One of the reasons I was MIA on the blog for a few weeks was due to party preparations for my little boy. He’s in love with Curious George right now (thank you Netflix!), so of course we did a Curious George party. He’s only three, and he was a little freaked out by the happy birthday song, as you can tell by his face, but as soon as everyone stopped singing and he got his cake, it was all good!
For the cake, I took the easy way out and had an edible image of George printed at the grocery store. It was $6—money well spent! In searching for cakes, my favorite ones were either super-elaborate fondant ones or ones that used the edible image. Unless one happened to have a kopykake (maybe someday!) or used a color-flow method, all the drawn ones just didn’t look very good. You have to really be an artist to do a character cake freehand. For Damon’s first birthday, I did a very detailed fondant jungle cake. While that was great for his first birthday, I just didn’t want to put that much effort into a grandparent/aunt/uncle only party. Besides, I think Damon liked this one better because George looked exactly like he was supposed to. I wanted to put little banana candies on the border, but Walmart doesn’t sell runts, and I didn’t feel like making a trip to the candy store in the mall.
I also made Damon a birthday shirt. I think I’ll make a habit of this. I might not do the big number every year, but the shirt was so cheap, and even using printable iron-ons would be easy, and a birthday shirt certainly makes the birthday boy look more festive. It would also help identify the age in pictures when we look at them later!
This was the first year he was able to really open his presents. I think he got plenty of practice at Christmas!
Overall, I was quite happy with how the party went. It was the first year that I had it at my house instead of at my parents, and everything was much more relaxed. My dad wasn’t freaking out about whether his house was clean, and I didn’t have to pack everything up and transport it two hours away. I also got to decorate with a birthday banner I made from fabric triangles—which I completely forgot to take a picture of! Oh well—my other son will turn one in October, and it will be making an appearance then.