Last week was a week of celebrations for our family! Not only did I turn 32, but the baby of our family, Nolan, celebrated his 5th birthday, two days later.
In our family, we celebrate birthdays a little different. Until they start kindergarten, we don’t do big parties. We just celebrate with our immediate family. Let’s be real though. We have so many kids that it still feels like a party for anyone under 5 years of age. Once they start kindergarten, they get to do the big party and invite all their friends from school. After their 10th birthday they get to invite a few friends to go do something and then sleep over.
THE BIRTHDAY SWEETS
Nolan’s actual birthday was on Thursday. Since he had preschool that day, he wanted to bring in cupcakes to share with his class. I decided to keep these really simple. I made some cupcakes, put a little buttercream on top, along with a Paw Patrol ring, and that was it!
Thank God I kept the cupcakes simple, because what I thought was going to be an easy cake ended up being the cake from hell. Everything that could go wrong, did. I’m really surprised I didn’t just throw it out the window and run to the closest store to buy one. It could be the fact that our Friday was jammed packed with things, so I stayed up until 5 am that morning to work on it. It could also be because my cake decorating skills are rusty. Either way, I was so over this cake by the time I finished it.
You may look at that cake and think it looks perfectly fine, but I think it’s a disaster. It started with the fact that I couldn’t find my cake level, which meant I had to level it with a knife. It ended up being crooked. I figured it was ok, because I could hide that with the frosting, which also ended up being a complete disaster. Ok, no big deal, I’ll just hide that by covering the cake with fondant. Wrong AGAIN! Because the buttercream wasn’t smooth enough, the fondant ended up being pretty bumpy.
I ended up making the logo twice and still didn’t like the final outcome, but I wasn’t about to do it again. After I put the logo on, it still looked so plain that I decided to add the Dalmatian spots. My plan was for the border to be red, but apparently you need to pay attention to what color dye you are using. I had started out using red, but it was too light, so I picked up what I THOUGHT was the red dye. What I picked up was actually the black dye, which ended up resulting in a grey color. At that point, I was not in the mood to make more buttercream, so grey was what went on the cake.
I really thought the logo would be pretty easy, because I bought this cookie cutter set, but the fondant was not cooperating and the part that was supposed to indent PATROL kept getting stuck. I ended up just writing it with a toothpick. After all that, the birthday boy liked it and it was eaten by everyone, so I guess that’s all that matters.
Another tradition we have, in our family, is that the birthday child gets to pick where we go for dinner. Usually we end up at the hibachi place, and this time was no different. Nolan used to be scared of the fire, but now he says his favorite part is the volcano.
It also seems to be a tradition that the birthday child always catches the piece of broccoli, too. This time, everyone caught it, except for me. I’m going to blame it on the pomegranate and mango martinis I had.
The fact that Nolan managed to actually catch a piece of broccoli really surprised me. I even got a picture right after a piece hit him in the face. I decided not to share it, because it looks like we were torturing him and he was crying. He wasn’t, but that’s how it looked.
Dinner wouldn’t have been complete without the musical flower on top of the vanilla ice cream. Word of advice, never take that flower home, because the batteries never die and it will drive you crazy!
Do you have any special birthday traditions that you celebrate?