However, on round one, I didn’t follow the directions very well and they erupted:
Round two was much more attractively shaped:
I got them all baked yesterday, but was so unbelievably past the point of exhaustion last night that I decided to go to bed earlier than I’ve been to bed since I was Ali’s age (8:24pm, if you’re wondering) and get up early to make my icing and decorate my creations.
However, around 11pm, I woke up and about had a panic attack at how in the world I was going to get all of the ice cream cones to the party without them falling over….ice cream cones full of cake aren’t very stable, and they have a tendency to domino…badly.
I finally managed to quell my deep, dark anxieties and fall back asleep.
This morning, I made my two batches of icing and prepared them for their journey as best as I could:
(That picture makes me want to work a jigsaw puzzle.)
Although I stayed stressed out all the way to the location of the party (Ali’s Gymnastics) as I tried to intricately balance the container of cupcakes in my lap, I managed to only let about 10 of them fall over with minimal decoratorial damage, thanks to the huge cake container my Mom donated to my
First on the agenda of the party: Gymnastics, of course.
As soon as they all started playing, I realized that there was something realllllly funky with my camera: spots. I don’t know why, but it only happened in the gym. Just my Luck.
Ali showed off on her favorite apparatus, the bar…
And her friends taught HER a few tricks.
Greg helped the kids do mega flips..
And they came out only slightly damaged.
AJ, braver than Ali, took off to run and jump in “The Pit”:
However, she managed to find it within herself to brave the frightening jump!
The kids got to try out the Olympic trampolines, again the big kids showing Ali how to REALLY take off:
At the end, they all lined up to jump in the pit…
Except for Ali, of course. And her self-proclaimed-boyfriend Ethan, who stayed behind to “keep her company”.
We headed upstairs to eat, and the cupcakes were a hit!
Even the Grandparents liked them…
Until I showed up with the camera.
Ali blew out her candles…
And then handed out party favors.
The kids had a great time with their treats, especially the slinkies, which make great nose rings…
And having the good fortune to get outfit-coordinating lip-gloss.
Well, the kids who didn’t get their party favors taken away enjoyed them, anyway.
Ali was surrounded with lots of willing hands to help for present opening..
And so after she was done, she took her favorite blinkedy birthday card and sought some solace.
AJ joined her and was supportive of her need for silence.
13 Kids 1-6 years old
5 Grandparents and Great-Grandparent
46 Cupcakes (2 fell in the line of duty)
And for some reason, I’m sitting here writing this blog post instead of napping with Ali.