|my favorites are the dark purple icing|
|watching DC Cupcakes came in handy a little bit|
|happy school birthday, Abby!|
Phew...I made those cupcakes just a day after Alex's birthday party, so my house was overflowing with cupcakes. I was a little cupcaked out, but I loved how they looked and was pretty proud of my effort--and Abby was correct on the date for her school party, so I didn't show up in her classroom with cupcakes for no reason!
Abby's next birthday celebration was supposed to be at the playground near our house on her actual birthday--because we were having her big party out at my parents' house (an hour from where we live), I wanted to have a local get-together for her school and neighborhood friends. I sent out invites in her backpack before school ended, and even though it called for making more cupcakes, I was excited to have a fun outdoor activity with my girl and her friends.
|cute invite--and it did include an RSVP and more info on a location!|
Abby handed out something like 25 invites, but it seemed like the timing might not be great for the celebration--a lot of our neighbors were going to be out of town or have moved by that day, so I was hoping her school friends would come through. By the RSVP deadline, only one neighbor had responded that they would be there...hmmm. I was really worried that Abby would get her hopes up for a big morning of fun with her friends at the playground, only to have very few people show up. I tried to prep her for a small playdate (although I was hopeful that some folks would just come without RSVPing), and she was excited to see the family who had RSVP'd. Unfortunately, this celebration had to get cancelled at the last minute when I got terribly sick out at my sister's house--so I have no idea if folks from school wandered around the playground looking for us that morning... To make up for my ruining her special day, my mom and sister sprang into action and put together a fun morning celebration at my sister's house when Abby woke up on her birthday!
|presents for the birthday girl!|
|Grandma came to the cupcake rescue!|
We came back to our own house the afternoon of Abby's birthday, and had one day at home before we went back out to stay at my parents' house...this time, to prep for Abby's big birthday party! I had chosen a cake design for Abby's Rapunzel party theme by doing a Google search--I looked for a cake that looked simple and fun. I found one on this blog, and thought it was something I could do! It was a pretty straightforward design--one large round cake (for the "water"), a smaller round cake (for the "grass"), and a cute tower made out of cupcakes!
|the water layer|
|grass layer on top!|
|building the cupcake tower|
|the finished cake!|
The cake wasn't too hard (to check out my previous cakes, click here)--I did spend a few hours on it, and my mom helped tremendously (as always!) by making the icing and colors for me, but it wasn't a stressful experience. Abby loved her cake, too!
|the birthday girl with her cake at the party|
Happy birthday to my sweet girl! :) The party was great fun, and guess who made a surprise appearance?? Rapunzel herself! :)
|Rapunzel with Abby|