Mar 29, 2010

Weekend of Carnivals and a Popcorn Birthday Cake

I think I might just sleep ALL this week. Oh I wish! What a weekend. We started with this fun little school volunteer project:

15 games signs
1 large clown
600 small pennant cut out, then stapled to endless feet of yarn
6 words made up of 29 letters hand painted no there is still no ink in my printer
sign up sheets
rolls of tape
and two days of volunteering later...

the school carnival is done. I may not be signing up for this next year I am just saying. AND the worst thing is, that I was in charge of taking pictures of the carnival for the school yearbook, so guess who didn't take pictures of her own kids...oh yeah that is me. Haha. 

With one carnival done, it was time for another. A MUCH better and more worthwhile one. 

Yesterday we had a family celebration for our littlest man's first birthday..which technically is tomorrow, he won't know.

We had a sweet little carnival themed birthday. 

We had polka dots, cake, cotton candy, hot dogs, nachos, all our carnival favorites. Our little man even had his own thing of popcorn, in cake form.

Popcorn Birthday Cake

This cake was my favorite part. I LOVE homemade marshmallow fondant. SO easy peasy to make AND it actually tastes good. Quick recipe...

Easy Peasy Marshmallow Fondant
this is a half recipe

1 10 oz bag of large marshmallows
2-3 TBS of water
4 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup shortening

Melt marshmallows and water in a large bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir every interval. It will take about 2 and a half minutes. When the marshmallows are melted, stir in 3 cups of powdered sugar and stir until hard to stir. Shortening up the counter, and LIBERALLY shortening up your hands...yes it will feel GROSS. Dump the marshmallows on the counter and knead in the rest of the powdered sugar. Keep kneading until it is a firm, smooth ball. 5-7 minutes. You can use right away, but it will be a little firmer if you wrap in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for a couple hours. 

Use gel food coloring and then use this for just about anything...AND it tastes GREAT.

I didn't want to make two cakes, so I made these cupcakes for the rest of us. Oh and by the way, they look cute, but I have learned that you shouldn't put the cotton candy on until right before serving...the frosting melts the cotton candy and that is not quite as cute.

Now the important stuff. Our little man...after all this was all for him.

What did he think of his little birthday celebration?

I am pretty sure he LOVED it.

What's not to like...cotton candy, good. Frosting, good. Cake, GOOD.

He had so much fun with the cake that we had to wash his clothes right away, which lead to glorious diaper time. Check out his belly full of cake.

I wasn't kidding when I said I might just sleep this whole week. BUT if you are lucky, I will remember to post this birthday hat how-to.


JasonDebbie said...

I always use marshmallow fondant too, but I never used the shortening, maybe thats why mine is always cracking!! And P.S- I totally got the "friends" hidden joke in there-GOOD! (at least I hope thats what you were trying to do! :) )

Celeste said...

I can't believe he's one! What a handsome little man! Happy birthday buddy!

p.s. I made two ties yesterday! Thank you so much for the pattern and instructions. Logan will look so good!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

I was TOTALLY quoting Friends! Good times.

Unknown said...

Super adorable party! Thanks for stopping by and giving blog luv ;o)

Kim @
party inspiration

Sheila said...

ADORABLE! Great job, mom!

Amy said...

Very cute! I have 3 birthdays coming up and I just might have to try out that fondant.

Amy said...

P.S. in my last post I used the word smarmy and thought of you...not at all because you are, but because I first heard that word from you.

ColleenandKendra said...

All of that was just for your FAMILY? Wow. What a lucky guy. And I think that picture of his wide open laughing face is about as cute as it gets! Go to sleep now.

Cinderella, the A-Train and Our Little Caboose said...

The pictures of Case are super cute. And your hair is getting long! Looks like fun.

Heidi Dyk said...

Wow! What an adorable party and an even more adorable one-year old! I hope you do get to catch up on sleep this week. You deserve it!

Leigh Anne Wilkes said...

What a cute birthday party!!! I'd love to have you as a party guest over at my party blog and feature your party- Let me know! Thanks! Leigh Anne @

Bird said...


You're kids are adorable, you are adorable, your cakes are adorable, your blog is adorable!!!

I'm so enjoying all of it!!!

I have to follow! :)



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