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My Son’s Fishing-Themed Birthday Party and Menu

My son turned 4. Where does the time go?! I still try to cuddle him as often as possible, although he wiggles right out of my arms and is off to his next adventure. This boy has blessed us so much. We are truly thankful for him.

If you don’t have kiddos yet, you should know that life will never be the same after children,.. but you wouldn’t want it to be! God help us to be good parents and teach our son in the way that he should go (and give us the grace and extra patience to do it, please).

Here’s a look at how we celebrated his 4th birthday along with the food and decorations. We didn’t cook anything the day of our party and pulled off a really good menu. Here’s how:

The Menu:

1. Breaded chicken skewers. Party tips: If you’re on a time crunch, use chicken tenders. You don’t have to cut it up and it’s much faster to skewer 1 piece of chicken, than  a bunch of small pieces. We made these the day before and heated them in the oven just before the party. They were tender and tasty as ever!

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2. Chive mashed potatoes. These are my favorite mashed potatoes. They reheat beautifully. We made these the day before, refrigerated, then reheated in a couple skillets on the stovetop with fresh pats of butter. The potatoes were creamy and perfect.

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3. Salmon canapky; made 5 minutes before the party started by my seester, Alla – (yeah these tea sandwiches were that easy!). Alla rounded with these before the real eating began and offered them up as appetizers.

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4. Strawberry Spinach salad: this was delegated to my sister Sveta and she did make it the day of the party, but the salad is so easy that it’s really just a matter of assembling it.

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5.  Cabbage and cucumber salad (delegated to my sis Tanya). This one’s easy too and you could chop the cabbage the day before and mix everything the day of your event.

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6. Cabbage and Cauliflower Salad. This one’s easy to pre-chop and mix everything the day of your event. Delegated to my sis, Anna.

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7. Refrigerator Pickles: Make these 1-3 days ahead and keep them refrigerated until ready to serve.

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8. Chocolate cupcakes – baked and frosted 100% the day before.

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9. Tres Leches cake – baked, frosted and decorated 100% the day before. The decorations were purely meant to be entertaining; toys I found in my son’s closet. The kiddos enjoyed it and that’s what really matters here.

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10. Mom’s famous spartak cake – (Mom baked and assembled this cake 100% the day before)

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11. Waffle cakes with dulche de leche – Mom assembled these the day before (and they are best if made a day ahead). The children LOVE waffle cakes. It’s the first desert that little fingers reach for.

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12. On to the adorable fish cookies. Aren’t they awesome? All of the children loved them and got to take some home. My friend Natalie sent them to me. Make sure to check out her Facebook page. She does take orders for these and she is super creative. She made exactly what I asked for. I am so impressed and they tasted great too (not just pretty).

Natalie, thank you so much and thanks for the large ones on the sticks; my son loved those most! You did an amazing job on these and the children and adults really enjoyed them!

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13. Bread Kvass: This is a bubbly, ever-so-slightly alcoholic beverage that is pretty much the drink of choice on the streets of Ukraine and Russia.

Russian Kvas Recipe

The Decor & Party-goers 🙂

I don’t claim to have a strong decorating gene. Pinterest helped me with this one. The napkin idea for example; straight from one of my pinterest boards!

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I tried to make the whole thing a fishing theme. I wrangled things up from around my house and even used some of my food photography props like the burlaps and linen. I hardly spent any money on decorations.

Even those cool oars were a garage sale score (from my parent’s garage sale; lol). I miss garage sales, I’ve been so busy this summer that I’ve missed all the good neighborhood ones. Do you break for garage sales?

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So this piñata was a special request by my son. It’s not themed, but neither was last year’s (sponge bob), but it’s his party and he can pick the piñata that he wants. Mom of the year? oh stop! 🙂  I miss blogging too (actually having time to write).

You know I’m flustered when my blog posts are dry and boring; I’m hoping all that will change soon… Stress sucks. Thanks for sticking it out with me and I hope I haven’t bored you all to tears in the past few weeks (It’s been a busy month).

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Seriously, those cookies were a hit! If you would like more information on ordering them, click here to visit: Natalie’s facebook page!

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Singing the birthday song and naturally all of the little people are recruited to help blow out candles.

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On to the best part. Presents!! That super hero outfit was from grandma and grandpa. Of course he wore it for the remainder of the day 🙂

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He’s been dreaming of a telescope and Dad ordered one for him. It was a great deal  – $6 on Amazon and it came with a cute little wooden case.

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What 4-year old doesn’t need a magnifying glass? This was all Mom. 🙂 I’m feeling pretty smug right now.

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Happy birthday to our little super hero. You’re growing up way to fast! We love you so much! Hugs, kisses and many blessings from Tato and Mama. 🙂

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Nancy
    August 5, 2015

    Hello Natasha,
    How did you do the blue tres leches cake frosting? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 5, 2015

      I just added a few drops of gel food coloring and didn’t stir it in completely so it still looks a little swirly. Reply

  • Marina Momotok
    August 7, 2013

    Your son is a very lucky little guy to have you as his mommy:) I love all the decorations and food menu, my son loves the waffle cake too and ever since I learned your method of cooking condensed milk in the crock pot I definately make that cake more often  Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 7, 2013

      That’s awesome! I bet our boys could be friends. They both have good taste 🙂 Thank you Marina. You are so sweet! Reply

  • August 4, 2013

    Hi Natasha,
    The party looked like a lot of fun. I love your creative decorations:)
    Just wanted to let you know that the link for the cookies does not work. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 4, 2013

      Thanks for letting me know!! I didn’t realize her FB page was private (we are pals on FB so the link had worked for me). I let her know. Thanks Inna!! I can get you in touch with her if you’d like to know more about her cookies 🙂 Reply

  • Happy Birthday to your son! Great party you guys put together!

