Friday, January 13, 2012

happy birthdays...

Da na na na na na, you say it's your birthday!
Da na na na na na, it's my birthday too yeah!

Literally.

It's that time of year in my house.  It's insanity, but we survived.

Jacob is SEVEN...

Saren is THREE...


I am (gulp) THIRTY-SIX...

 and Eddie is now FIVE...



In all the birthday preparation this year I discovered pre-packaged fondant, which allows even a hack like myself, to make some pretty cute cakes.  This was a good thing as my kids were pretty specific about what kind of cake they had in mind.




Jacob wanted a Gryffindor Harry Potter cake.  I stole the idea from this lady.

Saren wanted a "Jack Sparrow" cake.  On a side note, I am hoping her obsession with grungy, disheveled, non-conformist men ends before her dating years.  Anyway, I managed to talk her into pirate cupcakes...and ended up with these.  She was happy.







And Saren is the type you don't want to disappoint...or you get this look.



Eddie, was inspired when he saw a cake my cute cousin Lindsey posted on Facebook.  He was not going to settle for anything but an equally cool,  Angry Birds cake.  I'm not sure if I achieved one as professional as Lindsey's, but this is what I came up with. 



I kept having to make more birds, because Eddie wanted "the bomb one" and "the little blue one".  I had to explain to him I am not a Pixar animator, because he also wanted a score board to show him his points and one bird that could fly over the cake and drop an egg.  Despite not having those elements, Eddie loved it!  He even said, "This is awesome Mom!  You're the best!".  Mom SCORE!  








The other birthday surprise was that we had lots of family show up to party.  We rarely get a lot of company, so that was a lot of fun.  The kids loved seeing their cousins and I loved the company.




By the way, in true Merril fashion, my Dad saw this last picture and said "Look!  It's Lynda, Saren and Tom Selleck!"  Pretty solid.  It's been a fun two weeks.  And now I can relax, kind of.  I already told Dave, no theme cakes for his 40th in May.

3 comments:

kellyrass said...

You are the best cake maker in the neighborhood. I'm sure of it.

Julie said...

Cute, cute, cute! Happy Birthday to all of you! Now, tell me more about the pre-packaged fondant. I have some darth vader cupcakes I need to make for a three year old next week. (You can respond to this comment if you receive comments via email..just reply to the email and it will come straight to me.) Thanks, Melissa!

Lynda, the Mom said...

Awesome post and really cute cakes. Too bad you didn't get to choose some crazy theme for your cake. I think we already talked about this, but a special thank you for the breast cancer awareness bows on the little girl pirate cup cakes! You are the best!