Book of Mormon Baptism Dinner

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After making my son’s special baptism invitation, I wanted to carry the theme through to our dinner celebration after the baptism. At first I wanted to do a Book of Mormon mystery menu, like my sister had done before. BSB vetoed it on the grounds that it would be a lot of work to serve, […]

8 is great! Ideas to celebrate

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My son turned 8-years-old last month! For our family, 8 is a very special birthday, because that is when our children are old enough to be baptized in our church. For that reason, I do 8 year-old birthdays a little differently. I don’t throw a big friend party (like the robot, rocket, pirate, etc., parties […]

Hot Stuff Father’s Day

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Father’s Day last year was pretty hot. BSB’s main gift was a new grill (well, a new-to-us grill that the neighbors were getting rid of when they moved), so we had a “Hot Stuff”-themed Father’s Day. I made this grilling apron for him for his other gift. I couldn’t resist the scandalous play on words. And […]

Chapter 4: Book Party Cake

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When last we left our birthday guests, they were engaged in suspense and adventure, but rest assured, they were rewarded for their bravery and enthusiasm with cake and other book-themed goodies. The cake was in the shape of–what else?–a book! Actually, there were several books represented in the cake. I considered giving each book the […]

The Keg Cake Instructions

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You know I love cool cakes and especially crazy 3D cakes for special occasions. When my friend, Kim, sent me a picture of this amazing, functioning keg cake that her mom had made, I knew I had to share it on the blog, even though I’m not even a drinker. I was in the middle of […]

3D Roller Skate and Disco Ball Cake

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  I don’t really have time today for a lengthy tutorial or explanation, but since I was foolish enough post an incriminating picture of the havoc this cake wreaked on my kitchen, I thought I ought to show you the finished product. This was for my neighbor’s 10th birthday, which happens to be her Golden birthday! Her […]

A Tangled Celebration

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My daughter (who has a thing for hair) was heart-set on a Rapunzel birthday. Using some great internet resources, a bit of imagination, and a lot of friends and family, we threw a Tangled adventure for the birthday girl and her friends. Where to begin? How about with my little Rapunzel herself and the gorgeous […]

Camping Birthday Adventure

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My son has had some pretty cool birthday parties in the past. While the robot, pirate and rocket parties were huge successes, I wanted this year to be a little different. Partly because the thought of a dozen 7 year old boys wreaking havoc in my home wasn’t appealing, and partly because my husband begged me to […]

Captain America Cake

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Saturday is US Constitution Day! Didn’t you know that? It must be a big holiday, because my children are allowed to trade in their school uniforms for patriotic red, white, and blue garb tomorrow! So I’m going a little patriotic today, too.  We hosted a combined birthday party at my house a while back for […]

A is for Alec–ABC 1st Birthday

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Aa is for Alec So what if he was going on 15 months, Alec finally had his first birthday party, full of A’s B’s and C’s (and other alphabet letters, too)! A little hard to see in these pics, but the white letter banner spells “Happy 1st Birthday Alec” Bb is for ball Contrary to this […]