Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cards and such

Here are a few cards I've made lately:

A congratulations card for my friend Kristen who is expecting twin girls (any day now!):

The invitation to my daughter Charlotte's 3rd birthday party (with a froggy theme):

Monday, May 17, 2010

More birthdays!!

This weekend I had the pleasure of celebrating TWO birthdays - my husband Brian and my good friend Kelly. Brian wanted a giant chocolate chip cookie in lieu of a cake, but of course I had to decorate it somehow, so I made a little man out of fondant and put it on top of the cookie. My daughters helped decorate the border with some chocolate candies. I think it turned out pretty cute. (Not to mention tasty!)

Kelly requested one of my very FAVORITE cakes for her birthday: lemon-lime cake with pineapple curd. So yummy. This cake is usually just served with pineapple curd spread all over the top, but again, I just can't pass up a chance to decorate! I covered the top with blue frosting, added a little frog sitting on a lily pad, and stuck in a few of Kelly's very favorite animal - ladybugs!!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cake Craziness!!

During the past two weeks I've had the wonderful (and crazy!) experience of creating three very detailed and special birthday cakes! The first one was the treasure chest cake I made for my daughter Rebecca's pirate party last Saturday. (You can see a photo in the post below.) I also had the pleasure of making a Lego cake for my friend Penny's son Aiden, who turned 6 last week. I started by building a small model with real Legos, so I could figure out the proportions of the Lego blocks and how I wanted to stack them. It was neat to see this cake come to life. Most importantly, the birthday boy loved it!

Finally, this week I made a really fun cake for my daughter's best friend Claire, who celebrated her 7th birthday with a camping-themed sleepover. I made a tent out of cake, then built a small "fire ring" out of yogurt raisins and created a "campfire" out of red and yellow fondant. However, the most enjoyable part of this cake was making the little campers! There were 5 girls attending the party, so I created 5 little girls that looked like them. (The birthday girl is the brown-haired girl on the left in the yellow sleeping bag. ) The sleeping bags are individual cakes covered with fondant in all different colors and designs. So each girl got to have their own little cake that looked like them! As you can imagine, they were thrilled. :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ahoy, me hearties!

Well, my middle daughter Rebecca celebrated her 5th birthday this past weekend, and her pirate party was a spectacular success! Upon arriving at the party, the guests got to dress up like pirates with bandanas and eyepatches. They also got to choose a tattoo for their arm, because what's a pirate without a tattoo or two?? Then they got to decorate a paper towel tube with stickers and markers to create a telescope. When all the guests had arrived, I brought them into the living room to listen to a pirate story. I read "Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate," and my awesome husband actually dressed up like Pirate Pete and played the part! The kids were cracking up. They really got involved in the the end they were shouting, "Walk the plank!" right along with him.

Then it was time to go outside and play some pirate games. The kids played in the pirate ship for awhile, then I led a few organized games. We played sharks and minnows, walk the plank (thanks to my dad for building us a fantastic plank!), and musical islands. The last game was the cannonball pop, where we tied balloons to the kids' ankles with string, then they ran around the yard trying to pop each other's balloons. It was hilarious! After all that running around, it was time to sit down and enjoy a snack of fruit kabobs, cheese cubes, and goldfish crackers.

Our final activity was the eagerly anticipated treasure hunt!!! Earlier in the week I had written out a bunch of clues on these little cards, and that morning I hid them around the yard. They said things like, "If searching for treasure is your thing, Take a look near the place where you swing.". Each time I read a clue, the girls took turns figuring out where the next one was hidden, and they all ran off to find it! They were SO enthusiastic. They each had a drawstring goody bag, and when they finally found the treasure chest, I doled out handfuls of treasure trick-or-treat style, to make sure everyone got the same amount. The treasure consisted of plastic pirate coins, rings, candy, stickers, and tattoos. It was really fun.

Last but not least, it was time to sing Happy Birthday and eat some cake!!! I made a treasure chest cake full of chocolate gold coins, ring pops, candy necklaces, and rock candy. The kids went wild for it. I was really happy with how well it turned out...I have to admit that I felt a little sad when I had to cut it up and serve it!

All in all, it was a great party and I know that we made some lasting memories for Rebecca. She is a very special girl!