Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Today my baby turns one. A year ago I had this prescious little bundle...

...and now I have a curious, brown-eyed, trouble-making, armful of cuteness.

We had a birthday party for him over the weekend at my parents' house. It was a bird theme - I made a birdhouse cake and little bird's nest cupcakes.

The cake was...well, troublesome. In hindsight, I should have ditched the cream cheese frosting (it was a carrot cake) for something more solid, and I should have chosen a light color for the birdhouse. It was supposed to be burgundy and after many rounds of adding coloring, I finally gave in to what was a pinkish house because it was taking waaaay too long. (Enter guilt for making my son's first birthday cake pink.) I think the bird's nests, however, were absolutely adorable. The whole thing probably would have been a failure if it weren't for the help of my sister who has been doing her kids' birthday cakes for 13 years now.

Finn absolutely enjoyed his cupcake, including the little nest bits.

He ate every bit that wasn't lost in his highchair.

I also got these warbling bird whistles as favors for the kids at the party. I just loved these when I was little.

And here is the birthday garlard that I made:

A crappy picture...I know. If I get a chance I'll do some more in a follow-up. Anyway, this is something I will use over and over again. I can't take credit for the idea - I saw it here at Mahar Drygoods some time ago and have been planning to make one ever since. I just added the birds to the ends for this year. I think the supplies cost me less than $6, so definitely worth it and fun to make.


Amy said...

The cupcakes are adorable and happy birthday Finn!

And, at least on my screen, the birdhouse looks red (not pink). ;-)

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday Finn!!

i agree with Amy, my computer showed me a very red cake. I say photoshop the origional and relieve yourself from the guilt :o) I love the bird theme too, those cupcakes are darling!

cara said...

happy birthday Finn! the cupcakes are so cute and so is the banner!

i agree with the others, the cake doesn't look pink to me either - great design!

Annie and Greg said...

Happy birthday Finn!! You guys will definitely have to come over again soon to play, once we get a little more settled. You did a great job on the cake and I love the little cupcakes!!

RD said...

aww... happy birthday Finn! He (and the cupcakes) are downright adorable!