Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Birthday Wrap Up

It was a busy weekend celebrating Imani's 10th Birthday.

I kicked off celebrations with the birthday mantel.  If you missed it, click here.

Imani wanted to have a Justin Bieber themed birthday sleep over this year.  I don't know what possessed me to say yes to a sleep over when I'm seven and a half month's pregnant, but I did.

There wasn't much sleep in this house over the weekend and it took me a couple of days to recover.

I didn't go crazy with decorations this year, like I have in year's past.


Like the time we turned our entire basement into Hogwarts from Harry Potter to host Imani's seventh birthday.


Or the time we drew out all of the Spongebob characters for Imani's eighth birthday.



Instead, I let Imani decorate by hanging up a bunch of Justin Bieber posters in the dining room.



I was so proud of myself for not going through and straightening them behind her.

We played some JB games (trivia, hot potato, word search), and there was a whole lot of singing "Baby"

over

and over

and over. 

I wasn't sure Jason was going to last, but he ended up retreating to the office nook and searching for coupons.   I think it's become somewhat therapeutic. 

No, I'm not joking.

We ended up having two parties -- one for family and one for friends, so naturally we had two cakes.

Imani wanted a Justin Bieber cake, and I was at a loss for how to make one.

She had written Justin Bieber a letter about a month ago inviting him to her party and told all of her friends that he just might show up, even though I prepared her that it was unlikely.


So Jason and I thought it would be fun to use a little photoshop to make it look like Imani and Justin did, in fact, meet.  We had the image scanned onto a cake at our local grocery store and surprised Imani with the cake for her sleepover.


Some of the girls thought he actually did come over before they got there because apparently, they hadn't heard of photoshop. 
Of course there was a lot of debate over who would get the slice that had JB's head on it. 
The birthday girl won.
For her family party, I decided I'd attempt to make a guitar cake, since Imani loves music so much.


I used the book "Cakes for Kids" that my sister in law bought for Imani last year. It's written by Matthew Mead and is filled with a ton of wonderful, creative cakes. 



I found this guitar cake that didn't look too complicated.




Imani said she wanted her guitar cake to be blue and purple (JB's favorite colors, of course). 


I'm no master at cake decorating by any means, but the cake looked like a guitar, so I was pleased.




Here are a few of the cakes I've made for her in the past.

Elmo:




Barney and Friends



Camping Cake (one of my personal favorites):

And Spongebob Squarepants



With another birthday successfully behind us, I can now start to focus on the millions of other projects I have in my brain like


decorating for Valentine's day

refinishing our bedroom furniture

decorating the nursery

and

finding creative storage solutions in this tiny Cape to prepare for all of the baby stuff.



2 comments:

  1. Stephenie,

    Both of the cakes are too cute but I'm sure she loved her surprise cake and was the envy of her friends (you know it's not everyone that gets to chill with Justin on their birthday!) I hope you were able to catch up on the missed sleep and staying warm.

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

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  2. My daughter really wants to have a SpongeBob theme birthday party and she keeps going on about getting a SpongeBob cake. I am planning on making her one! Your cakes look amazing! My daughter loves watching Nickelodeon and thank goodness we get TV everywhere from DISH Network. As a DISH employee I can tell you that thanks to the Sling box my daughter can stream SpongeBob episodes right onto my iPhone or laptop wherever we are. Go to www.dishnetwork.com for more info.

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