Sunday, August 7, 2011

Beach Birthday Party Fun

I made the babes a birthday banner to hang so the party peoples could find us! (I made it reversible the other side has no letters so I can hang it up in her bedroom)


The cake. In my previous post you saw my cake inspiration and the cake fail (here is a picture to remind you of the fail). Note to those who did not read the previous post - do not try and do an ombre cake with berries for dye. you will get a pukey looking color (although delightfully flavored cake!)

After the cake fail I got some proper food coloring - the good stuff that is high concentrate. These are my 4 layers of baked cake 

assembled:  

And finally the finished product! I LOVE how it turned out and everyone seemed impressed with my fancy cake! (which made me happy - although maybe I probably should have just gone with the "wow that must have been so difficult" comments instead of explaining how simple it really was). I even made a little bunting banner for the cake.

Isn't it beautiful!

The babes enjoyed the cake! (and yes, my girl has a 2piece. I know many parents are anti-2piece... and I would probably do a 1piece more often but diaper changes with a wet swimsuit are difficult! I remember as a kid being in tears trying to get my wet bathing suit off before I wet myself. those things are like glue when wet)

My family, myself, the babes, and the husband (our child likely won't ever be a football quarterback)

The babes loved the beach and spent the entire day walking on the sand and playing in the water with us, and enjoying cake and presents and all our friends and family that came out to celebrate with us!

We had a picture spot set up 

The babes LOVED her modest mermaid doll I made her - yay! She showed it off to people and gave it lots of hugs!

the birthday dress I made her! (I was excited when people asked me where I bought it - as anyone who sews knows this is quite a compliment!) For you sewists out there I have a tutorial made and ready to go for this dress that will be out on the 10th of august!

Our thank-you favors for the kids were mini beach balls! I was happy to have a themed favor and I only forgot to give to one person who left a little early (but don't feel to badly for that child - I have one set aside for her!) 


and now my darling babes is one year old. I am looking forward to this next year, and hoping it doesn't fly by quite as quickly as the last!

14 comments:

Danielle said...

The Cake looks awesome!

Mita Adindayu said...

cute baby! and you're so creative to made a layer cake. love the color :)

Siobhan aka Kiwivandal said...

great ruffle butt bathing suit, and that cake is AWESOME! Hi from your newest follower!

Tanya Anurag said...

That is so much fun. I loved the cake. About the 2-piece swimsuits... I think little girls look really cute in that, just like your sweet princess :)

I am hosting my first link-up party - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. Would be glad to see some of your awesome posts there. See ya at the party.

http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/celebrating-one-party-time.html

Simran said...

Wow! The cake looks yummm! The colours of the layers are spot on and look beautiful with the white icing. As for the birthday dress I would have thought it is store bought if you hadn't told me. Great job Jen! And thanks for dropping by :)

love, mj said...

How cute!

BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} said...

Fabulous cake!! I absolutely adore it!! What a fun party!!

Tanya Anurag said...

Thanks for linking. The party for this week - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner - is on. Hope to see you there with latest posts.
http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-2-and-features.html

Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} said...

I love how this party turned out and the cake is amazing! I found you from the Tatertots and Jello Link Party. :)

Katie
Sweet Rose Studio
www.sweetrosestudio.com

Alicia said...

Wow! That cake IS amazing!! Great party!

Jaime said...

This is so awesome!! I'd love for you to link it up at Wow Me Wednesday!!

http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/

Good Girl Gone Green said...

what a cutie! Love the colors of the cake!

Jordan McCollum said...

Awesome job on the cake, and what cute ideas! I have two daughters with summer birthdays, and we just got back from a beach trip which they loved. I'm sure we'll be using some of these ideas some day!

Here from Six Sisters' Stuff.

Unknown said...

I ran across your blog while looking for birthday cake ideas...I love how the ombre cake turned out! Would you mind sharing how much food coloring you put in each layer? Do you remember?

Thanks! Janna