Sunday, September 8, 2013

1st Day of 1st grade



Tuesday, was my daughter's 1st day of 1st grade. We did the following to celebrate the big day.
Like last year, she got this poem and glitter to help her sleep and send her onto a good day.

I saw a lot of my friends posting pictures of their children with colorful, artsy signs with the 1st day of 1st grade and it listed what the child wanted to be when they grow up. Well that seemed like a lot of work, so I cut a "1st" out of construction paper and had my princess hold it for pictures.

(On a side note, on the day of their birthday I have a list of 12 questions that I ask my girls. What they want to be when they grow up is one of them.)
That afternoon, I made these 2 cookies. I rolled them out, and used a knife to cut out the shapes. Last year, I bought a cookie, but this year I bought cookie dough and I already had a can of cake icing. I wanted to keep it simple, not eat a large cookie, and keep the cost for two celebrations under $5. I would have spent $20 if I would have bought them. The girls were both excited over the cookies and sprinkles.
On Tuesday, I will be making another for my preschooler's 1st day of school.
We also bought a latex balloon at the grocery to go with the cookies. If you want to see our celebration from last year's 1st day of school, click here: 1st day of kindergarten

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sofia the First Birthday Cake




Ok, I will be honest. I will never be hired as a cake decorator for a bakery. I also refuse to pay someone a lot of money for a toddler's birthday cake.  Didn't our moms make our cake and we thought that they were great. Kids are more concerned with getting the piece of cake, than how it looks. I have typically made my children's birthday cakes. If I can make it for less than $5, then why pay a bakery to make it for $20. Last winter I begin my quest for my littlest toddler's birthday cake design and I found these.

Sofia the first from unknown? and  from cakecentral.com
Well, I knew that the cake I made wouldn't look like that, but I was going to make my own version.
First, I mixed up the cake mix and baked it in 2 round cake pans. Then I started to frost and layer the cakes. I inserted toothpicks, where I wanted the tucks of the dress to be. I first frosted the bottom layer in white with store bought icing.  
Then I added the lavender icing. I saw an idea on pinterest to use wet paper towel to smooth the frosting to make it look like fondant. It didn't work. So, I used a wet icing spreader.
 This is what it looked like next.
 Then I added the details with the white icing. I added dots and
 flowers on the sides. I first outlined the flower and then filled them in. You can use powered sugar on your finger tips to smooth and flatten the white details.
 I bought a Sofia the First figurine set from the disney store and used the Sofia as a cake decoration. I added candles for my princess and it was complete.
I hope that you will try to make a cake for the next birthday at your house.
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