A His and Hers Birthday Celebration

We’re in “morning after” mode here at the moment, meaning a slow moving, tired mama, lots of playing with new presents and cake for breakfast (with plans for leftovers for lunch!).
I think that the party went well for the most part. There were, of course, the usual assortment of mishaps…there was the neighbor who decided to come over and introduce herself an hour before guests were due to arrive (“so nice to meet you, but we’re rather busy at the moment…”, “oh, I’ll just stay and chat for a bit…”), the full blender that I managed to accidentally turn on, sans lid…the frosting that outright refused to thicken, and a certain variety of cupcake; moist and lovely the night before, but glued to the liners by morning (one child actually returned his to me declaring that it “didn’t work”), a pinata that refused to die, in a too small room with a too long stick, and a whole, whole lot of noise (quite a bit more then several of the adults could stomach to be honest). But there was also a lot of sledding and a lot of laughing, and a lot of friends that we haven’t seen in a long time, all together at last. The kids had tons of fun and amazingly few things broke, so I’d say it was a success. One eight year old approached me at the end of the day, looking very earnest indeed, and said in a confiding sort of tone, “I just wanted you to know that this was probably one of the top three parties I’ve ever been to.” So there you have it!


Brownies and double chocolate cake in a woodland night theme.

I looked more into those India Tree natural food colorings and in my irritation at the price ($30 for food coloring? Seriously??), decided to get creative and come up with my own: blueberries, strawberries, bee pollen, and (don’t tell the kids!) spinach.


A bunny carrot cake with lots of fruit and cupcakes topped with “rosebuds” (raspberries and mint leaves).

The bunny cake was not my best work. I’ve made much nicer, but it was thrown together at the last minute (see “mishaps” above) and I didn’t have enough frosting to do it right (and the frosting that I did have wasn’t really the right consistency, again, see above.) and I never did find those toothpicks that I was going to use for whiskers…

I’ll be back with another home made Christmas post tomorrow!

10 thoughts on “A His and Hers Birthday Celebration

  1. Anonymous

    Wow – I bet you're going to sleep the whole next week hey? SKye came behind me when I was reading just now and was all shocked "OMG! IS that a real rabbit?????" SIlly girl – I thought you might feel better to at least know that it was quite obviously a rabbit ;) The cakes look awesome :) (Heather)

  2. cecilia

    the woodlands cake is magical!!! personally, i am partial to the bunny and little rosebud cupcakes tho :)
    sounds like a wonderful celebration all around~

  3. Julian

    wow, you are so talented with everything. My 11 year old daughter was called rosebud:) Never would of thought to use NATURAL food coloring… (spinach and berries) how awesome is that?
    Know that bubble blowin boy, and that precious little girl love ALL of it! (even the spinach)

  4. Suzanne

    I think your desserts looked just lovely! And I have those dyes to use for my Asperger's daughter who is sensitive to all dyes–they are certainly overpriced:-)

  5. Sara

    Just stumbled along your blog yesterday, and really enjoy reading it. Thank you for sharing with everyone. Your home is lovely, remindes me of our family's cabin in New Mexico, and I am missing it :)

    Happiest of birthdays to your son :)


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