Sep 21 2014

We Love Lucy: A first Birthday Party

The first birthday has come and gone!  We are very thankful (that it has come and gone) but also for the many people that came and celebrated with us.  I always said that birthday parties would be small and simple but we really felt in this case we needed to do something special to thank all the people that have helped us in the last year.  What better way to thank people, than to load them up with homemade sugary treats?  If there’s one domestic ability that I am confident in, it’s my ability to make fabulous desserts, so a dessert party was obvious.  Since Lucy basically still doesn’t eat, I wasn’t worried about really making things that were baby friendly because she would just throw them on the ground anyway!

My “theme” (if you can call it that) started from a print that I made that is in Lucy’s bedroom that says “I love Lucy”.  We used the hashtag “we love lucy” when instagramming when she was first born and going through hospital stuff, although I stopped because a million other people used it too. Because Lucy is also a heart baby, I loved the idea of incorporating hearts into it.  I picked a colour palette of pink, red and gold (although the pink, as per usual, took over).

The weather was perfect–if not maybe a touch too warm for myself and my porcelain daughter.  But everyone else seemed to really enjoy it.

In all, it was pretty budget friendly since everything was handmade with a lot of supplies from the dollar store.

I drew and cut out the letters that made the “We Love Lucy” sign out of glitter vinyl, and they were strung together with fishing wire.  The streamer backdrop was just draped and stapled over twine.  The pom-poms were made out of dollar store tissue paper (lots of tutorials on Pinterest for that).

The birthday cake I was extra proud of.  I’ve always loved baking cakes, but decorating cakes has always been a bit of a mystery.  I always stick with simple decoration to save me from disaster!  This was a four layer red to white velvet ombre cake.  For the heart I used a cookie cutter as a stencil and put sprinkles on it.  The pendant banner was a quick project and is just craft paper and twine.

(…and there was only one piece left, so that’s a good sign!)

The cupcakes were made by my mom and decorated by me.  They were vanilla with raspberry filling, or lemon filling.  I made the heart picks myself out of glitter vinyl.  Oh, and PS: that “make your own glitter sprinkles” DIY that is so popular on Pinterest, doesn’t work.  It just looks like coloured sugar.  Oh well.

Lucy’s “smash cake” was just simply a box cake that I didn’t care about because I knew that she would either A) throw it on the ground or B) not even want to touch it.  It was mainly so that we could put something in front of her while we sang.  I made the “1″ pick myself out of glitter vinyl.

Homemade sugar cookies with royal icing.

(Left) Homemade Chocolate Raspberry Truffles (made by my mom) and (center) homemade red velvet cookies.

Chocolate dipped pretzels!  A Pinterest win!! So easy and pretty too!

Dave’s contribution to the food was sweet and salty kettle corn that we served in cupcake cups.  A favourite in our household.

 

I bought inexpensive flowers (carnations and baby’s breath), and used the ever popular and cheap mason jars for vases.  I sprayed a bunch of them gold and it looked really sharp!




I set out a table for gifts with a picture that I made of Lucy with her  milestones.  Her first pair of tiny Minimocs are there, with a rag doll that I made her for Christmas (that has a matching dress that I made to what she was wearing that day)

We planned on having a lot more balloons, but they just started exploding all over the place!  We think it’s because they were dollar store balloons, plus it was warm.

I hung up pictures from the last year with clothespins that I put sparkly red hearts on.  An easy and simple project.

Here’s Lucy getting “Happy Birthday” sung to her!  She was weirded out.

That icing on her face was my doing.  I really wanted her to at least try!

Eventually, once the crowd disappeared she touched the cake.

…but didn’t like how that felt.

Trying out her new rocking horse from mommy and daddy!  It was scary at first, but then when no one was looking she got in to it.

A card with animals on it!  Her favourite!

Her tambourine, which is a new favourite.  I have no problem with that kind of sound!  As long as it promotes creativity and isn’t a loop of digital sounding kids music I’m happy.

We asked for books for her birthday, and we sure got a good haul!  I’m so happy that we received such lovely gifts for her.

Testing the rocking horse when the crowd stopped paying attention.

Lucy’s dress was designed and made by me a few months ago–for Easter, actually!  But it was too big and too cold for her to really wear it.  I did have to let the elastic in the waistband out a bit for her to wear it for her birthday, but other than that it fit her really well.

And that’s it!  Wow!  I feel like this is as much as I would post about a wedding.  We are definitely exhausted after the day and will probably never do something as elaborate as this again–but–it was fun to be able to plan the event and see it come in to fruition!  Here’s to one year survived!



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Mar 1 2012

carrot cake. (AKA the best carrot cake in the universe)


Dave and I have this thing…whenever we manage to perfect a recipe, it goes in a book and it is titled as what it is, with the following in parenthesis: “(aka the best _______ in the universe)”.
For the past 7 years, I have been making the same cake for Dave’s birthday. It is honest to goodness…the best carrot cake. Period.
For his 30th this year I doubled the recipe, doing each in a spring form, and then stacking them with a layer of cream cheese icing in the middle. (We had to feed a lot of people) It was HUGE. We weighed it just before the guests arrived, and it came in at 10lbs 2.8oz. Holy crap…more than most newborn babies.
But…was it ever good.
So…(and I don’t usually do this) I decided to share the recipe with carrot cake lovers of the world (and possibly convert a few non-carrot cake lovers). Without further ado…

CARROT CAKE.
(aka the best carrot cake in the universe)

This is the NON doubled version. Fits ONE regular sized spring form pan.

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher coarse salt
1 cup olive oil (this is the weird one…and make sure it is NOT extra virgin…unless you want it to taste…um…special)
4 eggs
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
3 cups finely grated carrots

Mix dry ingredients together. Add oil, eggs and grated carrots and mix well between each ingredient. Bake at 350F for about an hour. Test the center with a toothpick. If it comes out dry, then the cake is done. It is best to let the cake rest for a day in the fridge–it tastes a lot better the next day.

For the icing, it is very simple:

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend together until smooth.

Eat. Enjoy. (Like I really had to tell you that though.)

PS: Yes, that is Star Wars lego next to Daves birthday cake. Those were his decorations.

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Jan 29 2012

bits + pieces

A fellow blogger I follow does a weekly feature called “Bits + Pieces” and lately has been encouraging other readers to do the same and share (Check out her blog here: “Bleubird Vintage”). It’s just a simple post, with a few snippets from the day. Yesterday was my youngest nieces 3rd birthday party. We celebrated in style with cheese, crackers, popsicles and a butterfly cake.

I LOVE this shot of Dave and my nephew Markus.  It’s a keeper.  (It’s also rare that Markus gives me a real smile and not a dragon face when I take his picture)

I made Elora’s birthday present out of bits and pieces. ;)

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Oct 13 2011

a little older.

I had a birthday yesterday. And subsequently, a party. :) I really love autumn and all that comes with it…so it was a cozy party with autumn food and we played ‘Apples to Apples’.

And wouldn’t you know it…I forgot to take pictures of the actual party. And I forgot to ask Dave to take a picture of me in my sweet little 70′s dress…such is life…

PS:
I also love birthday presents. Especially when they come in the form of vintage diamond rings. My husband is awesome.

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Jul 1 2011

happy canada day!


I wore my sweet new red gingham bathing suit from Mod Cloth, (with a skirt overtop, of course) and a prototype Chatty Budgies headband, with red lipstick in honour of my favourite countries birthday.
Happy Canada Day, everyone!
Huzzah for holidays! :)

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