Monday, September 6, 2010

ladybugs and poodles and football, oh my!

Saturday was our big party day.  Since our kids' birthdays are so close together (all in 10 days!) we've combined the girls' parties for the past two years.  This year we added Tate to the mix too!

My mom stayed here last week and was a HUGE help with everything!
I don't know how much time she spent pulling pork Saturday morning, but I know it never would've gotten ready in time without her!  Thanks, mom!

Chad and my Dad set up a corner of the yard and blew up balloons and hung them from the trees.

The girls were geared up and ready for their cousins to arrive!

We started the celebration in the afternoon with Tate's first birthday cake that I slaved over.
Okay, so maybe "slaved over" can loosely be translated as "placed an order at the Target bakery and drove all the way over to the other side of town to pick it up and spent a whopping $1.99."  Seriously, if you ever need a little cake, order Target's jumbo cupcake and they'll decorate it for free!

He enjoyed his audience of 4 beautiful little girls who cheered him on.

And the results...
5 messy little fingers!  Which I think is the same as 5 stars!

He also loved his presents.

Then it was time for the girls' celebration.

Addie was talked into wanting decided she wanted a poodle cake.  And since Mommy had seen this one in Family Fun, I was up for the challenge.
Isn't she the cutest little 5 year old you ever did see?  :)

Oh, and did I hear you say you wanted to see that cake closer up?  Good, because you're going to.
It was a pretty easy cake to make although I ransacked 3 area grocery stores and their bakeries looking for a large "S-shaped" cookie for the ear.  Nothin'.  So my mom had the brilliant idea of just frosting a thick piece of cardboard and sticking it on.  Totally worked and nobody even noticed.

Since we didn't need two cakes, I decided to make Millie a ladybug ice cream "bombe" after seeing this pretty little creation in Family Fun magazine too.  It's made of raspberry sherbet and chocolate ice cream.  Yum!
She was pretty excited about it!  Gotta love that adorable big cheesy smile!  :)

Then it was present time for the girls!

These big dollies brought smiles to their faces.

And finally, we ended with a dinner of pulled pork, green beans with bacon and almond slices, potato casserole, tortilla chips and taco dip, grapes and M&Ms!

We had a lot of fun!  Although it makes for a big day, it is kinda nice having all three parties done in one day.  Now I have a whole year before I have to plan another one!  


peter marie said...

What a fun party!! Both of the cakes you made were absolutely adorable. Way to go!

Man, now that birthday season is over, what in the world are you going to do with your time?
Mall?? :)

Amy@My Front Porch said...

That poodle cake and ladybug you made are totally awesome!!

H-Mama said...

Combined parties are the best! Seriously. You rocked the cakes, girl! Great job! Those sweet smiles make it all worth it. :)

The Sneaky Mommy said...

Amazing cakes!!! The little birthday people look exceptionally happy and cute, too!