Last Sunday, we celebrated Sweet Pea's first birthday in style. She is in love with dogs, and one of her favorite books was given to her by some dear friends as a Christmas gift last year. The book, a beloved of my own when I was a child, is called The Poky Little Puppy.
Ever heard of it?
"Why are there bones on the table?" my father-in-law asked.
"They're not edible?" my mother questioned. She knew I had tried my hand at home-made meringue "bones." I'm amazed that she thought I could make them that realistic. My meringue bones, which looked adorable in the picture, looked misshapen and inappropriate. Live and learn, and don't make meringue.
In spite of the fact that I didn't get everything all set up until 20 minutes after people were already arriving, and still had not made frosting for the cupcakes, we all ate and drank and had lots of fun. (And my sweet friends J and K made the frosting and frosted the cupcakes for me! They were stellar.) The puppies in the The Poky Little Puppy ate three desserts; rice pudding, chocolate custard, and strawberry shortcake. We had all three as well, in the form of a rice pudding "cake" with green "grass" coconut,
chocolate custard in the form of dirt dessert,
and strawberry shortcake cupcakes, gluten-free and homemade.
|Quick note about images: I have no idea who took most of them and they are all SOOC. It's kind of impossible|
to photograph your own child's birthday party on any thing but auto. Being present, baby!
|Watermelon is Sweet Pea's favorite!|
The weather was lovely, the family and friends wonderful, and Sweet Pea had a blast.
|Cupcake onesie made by Groovy, Hubby's mom.|
|Wardrobe change! I'm nothing if not me.|
|Hand-made banner from Groovy.|
Well, ok, she mostly had an amazing time, apart from when she had a minor meltdown because SOMEONE refused to take a decent nap before her party.
But all was well with the addition of a cupcake.
|She immediately shoved the whole strawberry in her mouth. I prepared to perform Heimlich.|
We really had a lovely afternoon. The kids ate and played and petted the horses, and Sweet Pea relished all the attention. I'm so thankful for all of our sweet family and friends!
|Don't Sweet Pea and her sweet cousin M look SO much alike?|