Sunday, December 28, 2008

Welcome to the Gnome Forest: A 2nd Birthday Party

My Charlotte turned 2 years old today. She celebrated with all of her family - grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. at a Gnome Forest birthday party. I made cupcakes for the very first time...
with a recipe from my birthday cookbook for angel food cupcakes. After two attempts at the frosting, I deviated from the recipe and made my own cream cheese frosting with 8 oz. of cream cheese, 4 tblsp. of butter, 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar, lemon zest and 1 tsp of vanilla.

Martha helped with the red polka dot and brown cupcake wrappers.

The little gnome cupcake toppers were made from photos from this handy book. I found my copy at the local library. And while the pictures were helpful, most of the crafts are a blast back to the 80's. (I really don't feel the need to go back to that era unless I'm listening to music.) I resized the photos and printed out enough for the fronts and backs of our little gnome friend, then glued them onto toothpicks. There were more than 2 cupcakes to start the day, but this is all that remained at the end of it.

Also new, my woodsy cake stand placed upon the red-with-white-polka-dots-simulated-giant-mushroom tablecloth. Stay tuned for more crafty details...

As mothers always say, "I can't belive my baby is (insert unbelievable age here)!" In my case, it's 2. I'm afraid to blink because she'll then be 35. Happy Birthday, Charlotte. You'll always be my baby girl.


casch said...

Your last line brought tears to my eyes as that's the way I feel about my baby girl too!

Mary said...

Happy Birthday a day late to your adorable little Charlotte! She is so cute, and NO, I cannot believe she is two already... It goes so fast! Aren't you at least a little tempted to have one more?!!!

Sweet Annabelle said...

Hi, Diane! I just found your comment on the snowflake dishtowels on my blog - I'm new - didn't know how to find the comments :0) Thanks for giving permission, I think I'll make them. TOO cute. If I do, and they turn out wonderfully, I'll give the link back to your blog - people would love to see your shops! I'd like to set up one of my own, but don't know how yet. Got to work on that in the new year!
Happy New Year to your family, and Happy Birthday to your adorable daughter!


lera said...

Happy birthday, Charlotte! You're as cute as can be.

(Love the terrariums! Great idea.)

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