Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

Birthday festivities continued (plus…crafting!) April 12, 2009

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 10:36 pm

M’s joint birthday party with a 2 year old friend was on Saturday at H’s house. The rain was not enough to deter eager easter egg hunters and H’s family did an amazing job cooking and decorating. I made a few contributions as well.

On Thursday we dyed eggs according to a tutorial from Lolly Chops. I had never blown out eggs before, and am in no hurry to do it again anytime soon. They did however look lovely on a quince branch:








Other decorations included some paper butterflies cut out using my Xyron wishblade and wheatgrass and paper flower plots made by H’s son:








Food included puff pastry wrapped brie, multiple scones from Beth Hensperger’s Quick Breads, and my easter standby of bunny buns (from here).








I somehow don’t have a shot of the amazing cupcakes that H and her sister made, but they also made M’s birthday cake and it was gorgeous…and deeeeelicious.











Many, many thanks for H for hosting, setting up, cleaning up, and doing the bulk of the cooking and planning for the party. So great to celebrate with friends. We hung around (hopefully not too long??) after the party as M wanted to explore their deck and attempt to eat chocolate eggs.











Once back home, we hit the local playground to soak up the last of the surprise sun.


















And, um, not to toot my own horn or anything (TOOT TOOT) but I made each of the girls’ dresses—M’s from a Butterick pattern and C’s from a Simplicity. M’s was a bit small (bought the wrong size pattern) but did have a matching bum cover. C’s was a big hit (good thing, as we had a few arguments over coordinating fabrics and choosing buttons). If you look at them close up, there are many errors (gathers uneven, considerable trouble with the iron on facing, button holes through multiple layers, and bias tape facing on M’s dress), but such is life. (And M’s sweater is one I knit before Christmas, seen in some earlier photos here.)

Closing with possibly my favorite photo from the weekend…answering the question, From whom does M get her blue eyes?


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