Link’s “Dragons Love Tacos” Birthday Party

It has officially been one full year since this tiny little guy came into our lives!

And it has been a year full of diapers, bottles, baby food, vomit, babbling, giggles, learning, watching him grow, smile, and so much more!

There will be a separate post on the final four months of geeky fandom baby photos, but today I figured I’d tell you about how we celebrated Link’s first birthday this past weekend.

We have been pushing dragons on the kid since before he was born practically, so I settled on a dragon themed party.  We bought him a little stuffed dragon, and the book Dragons Love Tacos.  The party was pretty much just family members, and our friends who have a baby girl born five days before Link.  We actually celebrated both babies birthdays together.  Here are the moms and babies after The Eternal Hat Struggle.

I decided to make some birthday cakes for the kiddos, even though they are a bit young to eat them and probably didn’t care much heh.  We had some cupcakes for them to “smash”, but I kept the real cakes in theme.  This was my first time working with fondant, and I had lots of pointers and tips from my good friend and baker extraordinaire, Suzanne.  I sculpted based on this pin, and the individual who made that dragon is clearly a professional because it looked perfect.  Mine did not come out that impressive, but I think I did ok.

I sculpted Link’s dragon first, and had plans for both kids to get a 6×3 round cake.  Well, this dragon was a bit too large to fit on a 6″ round cake, so we made a last minute switch to an 8x3ish round cake.  Here is the other cake for Link’s friend, Abby.

We served a taco bar for lunch (because dragons love tacos!).  Lincoln still doesn’t eat much solid food, so no tacos for him, but the rest of us adults enjoyed them.

Then we moved on to the cupcake “smashing”.  My son seems to be kind of cautious with a lot of things.  So we weren’t really expecting him to do a lot of smashing.  It was more like poking.

And then I tried to give him a taste of icing, but he moved and I accidentally got it on his chin instead of his lips.  Once he got icing on his hands, he seemed to want it OFF his hands, so he wiped them all over his placemat and his onesie.  It was messy, but not because he enjoyed it, haha.  I don’t think he ate any of the cupcake.  Thankfully, he did have a few bites of his dragon cake with some orange sherbet afterwards with his grandparents’ help.

There were lots of family photos, and some balloons and gifts.  His favorite gift seemed to be a lawn mower toy that Abby and her family gave him.  Loved pushing that thing around!

It’s been an amazing year, and we can’t believe how awesome it is to be this little dude’s parents!  We’re gonna have so much fun watching him grow even more over the next years of his life.  We love you so much, Lincoln – Happy 1st Birthday!



4 comments for “Link’s “Dragons Love Tacos” Birthday Party

  1. December 21, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I thought that was a professional, purchased-from-a-bakery cake until I kept reading. Of course you made it! You can do all the crafty things, my friend.

    Happy birthday Lincoln!

    • January 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Haha, thanks! I have plenty of “Nailed it!” Pinterest Fail moments, too …

  2. December 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Happy birthday, Link! Love the dragon theme and that cake looks awesome!! Bravo

    • January 4, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      I had a huge debate with myself over theme, but went with dragons because easiest to make into a baby party hah. Plus, I have to save all the truly geeky stuff for when he will actually appreciate it …


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