Barnyard Birthday Bash!

It had been a while since I’d done a big cake, so I jumped at the chance to help my friend Emily by making her son’s first birthday cake! Since it was a barnyard theme, I got to try something new and sculpt all of these adorable little animal babies! For his smash cake (cake all of his own that he could baby drool on) I made a little hay bale with his name and a baby cow. IMG_9706 IMG_9702

To continue the barnyard theme I appliqued these adorable overalls for him to wear! IMG_9630 IMG_9638 IMG_9632


Tea Party

The other day Gentry turned 10 and wanted to have a tea party to celebrate! Being a lover of tea parties, I volunteered my services and my extra living room.

I made the invitations, with some inspiration from Pinterest. They are printed on velum and sewn to a piece of card-stock. I’ve seen variations of this that are filled with large confetti or sewn to fabric instead of paper. Next time I would like to sew the vellum to a bold printed fabric, maybe chevrons or polka dots! It is very easy to do (just straight stitching), and it gives you invitations some depth without having to worry about the glue wrinkling your paper or the tape showing. I do recommend turning up your stitch length just a bit, otherwise you will get a perforated line that might tear. I think I used a 3.5 length.

The table is set with some china I’ve had forever (and never used until the wedding). The cake is fun-fetti (for those discriminating tastes) covered in fancy pearl sprinkles, to make it worthy of such an elegant occasion. We got the biscotti and spiral sandwiches from the grocery store. The bunting is made from paper triangles and Vickie (Gentry’s mom) managed to print “HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY GENTRY” on them. This amazes me, because I fail at lining things up on the printer (no patience). I used a leftover lace table cloth, tied some tulle on the chairs, and voila! Instant tea party. With two people working, this only took a morning to put together (not counting the trip to the grocery store and a few other miscellaneous things we did beforehand).

The girls loved the game I found on Pinterest called “Kiss the Frog Prince.” It is just pin the tail on the donkey, but you put lipstick on the girls and they have to actually kiss the frog while blindfolded! The hansom prince was drawn by my hansom prince/ artist in residence, Spencer the magnificent.

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