Noah’s Ark 5th Birthday Party

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My daughter is very into Noah’s Ark so when we asked what her birthday cake should be this year she exclaimed “an Ark!”  So we went about looking for an idea for an ark cake.  We were going to make a huge cake, shape it like a boat and put graham crackers all over it. I’m glad we didn’t!  This was so much easier, healthier and cuter!  My husband carved it and added some of their ark animals.  I can’t tell you how hard it was to find a big watermelon this time of year!  I went to every grocery store around and this was the best I could do. I guess $6 isn’t too bad for a watermelon in January!

We used bits of fabric on the table to tie in the rainbow theme.

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I went CRAZY with my Mom’s cricut and added animals anywhere I could. Dogs- Hot dogs, Duck-‘Quakers’, Cow-Cheese. We also had chips and macaroni salad.. didn’t have time to get too creative with those.

Drink: Lemon Lime Soda and kool aid ice cubes for some rainbow color.  We only mixed half the amount of water it called for on the kool aid packet and almost half the amount of sugar. As the cubes melted, the sprite was more and more flavored. YUM!

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Zebra Cakes

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Cauliflower and Dip

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Snake – Sour Gummy Worms – a big hit with the kids and adults alike.

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Animal cookies

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Giraffe necks – twizzlers            Polar Bear – Popcorn

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I wanted rainbow hellium balloons but didn’t want to spend much. So I got 1 multi color balloon pack at dollar tree that were missing the purple and then bought the purple at a party store.  I used white thread and tied them together and then taped them to the wall. Then hung ‘raindrops’  thanks to the cricut again with white thread from the archway. On the one side was each letter of her name and the other side, various photos of her.

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We also hung raindrops from the other archway.

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And a balloon ‘chandelier’ from the ceiling fan.  – Again, white thread tied all of the balloons together.

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Then animals down the chair rails!

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I was going to use small empty water bottles and let the kids fill them with skittles as ‘rainbow favors’ but as the days drew closer, her cousins got sick and were not going to be attending which took down the amount of children to so little that we decided the candy that we had at the party would suffice.

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One happy birthday girl!!!

 

Shabby Chic 1 Year Girl Birthday Party

I did a lot of web searching for ideas for my 1 year old’s birthday party. I wanted simple, but elegant.  Her middle name is Rose, and I love Shabby Chic… PERFECT!!  The cake was SUPER easy to do and cute.  I used baskets from my house for the decor.  I also went to the Christmas Tree shop for the first time that morning and found a wire plate holder for $5 and then purchased the plates for $2 each. The huge glass goblets were a yard sale find for $1 each a couple of years ago and I keep them in the attic for just such occasions. I also purchased the plastic table cover by the yard at JoAnnes so that I could put my quilt under it.

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Cheese and crackers, little fishies and cupcakes.  I used an antique glass bowl upside down as the cake holder.

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I didn’t have a cricut to use for the lettering, so I found a font I wanted online and printed out the letters I needed in the size I needed them in. I then flipped my decorative paper over to the backside and put the printed letter paper on top of it and used a pencil to ‘trace’ the letter.  It left an indent on the pretty paper where I needed to cut it out. Just a word to the wise… if you are tracing on top of the front of your decorative paper, you have to mirror your letter or it will be the wrong way when you cut it and flip it. I used thumb tacks to hang the ribbon on the wall and then clothespins to hang each of her monthly photos from newborn to 1 year.

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Two big pots of chicken corn noodle soup and 4 loaves of homemade bread and butter….. YUM!  Then a crock pot with hot dogs for the kids and picky eaters.  Finally a use for my MANY mason jars!  Piece of masking tape on each as a name tag and a punch bowl full of lemonaid.  We bought frozen strawberries and strawberry daiquiri mix and mixed it with a little lemonaid and then froze them in long plastic containers. Then we floated those in the punch bowl to make strawberry lemonaid.

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One very tired birthday girl!

 

Ballerina Music Box Cake

Last year my daughter was very into ballerina’s. Angelina ballerina to be specific. So we surprised her with this music box cake with a photo of herself in a tutu as the doll dancer.

Again we made the fondant ourselves:  http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm   It’s tasty and pretty easy to make.  It was two regular cake box cakes with icing in between and then covered in icing, with the fondant on top. We also put fondant on a piece of cardboard and my husband put skewers through the cardboard and into the cake to hold it on.  We used tin foil for the mirror and icing to attach it. My husband then piped icing on here and there to give the final touches. We printed the photo of her in her tutu and attached it to a thick metal wire and stuck it in the cake. She enjoyed ‘twirling’ her ballerina.

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Jonah and Nemo Birthday Cake

My little girl had a Jonah Birthday Party 2 years ago that was mixed with Nemo characters since that is her favorite bible story and her favorite movie.  We love to watch Cake Boss and decided to create our own crispy treat, fondant whale.  We made rice crispy treats like you normally do and then as it was still warm we molded it into the wale body. It took two batches and then a little time with a knife afterwards making it look more like a whale and less like the lochness monster! Then we smoothed buttercream icing all over it and carefully added the homemade fondant.

Both my husband and I have had our fair share of wedding cakes and do not like how the fondant tastes on cakes. Fondant is normally just meant as a pretty cover to cake and everyone peals it off and eats the cake.  We found a fondant recipe that is easy to make and uses marshmallows as the main ingredient.  We have used it many times since and love it. The lady that created this recipe has a great step by step guide.  http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm

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We also used Buddy’s famous recipe for the cream cheese pound cake and chocolate gonache filling.  Just for future reference… don’t bother… just use a regular pound cake recipe.  It cost way too much for all of the cream cheese, butter, heavy whipping cream etc, was way too rich and I cannot begin to imagine how bad it is for you.  Then regular butter cream icing dyed blue and some brown sugar for ‘dry land.’ I stiched up a robe for their little fisher price man and added a ribbon belt. We were going to add blue twizzlers coming out of his spout but we forgot and then ran out of time.  This was actually a pretty big cake, the picture doesn’t do it justice.