Go ahead. Question my sanity. It was my idea to have a family get together where we celebrate 8 out of the 12 birthdays. Given how this year has gone from on emergency to another in the family and my sister in the middle of her recovery, there hasn’t been time to get together as a family!
I am sure I wasn’t the only one wondering what we were getting ourselves into. It’s one thing to all get together for a meal but another to get through all the presents and cake in a short amount of time. But it was a lovely day. The weather was gorgeous and the kids had a great time running about. I think the cutest thing was my three year old nephew getting a hold of the hose. This little peanut hosing down his wagon. And of course when he turned so did the water. We stayed out of range. :)
The tricky bit I had to sort out was the cake. Five of the birthdays were for the kids. Originally I planned on doing cupcakes but I just didn’t have the time to decorate individual cupcakes, it would be faster to do a cake. But how to do a cake for kids ranging from 3-14 without making it crowded or corny?
I really wanted each of them to be represented so it took me a couple of days to figure it out. The littlest one is majorly into Thomas the Train. He is just enthralled with the whole thing. My niece loves My Little Pony, my other nephew is into Pokemon, and my son thinks Olaf is the best thing since sliced bread. And of course my daughter who is becoming a young lady so she’s not into those types of things but she had to be represented somehow.
Thank goodness for the internet. A quick search leads to ideas on how to make a character so it actually looks like it. It’s one thing to freehand volcanoes and castles but I can’t screw up Olaf!
I also did the pokemon circle in gum paste but due to time constraints I went store bought for the rest. I don’t think I have the skills yet to do Thomas or My Little Pony.
We had a wonderful day of family, good food, and laughter. The best bit was my little nephew’s face when he realised it was Thomas on the cake. :)