Monday, June 13, 2011

Birthday...party of one...

This may come as a big shock to all of you, but apparently, I know myself better than anyone else on the planet. My daughter turned ONE last week. I knew it was coming for quite a while. I started planning months out. I got really into the color theme of navy, white, and yellow. And then.... (just as I KNEW I would, I might add) I got tired of it. And switched to red and white days before the party. And by "party" I mean, regular old evening spent with her parents and big brother except this time she got to eat all the cake she wanted and got actual presents that were for HER and not hand-me-downs from her brother.

So, if you remember...I had originally planned something like THIS. 

And she ended up with THIS. I tell myself that it's okay because she's only one and she doesn't care what her cake looks like as long as it tastes good and she gets to eat as much as she likes. And I tell myself that I still love her just as much as I would if I had made her a giant cake that took days and days. And I tell myself that when she is 34 and going through some personal identity crisis that it won't at all be related to the fact that she didn't feel loved and adored because she didn't get a huge decorated cake on her first birthday like every other loved and adored child in the world does. I tell myself that she will have personal issues years down the road because I let her burn her tiny little finger on her very first birthday candle** -- but not because of the size of the cake.

Even though the "party" was tiny. I still had to coordinate things. And match colors. And have candy. I can't help it.  Although, I'm a little weirded out by the droopy strawberry cake. In fact, if you were really my friend you wouldn't even be looking at this picture in the first place. 

Seriously, stop looking at it. 

In my defense (because it's really important to me that you not judge my strawberry and cream  cake making abilities without ALL the facts)...I had to make it with frozen strawberries. Okay. Go ahead and judge now. Thanks for hearing me out.




** True Story. I really do need to work on my "mothering skills."  Do they offer some kind of  How-To class for mothers before they have to put together a first birthday party? Maybe a support group or something?

14 comments:

neve di marzo said...

meraviglioso il tuo blog,compliments!

NutfreeMom said...

You crack me up everytime! I love that you still went through the effort of coordinating and making a special event for your family. Even if that cake is droopy, I bet it tasted great.

lizy b said...

I always love your stories!!
The cake looks fabulous! For the record, I think strawberry and cream cakes should definitely be a little drippy...means they taste good!
And I bet she loved it!

Rita said...

I think the drippy strawberry cake looks delicious!
And I doubt she'll have any long term effects from burning her fingers on her candle. Consider it a life lesson for her :)
Happy birthday little one! x
(my miss 2 turned 2 yesterday!( 13th June :D)

Rita said...

P.S. Most loved and adored kids in the world would be stoked with a cake that their mumma made! I was just talking to my mum about the amazing cakes she used to make us for our birthdays, and could hear her and dad both snickering in the background. Apparently they weren't that crash hot... but to me they were the most beautiful works of art ever!

Nisson Family said...

I love it! I love strawberry shortcake, which this kinda looks like, it's so refreshing. you are an amazing mom so don't stress about that at all!

Pam

Sue said...

You are so funny:). I think the stacked strawberry cake looks so delicious! I"d love some!

Natalie said...

You make me laugh! And for the record - My mum never ever baked me a cake in my whole life - not even a cupcake! And I am normal ....well my mum thinks I am he he. My son and hubby know full well how crackers I am, and its my best feature!
Can I have that cake?? It look sooooo yum. Hey how about calling it shabby chic? That would well work. Anyway, I would be very tempted to buy it, it looks soooo yum!

The Cookie Corner said...

Oh my! The cake looks so darn good! No judging here!

Minnie Kitchen said...

what a fun and inspirational blog! love it!

Susie said...

I love this cake. I love making any birthday cake! I dropped a link to you on my blog since I was so enamored with your cookies, I had to try...

Haniela said...

you are so funny!
I love it, give me a spoon I need a CAKE.
it looks delicious.

SweetSugarBelle said...

Let me say, this looks like something off of cannelle et vanille or one of those amazing foodie blogs...not simple or not amazing, JUST SO very beautiful!

Glora said...

Ooh, I LOVE strawberry shortcake. Who cares if it is drizzling down the side a little. YUMMY! You are amazing! Hugs- Glora

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