I have a long hallway. And this is my hallway having a party…
Its amazing what zooming in on some streamers and balloons will do for ya! This backdrop was super easy and can easily be adjusted to any color scheme or occasion. And unless you choose to, you know perhaps for blogging purposes, you never have to zoom out and no one ever has to know that this is really just your boring old hallway. Fill that frame and all you see is a party!
My baby boy turns 1 today. *Tear* My baby turns 1 today! I made him this smash cake to celebrate. Chocolate cake with chocolate filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. The cake is decorated by piping large dots and then smearing them to one side. A little tedious but the effect is pretty great. I don’t know if you can tell, but I think he liked it. We literally couldn’t get him to crack a smile once the cake came out. He was all business!
My baby is 7. SEVEN! Where has the time gone? He is pretty special–and not just because he’s my first-born. Although in all fairness I too am the first-born and I think we’re all pretty special.
He is funny, loving, incredibly empathetic, and a great big brother. We’re lucky to be his parents. Ugh…tears.
Okay, well the most important part of any birthday is the cake! Since his birthday fell on a Saturday, I brought treats in to his class on Friday. Life is more chaotic now so I wanted to make things on easy on myself. I went to Vons and purchased two boxes of Madeleine/Brownie Bites. Whaaat?! Yes. They are half Madeleine and half Brownie, swirled together. Both light and rich and bite-sized, they are the little treat to hit the spot.
I added a personal touch by piping some white frosting on top, a dash of festive sprinkles, and a piece of Cake Batter Bark. The kids thought they were amazing (one asked that I e-mail his mom the recipe–seriously). Since I had extra, the teachers and office staff got to have some as well and they too thought they were just right and thanked me for bringing in kid-sized treats.
Riding the wave of Friday’s success, I planned Saturday’s birthday cake with the left over bark pieces in mind. I made a basic chocolate layered cake with white frosting and added sprinkles and Cake Batter Bark as a decorative edging.
It was fun and cute…and most importantly, tasty! Also, I love a good dual-purpose anything and the pieces of bark can kind of be used as spacers for slicing the cake.
This particular birthday carried over into Sunday as well when we celebrated with his schoolmates at a local Pump It Up. I cut myself some slack though and ordered a cake for that celebration.
Now that I have a 7-year-old, I have come to the following conclusions:
- My days of cool are numbered;
- His increasing age doesn’t seem to make me feel older. I don’t quite feel young. But, I don’t quite feel old [or mature] enough to have a 7-year-old; and
- Thank God for cake. No matter what is going on and how stressful life (or party planning) can be, sitting down and having a piece of birthday cake is such a relief.
For my grandmother’s birthday, I made Hummingbird Cupcakes (No hummingbirds were harmed in the making of this ). The first time I had Hummingbird Cake was at our English Tea Party last year and it was so good! Hummingbird cake has crushed pineapple, shredded coconut, mashed bananas and chopped walnuts mixed into the batter with a little bit of cinnamon too! Since this cake is a little sweet, I chose to use creamcheese frosting on these cupcakes. In a large cake slice, this cake can be a little too much. Cupcakes are the perfect small serving and you don’t feel too full afterward. Have you ever tried Hummingbird Cake?
…And for kids’ birthday parties!
I had the pleasure of assisting our dear Summer with setting up for her daughters’ birthday party. With a vintage circus/carnival theme, naturally there were many polk a dots incorporated. For some crazy reason, party supplies in her area were limited so we got creative.
We used the classic rice krispie recipe but swapped out Rice Krispies cereal for Trix. They are colorful and fun and a little extra sweet. My favorite part? When you cut into them, they creat a really pretty pol a dot pattern from the side.
To package each to be placed in favor bags, I wrapped each with a small piece of plastic wrap (so it won’t stick to anything). For decoration and to further our theme, I took a couple of extra favor bags and cut them into strips just long enough to fit around the Trix Treat. Then I wrapped a piece of Japanese washi tape in a coordinating color around the center of that. They were placed in a basket near the favor bags and each of the small guests got to pick one to add to their favor bag before leaving. There were a few extra for us big kids too…
Photo by: Caitlyn
Wow, so many big birthdays are ahead for my family.. my dad is going to be 50 this Friday, my brother turns 29 Saturday and next week I turn the big 3-0! I haven’t even mentioned that my Grandma, my mom and Summer’s two sweet girls have birthdays in June as well! Phew, I know that I am probably forgetting someone too!
I guess my grandfather’s 75th birthday, at the end of May, kicked started the festivities for me! The family went to dinner at Ports O’ Call in San Pedro. I’d say 75 is a pretty big birthday and I wanted to help make it special. I decided I would make the cake! I whipped up this chocolate cake in the morning, let it cool and frosted it before we left the house. This is the only photo I have of it since I was unable to locate a camera before we dug in!
We all had a great time! Afterward, we walked down where they had little carnival rides for the kids. When the weather is great, nothing beats hanging out at Ports O’ Call!
Today is a special day. Today is both my God Mother’s birthday as well as my Father’s. What a coincidence, right?! Well, not so much. They are twins!
They say that twins are connected in a very special way. Twins often get stuck in a matchy matchy situation and the lines of individuality can be blurry. But I believe everyone should at least have their own birthday cake.
One way to ensure everyone enjoys their own treat, is to make cupcakes. Cupcakes are so typical though.
So, I made individual lemon cakes with buttercream frosting.
I used lemon cake mix and baked it in a jelly roll pan. Once it was finished and completely cooled, I used a biscuit cutter to cut out 24 rounds of cake. Simply frost a layer of buttercream on top of one round and top it with another. Finally decoratively frost the top with more frosting and add some festive sprinkles.
Happy Birthday Dad and Nina!!
The baby shower has come and gone. Now I can share the best part… SWEETS! Here are cakes 3 ways:
1- Thing 1 & Thing 2 inspired cupcakes. These tasty treats were Red Velvet cupcakes with a single top layer of cream cheese frosting followed by a stack of homemade buttercream, dyed blue, to create the “hair”.
2- Truffula Tree inspired cake pops. I made these pops with chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. I melted different candy colored coating and sprinkled with coordinating colored sugar. I chose to wrap these up for take home treats.
3- Chocolate cake with homemade buttercream in electric blue. I made this chocolate cake with layers of vanilla frosting and the outside piped in buttercream to match the cupcakes.
All of the delicious treats were either gobbled up of sent to good homes! Thank goodness!