|my sweet 3-year-old at his party|
We just had a small get-together for him after Abby's dance recital--it was mostly family, since folks came to the recital to see Abby and then just came over to our house afterward for cake and ice cream. I say "small get-together," but nothing is ever really small with my family! All 7 cousins were running around, plus all the adults--it was chaotic and fun in our little house. My mom came to stay a few days prior to the party, to help out with all Abby's dance recital prep stuff, and also to help me with the cake--she and I are an unstoppable cake-making machine! (Click here for a rundown of every birthday cake I've made for the kids up until now!)
For the Thomas theme, I wanted to make a Thomas birthday cake--but not the same one I made for Jake's 3rd birthday in 2012, because it's no fun to repeat cakes! Thankfully, Wilton has a new Thomas cake pan--they didn't have an available, current Thomas pan when I made Jake's cake, so I had to order their old pan used off ebay in 2012 for Jake's cake. It was fine, but it was a very complicated cake--Thomas' whole body, and he has a lot of lines and detail that were hard to get right with icing!
|Jake's 3rd Birthday Thomas cake in 2012|
The new Thomas cake pan is more straightforward (literally and figuratively--Thomas is facing straight forward, so you don't have to do all his bodywork with the new cake!). Still a time-consuming cake, but not nearly as many starts and stops for me this time around.
|getting started--outlining done!|
|Thomas looks good in blue|
|never underestimate the difficulty of piping stars on the side of a cake|
I probably spent 5 hours icing the cake, off and on while also doing meals and getting the kids down to bed. I don't know if I'm getting older and therefore less steady with a piping bag, or if I was just tired, but I felt a bit shaky while icing all those stars. I guess that's to be expected after 5 hours of a cramped hand, but I've never noticed that problem before. I'm just glad that the stars mask any imperfections caused by a shaky hand! I think Thomas turned out pretty well:
|in his glory at the party :)|
|my birthday boy!|
We had a lot of fun and a great celebration of Alex's 3rd birthday! Now to regroup and prepare for Abby's 7th birthday in just a few days--their birthdays are 11 days apart, but I always try to plan their parties with 2 weeks in between so that I have more time to recover between cakes! If I was a really smart mommy, I would just move Alex's birthday celebration back to March every year to make my June less crazy--but I wouldn't trade my sweet June babies, even for a less-hectic month of birthdays! Happy 3rd Birthday to my totally adorable, totally stubborn, sweet boy!