Birthday cakes are a fact of life around here. With 10 kids between Marc and I, a son-in-law, and three grandkids plus various friends we have birthdays nearly every month. Often they happen in multiples. Since my first child’s first birthday I have tried to make each birthday special and unique. Sometimes I don’t do so well and other times I do great – usually it is somewhere between the two.
Erin, my oldest daughter, is often part of the planning – she and I have worked together on parties for so long that it is almost second nature. When we were planning my step-daughter’s party just before Christmas we finally decides on a hippo theme. Christine loves hippos and collects them so it was almost a no brainer. The only problem was how to actually manipulate cake into the shape of a hippo.
I am not Duff Goldman. Nor do I have tons of time to make cakes. With a baked cake you should be able to complete this in about two hours. It took me an hour and a half. Continue reading
About 20 years ago, on the first Friday of December I unknowingly created a tradition that was to haunt me for the rest of my life. I made houses out of graham crackers, bought candy, and invited the kids friends over to decorate the “gingerbread” houses.
Since then I have only missed one party – and that was because of tremendous upheaval in my life. I hosted the 1998 party while in active labor with Sean – giving birth to him at home about 4 hours later. I have hosted parties with 30 children and I have hosted parties where the only ones in attendance were my own kids. Each one has been amazingly fun, but most of all, each has created a special memory for the kids that attended. A lot of those kids are parents now. Continue reading
What is a party with out a punch or two?
Even if you are having a genteel tea there is just something perfect about a vintage punch bowl brimming with a sparkly punch. This punch is surely fit for the Princess in your life and her entire entourage. Made with a sweet lavender syrup, it sparkles with gingerale and teases your tastebuds with tart lemon. If the party is all adults you can even add some flavored vodka.
The color is a delicate light violet and may vary depending on the lavender buds that you use. If yours seems a little too pale for your taste you can very carefully add a tiny bit of purple food color – and I mean a tiny bit! Continue reading