Parties and Cake
Here are some pictures from Creamie’s birthday party on Saturday. I knew it looked cute in my head, and I am so glad that it came together as I imagined it!
The bunting/garland is one I made to hang at the window in my craft room a few months ago. It was perfect for her party, and free! The backdrop was a thrifted sheet that I bleached a few times to turn it the right color, and then sewed into a curtain.
This pretty silver tray was a gift from my dad a few years ago. It originally came from his parents. It was one of their wedding gifts. I love it so much. Also, powdered donuts are maybe my favorite thing in the world. Or Oreo’s.
One case of bottled water was cheaper than a package of clear plastic cups. Amazing. A few minutes in Illustrator and I had some new labels to make them adorable. I just printed them off on my inkjet printer and used a little double sided tape to hold them on. If it hadn’t been 2:30 in the morning when I finished this project, I might have taken them to a copy center, and had them printed on a laser printer. As soon as water dripped on the paper the ink started to run. But really, she was two. And no one really cares about that kind of stuff, right?
This child of mine will ever have a party without my mothers delicious homemade chocolate e’clairs. Number One: They are a little bit of heaven on earth. Number Two: they looked adorable on my thrifted silver cake plates and trays! (Oh, and don’t tell anyone, but that little riser with the doily and the ribbon on it? That is totally a delabeled can of shredded chicken. I got desperate.)
We had a lot of cake. A deliciously large amount of cake. I made the three layer neopolitan cake for Creamie’s birthday, and I thought that would be the only cake we had. But my sweet mom decided that I needed a cake too (my birthday is next Sunday, and we probably won’t have another family shin-dig before then). She made the white chocolate raspberry cake which tasted every bit as good as it sounds. And then my brother made a chocolate mint cake for his wife (you can’t see them, but there are Andes mint chocolate chips in there!). Her birthday is on Valentines Day but their family will be in Disneyland. So we celebrated birthday’s for four girls yesterday. And birthday’s for four means you need a lot of cake. Apparently that is the (pretty awesome) rule.
It was a wonderful afternoon. Lunch was delicious, we had plenty of cake and Creamie didn’t break down into tears or throw a birthday tantrum or anything. The only real catastrophe was poor baby. According to Creamie “She fall down and bonk. She get a BIIIIIIGGG owwie. She need a bandaid.” Then she picked this paper up off the floor and asked me to tape it on. Poor baby, she should really learn to be more careful. (I kind of died laughing inside as I watched Creamie rocking her little injured babydoll to sleep. And then my little heart melted at how sweet she is.)
So, to give you a peek into the not so photogenic side…. I was up at 6 am on Saturday to make three kinds of cake so I could create my neopolitan vision. When my first guest arrived I still had wet-from-the-shower-hair, no makeup, and this table was still largely undecorated. Scott was setting up the camera and checking lighting and whatnot and snapped this pic while I was finishing sticking all those little flags in the treats. Midway through the party I remembered I didn’t buy any candles. I thankfully had five stuffed in a drawer. Five candles to split between four birthday girls. Also, in a very classy (and photographed, but definitely not postable photographs!) moment, my brother took a dare. And he proceeded to put 35 lemon drops in his mouth at the same time while we all watched in horror and amazement and slowly counted out loud and in unison. Yep, thirty five. Plus one more in each nostril. See, classy. Though I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard.
It’s just barely after midnight and I’m finally going to bed. Happy Monday!