never die. So we recreated this one simple element of the party for you guys today! It was so fun watching all our loved ones sound out each sign and repeat it in Cal’s native tongue. Can you guess them all?

Callum Says - Birthday Party with all his favorites said just the way he likes them!

Chocolate Milk || Watermelon

Callum Says - Birthday Party with all his favorites said just the way he likes them!

Spicy Jalapeño Chips || Popsicle

Callum Says - Birthday Party with all his favorites said just the way he likes them!

It was so easy and added so much personality to an otherwise pretty straight-forward pool party. It was truly all about Cal and the pictures will always remind me of our little guy at age 3. To recreate it, print your signs out on card stock and tape them to those free paint stirrers you get at hardware stores (spray paint or covered with colorful tape) and you’re set!

Find our other birthday parties and ideas right here!

Party Confetti

You Cricut Explorers are so lucky, two projects for you in one week! Today we’re sharing another project from our Design Space, this one was so fun to conceptualize and has about one million uses: Party Confetti!

Party Confetti | Cricut Explore

The best part about this confetti is you can cut it on any color and medium you want. Glitter paper, patterned paper, leather, metal even! So you can customize this Party Confetti Suite so many different ways for every celebration. Party Confetti | Cricut Explore

Once you have the confetti printed in your desired color scheme and material, there is so much these happy pieces can do! Decorate a table, fill a party bag, and so much more. We love the idea of glueing them to a drink stirrer, or a toothpick for cupcake toppers, or little hors d’oeuvres skewers. String them on a piece of twine and make a tiny garland cake topper!

Party Confetti | Cricut Explore

You can download and print this suite right here, it’s sized and ready to print for your next soiree!

Not yet a Cricut Explore™ owner? Take the plunge and see the difference!

spider-man party

Today we have a whole party focused on our favorite Superhero, Spider-Man! From the decor, to the activities, to the party attire, it’s all for Spidey and our boys couldn’t have been more excited. The best part about this party is that everything was found at Target and put together in only a couple hours! Here’s how we did it:
Spiderman PartyDECOR: For stress-free parties we love to have just one festive party table. Instead of worrying about decking every hall and nook and cranny with your party theme, a party table adds just enough festivity and is so much easier to execute and focus on details. We used our friend Kayti of the Be{you}ty Bureau‘s awesome cardboard skyscrapers for the backdrop and added Target’s striped flag banner to the front.

Spiderman PartyCAKE: We found a local bakery who will make a simple white 8-inch cake for only $12.99. It comes frosted and ready to decorate and is always delicious. Decorating the cake is the fun part so we love this short-cut. For this cake we found a little Spider-Man notebook and pencil kit in Target‘s Dollar Spot, so we cut out this figure from the notebook, taped a little bit of string to the back and tied the string to two striped party straws! Stick the straws right into the cake and you’re all set. Then to extend your theme all the way down to your cake plate, we cut out web shapes out of paper to layer beneath the plate.

Spiderman PartyInstead of paper plates and cups we opted for the sturdier plastic versions. Kids tend to dump, spill, tip, and mangle the paper so we gave plastic a try. Guess what? No spills!

Spiderman PartyWe had the boys wear any Spider-Man apparel they had – Masks and caps galore!

Spiderman PartyKeeping the party as stress-free as possible, we didn’t worry about feeding them a meal, but instead had easy kid-friendly snacks like popcorn and apple juice on hand.

Spiderman PartyDETAILS: We are obsessed with these chalkboard party hats, use a chalkboard pen to personalize them and re-use for just about any party! We added spider webs and wrote the boys’ names this time around.

Spiderman PartySpiderman PartyWe used Spider-man themed wrapping paper and party bags to add to the festivity, and quickly cut up confetti in the party colors to decorate the table with.

Spiderman PartyPLAY: We kept the activities pretty simple. First, using Dana Made It‘s giant spider web tutorial, we created a giant red web that not only doubled as a party game but also created another element of decor! Then we stuck little party favors in the web, tattoos, treats, and other lightweight items and gave the boys each a can of silly string. Then we let them shoot their targets until they fell out of the web for them to retrieve. Like a silly string pinata! Even though this is a stress-free party, no one can avoid clean-up, so we just tried to embrace the mess. Luckily it all cleaned up no problem!

Yarn Web Game | Spiderman PartyEveryone picked a temporary tattoo they loved and then we had a quick little tattoo applying session. The boys got SO excited about this, the urgency to get those tattoos on was frantic and they still show everyone they see how cool their Spider-Man tattoo is!

Spiderman PartySpiderman PartySpiderman Party Target made this party absolutely a breeze, here are all the supplies we used from their amazing party section:


Utensils // Plate Cup and Bowl Set // Temporary Tattoos // Party Wrap and Bags // Nesting Bowls // Mugs //


Chalkboard Party Hats // Oversized and regular striped paper straws, striped flag banner, napkins and Party Bags found here.

This post is sponsored by Target. More Spider-Man, More Amazing: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite superheroes at Target.

happy first birthday, small fry!

We can hardly believe this weekend marks our one year anniversary here at Small Fry!

