Friday, November 30, 2012
My annual Twelve Recipes of Christmas will be here on Monday! I can't believe this will be my fifth (5th!) year of sharing favorite recipes with you. So please come back on Monday for my first recipe and on Tuesday for a little giveaway in celebration of my five years of Christmas recipes!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This year my husband and I are both turning 40. Our original plans were to not actually have a party for either of us, but to go away for 4-5 days (without kids!) while my Mom and Dad watched the kids. We have never gone away for more than a weekend since having the kids and it has been several years since we've even done that. Unfortunately, both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer this year. My Dad's prostate cancer was discovered first and successfully removed and his bill of health is excellent. Unfortunately my mom was diagnosed with stage IV inoperable liposarcoma in early August and passed away on September 16. It has been a difficult adjustment to life without her, and on top of that her birthday (would have been her 70th) was the day after my husband's 40th birthday.
I had to wrap my head around everything and so planning for Brendan's party was put off a little until I finally got in the mood to celebrate. When I finally did I had about three weeks to get everything together for a little family soiree. I decided on a DC superhero theme, as Brendan is a huge Batman and DC comics fan. I tried to make the theme both fun and not too juvenile.
What I finally came up with was a few neat decorations, a fun cake, and some themed drinks and snacks. My kids helped by making some posters and Emma even made herself a "Super Emma" costume that I somehow did not get a picture of. (In my defense, she took it off by the party, getting tired of tripping on her blanket cape.)
My first concern was the cake. I have a Wilton Batman pan and have made Brendan a Batman cake with it, so I felt he needed something bigger and better. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, but he told me to make what I wanted. So after much internet searching, I was inspired by this Cakes Infinity cake and made my own little version. The top two tiers are pumpkin spice cake with cinnamon buttercream filling. The bottom tier is chocolate chocolate chip cake. Vanilla buttercream frosting with marshmallow fondant decorations. My brother-in-law told me, "Best cake yet!" A pretty good endorsement!
|3-Tiered Batman Cake|
Next I made my husband's initials with paper mache letters from JoAnn Fabric. I painted them blue then used Mod Podge and some pages from an old Batman comic book to really personalize them. (And let me tell you - first time for using Mod Podge and I love it!)
|Superhero Party Table|