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!
330. I woke up at 5 am and made 330 pastel, silver-dollar pancakes. It sounds worse than it was. I cheated (as I often do) and bought the Bisquick that only requires you add water and comes in a handy-dandy easy to pour container. I added water and a little food coloring to no less than 5 containers.
I stacked 5 pancakes for each of the 1st graders at my son’s school and impaled them with a bamboo fork that was decorated with a foam cross. Check out another variation here.
A team of moms turned the lunch benches into a fabulous Easter party.
My favorite part was hearing the kids’ amazement that they were getting to have pancakes at snack today. When they are used to the standard cupcakes and cookies, sometimes you need to take it back to breakfast and dress her up a little.
I’m grateful for all those shiny happy faces.
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.
We are a big fan of science and astronomy in our house. We geeked out a little and watched Curiosity coverage live on the NASA channel. We also got just as excited as the guys at JPL when it landed without a hitch. The kids are just as obsessed with planets and space shuttles as we are and Calvin wanted to have a Space Party! We launched Calvin into his 3rd year with style!
I made vanilla cupcakes topped with planets, space shuttles and sprinkles. Calvin helped decorate the cupcakes, he was also disappointed when he couldn’t eat one right away. In the end.. his patience was greatly rewarded.
For lunch… I enlisted help from the chef of the household, my husband, and he made the sauce and meatballs from scratch for “Meat-eorite” sandwich sliders! We also served salad on the side.
For party favors, i packed bags of glow in the dark planet decals, glow sticks, spinning tops and space stickers. As an extra treat, each kid got a 100 pc astronaut puzzle! We also had a blast making everyone an astronaut for a day with our “photo booth.”
No space party would be complete without a moon bounce! The kids enjoyed hours of defying gravity with some high jumps and flips.
Calvin had a blast at his party… the moment of the day came while Calvin was opening his gifts. Calvin got a $100 bill from his Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa… he was in awe to say the least!
Next stop… watching Endeavor being towed through the streets of Los Angeles! Did anyone catch the flyover?
…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…
Our baseball season ended over the weekend. After our last game, our team had a potluck party at the field. Unfortunately for all of us, our game was at 8am! That meant that not only did we have to be up super early, we had to pull something together to bring to the field with us at 8am…and it had to be appropriate to eat at 10am.
I generally go straight for the sweets, but I’m weird when it comes to eating in the morning. I just cannot skip breakfast foods. My husband could easily eat a sandwich and a bag of chips at 9am, in fact I’ve seen him do it. But I simply cannot eat a lunch food before I’ve had a breakfast food. Breakfast for dinner, however, is one of my favs!
So, given the timing of our party, I had to bring a breakfast food. What’s one of my favorite breakfast foods?! Pancakes!
I got up a little early and whipped up your standard pancake batter. I made about 80 silver dollar sized pancakes. It sounds like a lot, but goes quick using a griddle. I was able to get about 15 cooking at a time and they only take a few minutes.
Once cooked, I stacked them 4 high, topped each short stack with a quartered strawberry and skewered them with a bamboo appetizer fork.
I waited until we were about to dig in before drizzling syrup over them.
They were a big hit with both the kids and the parents. I will definitely make these again.
They are a must have at your next brunch! Look how pretty they are when they don’t have to travel to a dusty baseball field!