Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday Sweet Jack!!!

My sweet boy's birthday is today. I had to wake him up at 8am (doesn't it suck when you could have slept in but had other things planned, he never sleeps late when we have nothing going on!!!) because he was going to an event at our church called Kids Christmas morning. The kids make crafts related to Jesus, make gingerbread houses, etc. Then he went to my mom's for lunch and to open his gifts from her since it was going to be chaotic during the party.

While he was there, I was decorating the cake that I had baked yesterday and we decorating for the pary. I used buttercream icing that I colored as black as I could get it for the locomotive and coal tender, but it ended up like a purplish grey, and the coloring for the coaches was like a light blue. I then took whip cream, dyed it a slight blue and spread it out on aluminum foil cookie sheets. I topped it with some coconut to give it a snowy appearance. I used black licorice for the tracks, Good 'N Plentys for the windows of the coaches, rock candy for steam, oreos for wheels and black shoestring licorice for the cow catcher. Jack seemed pleased and that was all that mattered to me. It also tasted delicious!

It was shear chaos when all the kids got there. They watched the movie intermittently and it's funny, we told the kids they could eat their pizza on the floor of the living room and watch the movie, and for a few minutes, it was just QUIET. This was not lost on the adults!!! We played "Pin the Name on the Train" game where the kids had to put the "Polar Express" name on the train Archie drew on posterboard, some of the kids made reindeer food, some played "Snowblowers" (think of kids blowing in one end of empty, painted black, toilet paper rolls to move a cotton ball-snow into a cup) and had a race doing that. They also played with the toys in the basement. Then Santa came on the fire engine and surprised the kids. They had a great time. I had more than one comment about "How are you going to top that next year?" I wasn't trying to win any contests for sure, but I am type A, I am a perfectionist, and I wanted Jack to have a great party because he was so excited and I fed off of that.

That said, I'm exhausted and Jack was asleep at 7:30pm!!! I will leave you with some pictures from today. Goodnight friends!

1 comment:

  1. What an adorable idea!!! I'm going to have to remember that for future December parties :) Great job!