Monday, October 28, 2013

The Best Thing From the 80s Cake

My husband turned the big 30 this year. I racked my brain for awhile as to what kind of cake to make for him. It needed to be a good one for such a momentous birthday.  One day while we were sitting in the livingroom, one of our girls pulled out his old Rubix cube to play with.  Then it hit me--why not do an 80s cake--one that represented his childhood and birth into one of the best decades ever (I may be biased--I am a total 80s child too).

I pulled in 3 elements from the 80s into his cake--3 things that were a big part of his childhood--Smurfs, PacMan, and Rubix cubes (he is the fastest Rubix cube solver I have ever met).

The Rubix cube was rice krispy treats covered in black chocolate fondant while the PacMan layer was a yellow cake filled with pineapple filling, resulting in a yummy pina colada-ish flavor (his personal favorite).

I molded the smurf out of some blue and white fondant/gumtex mixture and made him hold the candle on top. Isn't he cute? For being the first smurf I've ever tried to make, I think he turned out pretty good.

The best part of this whole thing is that my hubby had no idea that I was making him a cake. It was a total surprise.  I diligently worked on different parts of it every naptime for a week (molding the smurf, making the rubix cube squares, the Pac Man elements, etc.) since I couldn't work on it at all after kids went to bed at night since he would be home and see it.  Because of that I didn't get finished all the elements that I had hoped to put on there (an MTV emblem, Ghostbusters logo, Thriller cassette tape, etc.), but I still love how the cake turned out, and I loved seeing his expression when he saw his cake for the first time.

I made a little card to go with it--I looked up "80s slang" on google so I could use some of those words on the card. If you come from the 80s and need a good laugh, google that and read the different slang terms.  I was totally cracking up, mainly because I totally remember saying a bunch of them, and some I still do (like "totally"--just look at my previous sentence--and "dude"). Anyways, the card was kind of lame, but I still had fun writing it and watching him read it:

We had a fun time celebrating the big 30 with my wonderful and amazing husband. He is the the best thing that came from 80s!

Monday, October 14, 2013

She's About to Pop Baby Shower

This summer my very good friend Annie was, well can I say, about to pop! I was so excited to throw her a baby shower to celebrate the upcoming arrival of baby Maylie.

As you can guess, everything revolved around the word "Pop." I used paper plates stuck on the wall to look like bubbles everywhere (thanks Emily and Casie for the idea!), and hung some Chinese lantern bubbles from the ceiling.

The food was so much fun to do.  Fruit "Pops", Cake "Pops", Spinach Salad with "Pop"pyseed Dressing, and "Pop"pyseed Sliders were on the menu.

There was also lemonade "Pop" to drink.

My favorite part, though, was the "Pop"corn buffet, with 3 kinds of Popcorn:

S'more Caramel Popcorn, Cinnamon Cookie Crunch Popcorn, and Spicy Cheese Popcorn.

I have to admit that I was pretty excited to find another use for this cute little chair that we got for our daughters' bedroom.  It fit in perfectly with the decor, so we used it and the little green table as our present area.

The cute momma. She got some cute girly things and we all had a wonderful time laughing, talking, and oohhhing and aahhing over cute little clothes. I did make the ladies play one game--I just had to, it went with the "pop" theme.  They each had to blow up a balloon the size they thought Annie's stomach was, then model it for us under their shirt. Whoever looked the same size as Annie won a prize (a ring "pop"). I have great pictures of it, but I know that they would kill me if I posted them on my blog :) so I'll let you imagine a room full of pregnant looking women.

And just one final thing for each of the ladies as they left--a small bottle of bubbles with the sign, "Thanks for Popping by." It was a big hit with the little kids that came along to the shower with their moms.

Love this lady. So glad we could have this fun day for her. (By the way, her baby is DARLING! What a little doll!)