Sunday, April 1, 2012

Owl Party, Take One!

My littlest turned two!  I can hardly believe it.  We are officially past the baby phase at our house.  She is such a little person now, and with that number "2", I feel like I have to start letting go of considering her to be my baby.  She is already so independent and capable, and I have to remember to let her be the big girl she is!

Unfortunately, she has been sick all week, so we had to postpone her birthday party with her buddies.  But fear not, the grandparents saved the day by braving the germs and coming to celebrate with us on the actual anniversary of Little Sister's birth.

Two candles!
After The Boy's birthday cake debacle, I decided to buck up and bake and decorate my own cake for Little Sister's birthday.  She was having an owl theme party, and even though the real party isn't for another week, she had been so excited for her owl cake that I took the opportunity to give it a trial run. 
Look WHOOOO's having a birthday!
I used this yellow cake recipe from smitten kitchen, and was surprised at how tall the layers came out!  It made for a pretty impressive looking cake.  I made it the night before and refrigerated it overnight, and I wished I had pulled it out a bit earlier because it's definitely better once it gets back to room temp--it's a little too dense when it's even a little bit chilly.

For decorating, I just made this quick vanilla buttercream, put a little in a plastic bag for decorating, then put a few drops of red food coloring in so that Little Sister could have the pink owl she had requested.  For the chocolate icing, I made a 1/6th recipe of this instant fudge buttercream, also from smitten kitchen, and it was de. lish. ous.  Looking for an opportunity to frost an entire cake with this.  After frosting with the pink, I just used the white and chocolate frosting in plastic baggies with the corner snipped off to do the decorating.

We all sang to the birthday girl, although I took the candles out of the cake and held them up to her mouth for blowing them out, so she didn't spray her germs all over the cake. 
Happy birthday to you!
I used seedless marionberry jam for the filling.  The cake was a hit!

Yum!  Owl cake!
Sticking with our owl theme, both kids sported their owl shirts I had appliqued.  The Boy has had his for a while, but Little Sister got a new one just for this occasion. Hard to tell from the photo, but her owl has a "2" on its tummy.  These have rick rack legs and button eyes for embellishment.
Show me your bellies!
I should take some better pictures of this and post it separately (honestly, don't know if I'll get to it), but I made an apron for Little Sister following the same pattern I used for this apron I made for a friend.  The only difference was that I added a patch with her name embroidered on it.  It's definitely sized for a bigger kid (4+, I would say), but we can fold it around the middle and make it work. 
Recognize these legwarmers?  I love how they will fit for EVER.
 Little Sister refused to put on the matching chef's hat made from this free pattern (I used the toddler size), so I had to wear it.  I thought the apron could double as a dress-up chest item if it had the matching hat.  Tell you what--if I can get pictures of her wearing both items, I will make a separate post about it.

You sure you don't want to put this on?
 All in all, it was a nice low key celebration that included snuggles with grandparents:
Little Sister and Grandma Ann (with her new stuffed owl)
 Playing with big brother:
Bump those bellies!
More grandparent snuggles: 
Little Sister and Papa Jim
 And of course, opening presents.
Grandma Ann lends a hand
Uncle Matt gave Little Sister the cutest owl lunchbox--perfect for when she starts preschool in the fall!
 (Yes, she's starting preschool--deep breaths).
Papa Jim helps Little Sister read the card
The Boy quickly seized this awesome Melissa and Doug Vetrinarian dress-up set.  It's great quality, and even though it's more like a dress right now, Little Sister can totally put it on by herself and it will fit her for years.  Both kids have been playing with this ever since opening it, and I'm excited to use it  as a template to make more of this type of costume.  
Just Grandma listens to Little Sister's cough.

She also got the furniture to fill up the adorable "my first dollhouse" she got for Christmas.  It originally came with a refrigerator, dining room table and two chairs, and a toilet (you know, the important things), so she now has beds, a crib for the baby, couch, wardrobe, stroller, etc.  It even came with a Grandma. 

Presents for big brother, too!  Lucky duck. 
She had a lovely birthday, and we get to do it again next weekend!  Stay tuned for owl-themed party favors and games, and take two of the owl cake. 
That looks like a happy birthday girl to me!
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1 comment:

  1. Beth! I've been meaning to call all week! Forgive me, friend! I've been keeping myself quite busy. I can't believe Iris is two already! She IS such a big girl now. The cake was so cute - I've actually tried that recipe from SK before - yum. I love the owl theme, so excited to read about next week's kid party. Great apron and hat you made her. Love the fabric! Our daycare lady just got all of these M&D dress up outfits and the kids LOVE them. You can totally sew better and more interesting ones, I'm sure. How about "professional ping pong player?" Ha! It's late and I'm tired. Much love and kisses to you and Iris - two years together!


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