Are you guys ready for a party? We’ve got one in store for the next week!


We had Small Fry as a goal for a month or so before we launched, and didn’t tell a soul. Each of us spent hours toiling over every last detail, details that you’ll see on our very first post, to our very last, every feature, every button, every element, concept, and idea was crafted with care.  It was this same time of night (or early morning) that we hit “send” and surprised our friends and family with an email introducing our little baby blog. What a year it has been! We’ve made so many wonderful friendships, been touched by so many stories, and most importantly, and our very first priority, had an absolute blast with our six boys.


All next week we’ll be celebrating this milestone, and we hope you’ll join us! Small Fry is just pictures and words on a page without you here with us after all, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Here’s to a hundred more!bday4

Party Sources:

Chelsey Searle for these beautiful photos that we will cherish forever. She is an absolute dream to work with, and her works is gorgeous. Now is the time to book for Christmas card pictures, and she will knock it out of the park. Contact her here.

Thank you to Land of Nod for this AMAZING “Toot Suite” party kit. All of this party decor came in one awesome package which makes party throwing an absolute breeze. See all four party kits at Land of Nod, they even have a Halloween theme!

To Sweet Tooth Fairy, the best local bakery for the perfect birthday cake cupcakes! Their Funfetti center matched our polka dot theme perfectly.

Have a wonderful FRYday, we’ll see you back here Monday!



For you curious minds, keep reading to get the info on our party attire… Continue reading happy first birthday, small fry!

a backyard BBQ birthday

We have a love for first birthday parties, and today we are featuring a very special one by  Erin Wakeman for her little girl Zoey. Here’s what Erin had to say about their special day:


When the time comes for your first baby’s first birthday, you pull out all the stops! I wanted to give Zoey a birthday party that felt like a big celebration of her sweet and colorful personality while capturing the essence of a perfect end of the summer backyard BBQ.
We filled the trees with balloons, banners and pennant buntings creating a backdrop of bright and bold colors. Guests filled up take out boxes (boxes from Shop Sweet Lulu / liners from Pink Lemonade Party) with gourmet sliders, homestyle french fries in paper cones (fort&field), berry cups filled with local produce (Shop Sweet Lulu), and coleslaw in berry baskets (Shop Sweet Lulu). Local handmade barbecue sauce (Trilby’s) was offered in condiment cups and favored water (strawberries, lemons, cucumbers and mint) filled mason jars with striped paper straws (A Charming Pretty Party). Glass bottles of soda and locally brewed beers were served on ice in a vintage wheelbarrow next to a rustic bottle opening stand (bottle opener from 2 Country Chics).

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The birthday girl smashed a special anniversary cake topper from her baby shower made by her aunt Kate Reed. The guest enjoyed a s’more bar stocked with many varieties of chocolates and graham crackers, roasting marshmallows and we shared laughs around a fire late into the summer night.  ZoeyFaye-51-X2

Zoey’s birthday outfit was a work of love put together by three of my most favorite women. Both Zoey’s custom headband matching her dress and her Gatsby cake smash headband were created by Chelsea of Jameson Monroe. Her Gretel Jumper was custom designed and handmade by the incredibly talented Lauren of Vivi’s Jewels. And her moccasins were perfectly designed by the amazing Susan of Freshly Picked.ZoeyFaye-101-X2
The party was a fantastic combination of friends and family enjoying and celebrating the first year of my sweet one year old’s life. Such a special day made all the more sweet by the many details offered from our amazing vendors and captured in gorgeous photo by Becca Rich of Lady & Gent Photography.
Thanks so much Erin! We love how she created keepsakes down to Zoey’s outfit as a way to remember this big day. Read more of Erin’s beautiful blog here.

Little Fish Party

It’s crazy to think that Jude’s Peach Picking First Birthday party was already a year ago! Jude is a little water baby to say the least, so Jenna went with a poolside fish theme and it was darling!
little fish birthday party
First, she started with this invite via Tiny Prints:

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She used bright orange and different hues of blue throughout for a bright Summery feel.

little fish birthday party

For the adults she had a few types of sushi, salted edamame, “shell” pasta salad, fruit and beverages.

little fish birthday party

little fish birthday partyFor the littlest guests she created a “Goldfish Bar” with a few types of Goldfish Crackers:

little fish birthday party

And she even made kid’s sushi! To do this at home you simply cut the crusts off of thin pieces of bread. Then using a rolling pin or large heavy weighted object, flatten the bread down. This will allow you to roll it, and setting it seam side down helps keep them nice and tight until you’re ready to serve! Jenna made peanut butter and jelly, and also thin deli style sliced turkey and cheese!

little fish birthday party

The red velvet cake was gorgeous layers of ombre fondant and a darling fish on top.

little fish birthday party

Before the party started she filled the pool with beach balls and then each guest got to take one home as a favor. Adults and kids alike had a blast playing in the pool with them and it created such a festive and colorful setting! Happy birthday, Juder Pop!

little fish birthday party


Invite via Tiny Prints

Beach Balls and Paper Lanterns via Oriental Trading.

Flying fish decor was cut with a Cricut machine using this Sea Birds and Fish bundle.