Posts Tagged With: birthday party

Do I Know You? On Funerals and Cake Fails

Dear Kids,

I’ve been MIA on the blog-front lately. Apologies. I just got back from my aunt’s funeral in Portland. It was beautiful.

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My Mom and I cleaned out her room and set aside some things for loved ones. I selected a stuffed elephant for Kitten and a policeman nesting doll for Buddy. For myself, well I was most taken with the photos.

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My grandparents with their first born. Such sweet, naive kids...

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My grandfather (the only one not looking at the camera) and his 5 brothers

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My beautiful grandmother

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The kids! Neighbors and siblings at play. I'm related to a handful of them.

Anyhow, enough of the sentimental. Let’s get to the embarrassing stuff, shall we?

So, it was Buddy’s birthday recently. There was much rejoicing and much cake.

There were cupcakes at school, icecream cake at Chuck E. Cheese, and cake for your actual party. Yikes! (We like to stretch out our birthdays around here)

For your party I decided I would make your cake myself. I have friends with these skills. Friends who actually make money with their cake skills. Surely I can apply icing to a cake, right? Mothers have been doing so for years!

I should have hired one of my friends.

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It's a Starwars cake. Light side & dark side, get it?

Apparently I cannot apply icing to cake. Cake hates me.

Here’s the cake I made under extreme supervision for Kitten’s 5th bday:

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Beautiful, right? And back to Buddy’s 5th bday cake:

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It's a Starwars cake. Light side & dark side, get it?

It looks like I took an egg beater to it.  Maliciously. [Sigh]

Thankfully, I was able to consult with one of those aforementioned cake-savy friends and redeem myself:

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You see that? That, my friends, is 3 cans of blue icing. It was, I’m told, delicious. I don’t care, as long as he liked it:

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And he did 🙂

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Papa performs

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Bounce house BEFORE cake. No vomiting, please.

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Birthday spoils: stormtrooper masks and pool noodle light sabers

Homemade Starwars birthday party. Nailed it! 😉

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Dear Kids – Cookie Cutter Kids

Dear Kids,

We went to a birthday party last weekend. It was lovely and you two behaved like gems. Considering this was our first interaction with new neighbors I could not have been more grateful that you guys toed the line.

Here’s the thing: there were a solid 9 little girls there and every last one of them was the same height with long, brunette hair. I could not tell them a part to save my life. I couldn’t even point out the birthday girl with any accuracy! Thank God you have blond hair, Kitten, or I may have taken the wrong child home.

It did not help that the birthday girl changed her clothes THREE TIMES. She greeted us at the door in a party dress, then ten minutes later she and four other little girls came down stairs in princess dresses, then fifteen minutes later they were all in shorts and t-shirts. That’s not fair, right?

Kitten, you didn’t even bother learning their names; you just called them all ‘friend’, which was a brilliant move, actually.

We had to leave early and I didn’t know what to do. You have to say goodbye to the birthday girl, right? How would I pick her out of the giggling brunette sea? And then cake was called. Score! Saved by birthday tradition!

I stared down the birthday girl while she blew out the candles and seared her face in to my brain…ok, I just noted what shirt she was wearing. Ten minutes later I located her, pushed Kitten in her direction, and the goodbye was executed.

We left the party with goodie bags and a firm step in the right direction for future neighborhood shenanigans. How could we not be friends with them? Their play set has THREE SLIDES! For real.

 

Unique! ...to say the least ;)

Unique! …to say the least 😉

 

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