Wednesday, August 24, 2011

OK, I'm back! Sorry for the long absence

Almost that time again!
No, not back to school...time to start party planning!!

This year Sophia will be 5 years old!!!  I tend to go a little overboard with birthdays but I love it and look forward to it all year! 
I was so excited when I found out that my due date was October 24th...a Halloween Baby I thought!  Well, she was born on October 30th, even closer than expected.  Her first two birthdays had Halloween themes, but the last couple of years we've strayed from the Halloween theme and I think we might again this year.  There will be plenty of Halloween birthdays to come, I don't want to use up all of my ideas in the first few years!
Her first birthday had a bit of a "pumpkin theme", so cute!

I made these pumpkins using a mini bundt pan.  A simple yellow cake mix with some canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice added to give them a true pumpkin taste.

The birthday girl thoroughly enjoyed her first taste of cake!

Her BFF Maxx was born about 10 days later and has always been the life of the party since the beginning.

A pumpkin sugar cookie as a parting gift.

I always use the Wilton Royal Icing recipe to ice cookies.  It uses meringue powder instead of egg whites which is safer when serving to little ones.

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