    I have a 3.5 year old and she’s still a baby to me and I feel unless we will have more kids it doesn’t matter how old she is, she will forever be the baby in the family)))
    Great Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 3, 2013

      Thank you Marina. David likes to pretend that he is a little baby, sucking his old pacifier and making us carry him around while he is pretending to cry like a baby :D. We got a boy with a sense of humor. Reply

  • Sveta
    August 2, 2013

    I also want to Thank You for all the wonderful salads and meatless sides you post! Ever since I found out I am allergic to red meats, I am hunting for variety on all time favorites. I love your recipes because you use simple yet delicious ingredients…which I actually know! I get so discouraged by many vegetarian blogs because half the ingredients they use are totally alien to me (I wouldn’t even know where to buy most of them)…So, that said, keep up the good work and thanks again! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 2, 2013

      Oh man, how did you figure out that it was red meats? I’ve never heard of that kind of allergy, but any allergy sucks 🙁 I’m sorry. I’m so glad you find this blog helpful in finding recipes that you can relate to! Reply

      • Sveta
        August 2, 2013

        It is a very rare allergy, most people don’t know much about it. For the past year or so I found it hard to swallow meats, but with a lot of water I would get them down. I only had minor rashes and dismissed them. But finally my air passages just closed while eating. I ended up in an emergency room and well, since then…I am technically a vegetarian. I can still eat most seafood but am being careful! It was hard at first but I am becoming used to it! 😀 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          August 2, 2013

          Oh that’s awful! Anaphylaxis is a scary thing. That would be really tough to get used to such a big diet change. Reply

  • Sveta
    August 2, 2013

    Happy Birthday to your adorable little munchkin! They do grow so very fast! My son will be turning 7 in a month and it seems just yesterday that he took his first steps! The party looked awesome, Natasha! The fishing/beach theme is a really good one! I will add it as an option on my list! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 2, 2013

      Thanks Sveta 🙂 Happy birthday to your little boy also. It’s such a blessing to see them grow though! Reply

  • Maria
    August 2, 2013

    Happy Birthday to your adorable son 🙂 What a fun birthday! Everything looks perfect as always! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 2, 2013

      Thank you Maria, it was fun :). Reply

  • August 1, 2013

    What a cute party! Great job, Natasha. Happy Birthday to David.
    You do such a great job planning parties. It seems like everyone had a great time. Love the menu and the perfect, boyish touches to the food and decorations. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 1, 2013

      Aww thanks Olga 🙂 I’m no expert in party planning but I get by with the help of pinterest 😉 Reply

  • August 1, 2013

    Happy Birthday to your adorable son! I agree, they grow up waayy too fast. My mouth is watering just looking at the food pics, and i love the cake, so creative. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 1, 2013

      Thanks Yelena 🙂 It was fun to make it and the kiddos sure loved it! Reply

  • August 1, 2013

    Your family is all so beautiful! The party looked like it was a blast. worm cupcakes/Tres Leches fishing cake?! So cool!..and Natalie’s cookies look awesome as well! Wow, I don’t think I’d have the patience to fill in all the little lines (frosting), but they turned out great!

    You do what you need to do, your readers will always be here! :)) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 1, 2013

      Thank you Olviya, party was great :D. Although few days later we figured out that kids never got to play with water balloons but David got his hands on them yesterday by the pool :). About the cookies; I know, right?! I am so inpatient with things like that and I don’t really have the skill to do it. It’s best to order those things from Natalie 🙂  Reply

      • August 2, 2013

        Better late than never!;) Reply

  • Irka
    August 1, 2013

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your son…he’s so adorable. Looks like everyone is having a good time.
    Love those ‘patychky’ the chicken skewers. We sometimes make them with pork also….I grew up on them, my Baba, Mom and Aunt would make dozens of them at once like an assembly.

    thanks for sharing your photos’. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 1, 2013

      Thank you Ira, those chickens skewers were gone fast :). Reply

  • EinnaL
    August 1, 2013

    Happy 4th bday to David. Still can’t believe he is 4 already!!! it seems like you were just pregnant with him not that long ago. Time sure does fly by. Anyways happy bday and best of Gods blessings.

    p.s. love your blogging (your sense of humor alwyas comes thur) so don’t you worry, its never boring.

    hugs and air kisses lol Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 1, 2013

      Aww thanks 🙂 you are always so sweet. We should hang out soon!! Reply

  • Julia
    August 1, 2013

    Happy birthday to your son! I have a question about reheating – the chicken skewers, at what oven temp did you re-heat them & for how long? Thanks 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 1, 2013

      I think it was 400 for 10-15 min, just until they were hot to the touch. You don’t want to cook them more or they might get dry. Put them in just long enough to heat them up. And u did not cover then with foil; just spread them out on a cookie sheet and put then in the center of the oven. Reply

      • Julia
        August 1, 2013

        Thanks! Reply

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