"Yes! Baby! Bunny! Birthday! Ball! She's so brilliant."
Like every great mom, I had forgotten all about baking her cake the day before her birthday. So, I got up early and did a whole bunch of math and guesswork to make her an individual-sized, dairy free, healthy-ish carrot cake with orange glaze. It tasted a little floury, but wasn't bad, considering. We had practiced blowing out the candle, although not with an actual flame. Turns out, that flickering orange guy is really tempting, and she felt she needed to grab it. Singed a bit, maybe, but she didn't even cry! I did have to scrape some melted wax off her tiny finger, though.:(
|Daddy helped her open presents.|
The next day was Sunday, 2 days before our son's actual 6th birthday. We had decided to throw a surprise party for him about 24 hours before he asked us to throw him a surprise party... despite that, he didn't suspect a thing.
He loves the show Wild Kratts on PBS (it's about wild animal adventures), so that was the theme for his party. On Etsy.com, I found (and actually purchased) a personalized Wild Kratts cake decoration on edible paper for less than $10!
|Add plastic jungle animals, sickeningly overpriced animal print candles, and you've got yourself a pretty amazing cake for <$20!|
|As is my wont, I forgot to take a picture when things looked best; before the streamers ripped and the other balloon bouquet disappeared, and the stuffed wild animals got played with.|
|He had plenty of help opening his gifts.|
The gifts were, again, generous and greatly enjoyed. The food was (mostly) consumed, the kids got along well with each other, and 6-yr-old had a really super time. He did ask afterward why we didn't tell him that we were throwing him a surprise party, and seemed a little confused about some of the ways we had tricked him.
"So, did you really go over there to run?"
"No, I went over there to set up the party."
"Why did you tell me you were going to run?"
"Because I didn't want you to know I was setting up the party."
"So you didn't go running at all?"
Not that most of us have much control over these things, but I do recommend not having your children's birthdays within 3 days of each other. It makes for a very stressful few days. I also advise you to be honest with yourself about your crafting abilities when you're trying to be thrifty and use Etsy.com for ideas rather than for purchases. And, if you need any help cutting paper into very simple shapes, you can count on me!
Has anyone ever surprised you with a party?
Best birthday party theme? Other than the obvious, "balloons", of course.