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Monday, August 11, 2008


birthday cake

a couple weeks ago we had my son's 4th birthday party. we have a *tiny* house, so we had planned an outside party, as we do every year. and every year it threatens to rain. and every year it doesn't. we never get GREAT weather, but we've never had downpours either.

until this year.

and of course this year we invited more folks than ever because this was the first time he had any real friends to invite. we invited his whole class. thankfully only a few could come!

not only did we have thunder, lightening and sheets of rain, but hail too! hooray! so, we had to cram everyone inside--after poor hubby had done a days worth of yard work AND set up a scavenger hunt-type game for all the kids to do.

so, not only were all the kids in our shoebox of a house, but we had nothing for them to do. thankfully we had asked for no gifts and instead for kids to bring a book for a book swap.

in the corner of the living room hubby and i huddled up and put our best improvisers caps on and devised a couple of quick activities for the kids.

first we had them all get into a circle on the floor and hubby passed a bell around. each kid got to ring the bell once. this got everyone silent. which was so nice. then my son got the party favors we made and gave them out one by one. to each guest he said, in such an earnest tone, "thank you for coming to my party." it was truly sweet. he gave out little buckets with various things inside. one of which was a small pouch tied with string containing 3 beach shells that we collected on our recent trip (see new header pic).

the big brainstorm was to have the kids paint their shells. we put down a sheet, got out paints, water and brushes and let them have at it. i also brought over our big basket of shells that we were keeping just for memory's sake. and i swear nearly every rock, shell and piece of sea glass got painted! it was adorable. and really fun for the kids, i think.

in keeping with the "theme" i made bb a sand castle ice cream cake using martha's recipe.(am i the only one who mourns the loss of her KIDS magazine? i found this in one of the few issues i saved) this prooved to be his most difficult cake yet. no likee working with ice cream molds. so, here is what i affectionately refer to the "sand adobe cake." luckily 4 year olds are *really* easily impressed.

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Blogger Pamela said...

Ain't that always the way! Well, you made the best out of it and that's all you can do. The cake looks great and I love the new header!

August 11, 2008 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Oh, I totally miss that magazine. It had the greatest crafts and recipes for parties. Sad, sad, sad. But the cake it really cute.

August 12, 2008 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger bakerchick103 said...

Bless your heart! I,too, have a tiny house, and 3 kiddos. Luckily my hubby is a volunteer firefighter and we can use the fire department(it's got an awesome kitchen) pretty much anytime we want. I feel for you! I I had to have bday parties in my house, I would only invite family. I couldnt fit anyone else!

August 13, 2008 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger K-Nut said...

Ooh--I love the book exchange idea! And such a cute cake! I'm glad it all worked out…as long as there's food, a party is never a failure. :)

August 18, 2008 at 12:14 AM  
Anonymous beth - total mom haircut said...

Oh, you put me to shame. I think it looks amazing:)

August 18, 2008 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Give a kid some paint and some rocks and it will keep them busy for hours! Love the cake! Looks like a lovely party in spite of the rain. :)

August 20, 2008 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

So cute!!!

I hope you read these..i keep trying to email you my cookie carnival link, but it says your email is too full!!

August 23, 2008 at 9:00 PM  

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