Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Happy Birthday Lily!

Oh, my!  The time has truly disappeared and given me a 4 year old!  

My sweet, precious little Lily turned 4 on May 30th.  Hubby and I toasted to being parents for 4 years.  Crazy!  We still remember the night, morning and afternoon of her birth like it was yesterday.  Yes, it was a long one, but so special and miraculous.

We celebrated Lily's birthday at one of our great local parks, just like last year.  It was the perfect day.  Although calling for rain and thunderstorms, we completely lucked out and didn't have either.  It was a bit of a pinwheel themed party, so I had fun sneaking in a few pinwheels here and there.  I made my own pinwheels out of scrapbooking paper.  They were really easy to make and they look adorable.  I used them for display in some large mason jars and I made some smaller ones to put on top of the cake.  Here's the tutorial I used.  I bought a bunch of big, colourful pinwheels to display all around the tent and then sent them home with the kids as favors.  It worked out perfect!  They were colourful and fun and everyone loved watching them spin in the wind.

I made some pinwheel puff pastry treats, one was pizza and the other pesto, and then a variety of pinwheel wraps (pb & j, cream cheese and cucumber, salsa and sour cream), along with the usual party food. 

I made the birthday banner for Lily's birthday last year.  It has been used for every family birthday since.  Definitely worth making one!

That's one giant pink cake!  Lily wanted both vanilla and chocolate, so I layered them on top of each other and covered them with delicious buttercream icing.

Lily was so happy that the weather cooperated and she was able to play in the splash pad.  All the kids had a blast running through the cold water.


You know I love sugar cookies so having an excuse to make some new ones was pure fun.  I had the idea to make Lily's head into a sugar cookie to hand out as favors, along with the toy pinwheels.  I just wasn't sure where I would find a cookie cutter in the shape of a head, so I made my own.  It was actually really easy to do.  I followed this tutorial.  What would I do without the internet?!  I decorated them with my usual Meringue Powder Icing.  They turned out really well, and looked pretty similar to Lily, I must say so myself!

Thanks to everyone for coming to celebrate Lily's birthday with us!  We are so fortunate to have such wonderful family and friends!

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