So this weekend our little Madelyn turned one (said with a smile and a sigh of sadness). We threw a big party to celebrate and all of our friends and Madelyn's friends were there (except Mr. Henry who had to go out of town). Here are a few of the highlights!
Great Grandma Geig surveying what was left of the food table (there were ribs, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, pasta salad, macaroni salad and all the condiments you could imagine!) I assumed after buying 70 hot dogs, 22 lbs. of baby back ribs, 5 lbs. of pasta, 5.5 lbs. of potatoes and 6 cans of beans that we would have had many left overs....apparently we have very hungry family and friends because it was all nearly consumed (we only made 50 hot dogs but they were gone and I would say 20 of the 22 lbs. of ribs were eaten and ALL of the pasta and potato salads).
Here is Daddy eating one of the hot dogs before they were scarfed down. He is also standing next to the water/tea/punch table and the bourbon slush and cooler station. Like the cute pink and green decorations?? The balloons did not do so well in the 96 degree heat- they all popped (strangely all the green popped before the pink).
Here are the favors that my mom and I made. They are cupcake pops. It is cake (we had chocolate ones, white ones and lemon ones) that is crumbled up and mixed with cream cheese frosting and then formed into cupcake shapes and dipped into chocolate (milk for the bottom and colored white chocolate for the tops) and decorated with sprinkles and an M&M. For the inspiration see my new favorite blog- http://bakerella.blogspot.com/
These are the kids favors. The babies (even though they are all 1 now so they really aren't babies anymore) had the pails and purses- pink purses for Mia and Maddy and green buckets for Nick, Corbin and Henry. Each contained bubbles and sidewalk chalk and the boys got shovels for boy dirt digging and the girls got sticks that make noise and have pretty beads that roll around in them...much more lady like than dirt (although I am sure they would love the dirt too)!
This is Maddy's cake (before assembly and after)...it is really a cupcake tower with a base layer of homemade coconut cupcakes covered in coconut flavored cream cheese frosting and coconut flakes (my favorite ones), the second tier are white cupcakes frosted in lime green buttercream (mom's secret recipe), the third tier are chocolate cupcakes with a Reese's peanut butter cup hidden inside (yum!) and are frosted in hot pink buttercream, the crowning layer is a 6 inch white cake covered in hot pink, white and lime green fondant (made by mom since I can only make things out of fondant and not cover cakes in it yet). The links to the recipes for the coconut cake and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are below:
Hidden Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cupcakes (I just used the cake part)
Here is Maddy enjoying the above described confections...she had one of each...piggy baby!!! I guess you only turn one once!
Here are Maddy and "her" friends (as opposed to ours) who came to party- Nick, Mia, Corbin, Uncle Shaffey and soon to be playmates Cole Venus (born yesterday), Baby Kuehl and Lilly Gass (note that Uncle Shaffey is included here as he has the mentality of a newly minted one year old) :-)
Finally, Madelyn got the best gifts in the whole entire world. I truly have never seen so many presents in my life- we have the most generous friends and family! She got tons of books, clothes, a tea set, bath toys, stuffed animals, Handy Manny tools, Mickey Mouse toys, a car, a wagon, a baby stroller, a shopping cart, a penguin punching bag, a nifty octopus sprinkler, shovels, buckets, rakes, a wheel barrow, a bubble mower, a magnetic farm set, a purring kitten, and so much more that I can't even process right now! Here is Maddy in her sea of gifts and playing with the largest gift I have ever seen- the 5 foot waterslide from Grandma and Grandpa Barry.
Thanks again to everyone for making this a very special day for a very special one year old! Happy Birthday Madelyn!