Friday, September 15, 2006

A domestic goddess wrinkle in time

Both of my babies were born in the middle of the summer. Alex being July 20, 96 and Cyan being July 13, 01. So we always plan and execute their birthday party together. They love it, because they both get to be very involved and enjoy the process of picking pieces to be in control of. This year, we did the Under the Sea theme. Alex really wanted a Sea Monster cake. It took me quite a while to figure out how to create the sea monster cake, but finally this was the result.

There are 15 candles on this monster (which was about 3 1/2 ft long) 5 for Cyan and 10 for Alex. I thought it turned out really well. The instructions I ended up finding were here:

I didn't cut out the centers of the cake because I knew we wouldn't have enough for the 30 people we had here. As it was, these 2 10inch rounds and 1 7inch round of chocolate cake with creamy butter icing were gone within moments... there were no seconds to be had. I didn't even get a piece (although I had plenty trying to get it all cut out just right. ;) ) It was delicious, and definitely had the effect that Alex wanted when everyone came in and were saying

"Ooooo... that is the coolest cake!"

Here are the invitations to that same party. I made port holes out of CD envelopes. They were SO super cute! They didn't go through the mail well for anyone who is searching for ideas for a 'under the sea' birthday party. But they would be great hand delivered, or perhaps stuck in another envelope for easy shipping. They are just sea landscapes, made out of puff paint, stickers, and glitter glue with sand, and then printed on the back with the invite information. I believe (as do my friends who are also crazy about parties like me) that the invitation sets the whole mood for the party. Weeks before hand, when a child opens a birthday invite, they see what lies ahead, and from that second... the party's on!



Lauren said...

Wow, that cake is incredibly cool!!!

Brie said...
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Brie said...

Oh I think I'm inspired to make Corrine's cake now...the ideas are starting in my head already!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Thanks guys! I sure had a good time making it. The party was a huge sucess thanks a lot to the help I had, and the enthusiasm of my sweet children. :D


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