Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Birthday cakes galore!!

No sewing yet, but I did pick up my sewing machine today, bought more fabric, and cut out sundresses and bonnets. Sewing will start tomorrow.

As I told you in my last post, we went to the NE to help celebrate our Kellen's 9th and our Little Man's 1st birthdays, and when we got home we celebrated my mother's 85th.
Kellen started out with a kids' party. Her mom, my DD, and my DD's friend made this cupcake snake. It was a safari themed birthday party. The house was transformed into a jungle. I wouldn't have been surprised to see Tarzan and Jane jump through the vines hanging from the ceiling!!!

For the grownup family party the cake was a three tiered animal print cake. The first layer had a peacock feather design, the second, a zebra striped motif, and the top was a cheetah coat. There were snakes twined around all three layers. These cakes tasted as good as they looked. It was sad to see them cut into, though.

Then there was the HEE HAW themed party for Little Man. His mom, another of my DDs, made Grandpa's banjo. How many of you remember Hee Haw? I do. It was a really funny show. It used to bother me to think that people from other regions of the country really thought that was how it was in the South, though. The Beverly Hillbillies didn't help our image much either, right? Back to the cake, this cake was actually pretty healthy in that my DD made it with sweet potatoes rather than butter. Yummy! She made biscuits with the sweet potatoes, too. The party was complete with pulled pork BBQ and all the fixin's, a Ball Jar penny candy center piece, etc.... Really fun.

Mother's cake was a traditional bakery cake that my sister bought. She and I did not consult each other about colors or anything, but we both know that Mother likes lavender, so the cake matched the plates, cups, etc... that I bought exactly. You can see part of one of the plates in the photo. Notice that one of my great nieces, whose mom and dad, surprised us by coming to the party from SC, had to have a piece of the cake before I got a photo of it. No problem. I didn't blame her, it really did taste good. Mother had a good time. Lots of her friends sent her cards and several visited her while I was out of town.


Rachel said...

I just love those cakes!!! The snake is my favorite.

gwensews said...

Wow Julia--that's a whole lotta cakes! Love the snake--I imagine the kids got a kick out of it!

Gail said...

That snake cake is amazing. Its my big 0 b'day today so I'll take a virtual bite!

Trudy Callan said...

I remember Hee Haw. That was a fun show. And it looks like that was some fun party.


quer|elastisch Sabine Sprotte said...

What amazing cakes.
You Americans are crazy!!!
I love the guitar.

"julia's sew sweet ..."
maybe you should rename to "julia's sweet pastries ..."

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window dressing said...

You're right, the cakes do look too good to eat. Love the last one though with the piece missing. Too cute!!

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