This is the baby I brought home 5 years ago today.
So tiny. So cute. So sweet.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want another one, despite the barrage of requests from grandparents, despite friends and strangers voicing their disbelief I could want an ONLY CHILD.
Trust me, this kid is lucky he’s made it five years without me eating him on a sandwich.
But, he does have his moments, and those moments make it all worth it.
On Friday he turned 5, and because I am insane, I decided to make his cake again this year. He started school on Monday, which added a little stress, plus, I had a cake order for Saturday. I made fancy little cupcakes to take to his Kindergarten – more stress – and I also had/have a houseful of company – arriving Thursday – so, not a relaxed house, for sure.
I should have just went to Food Lion and gotten a freaking cake. I thought about it. I did.
But then I looked back at his past birthday cakes, and I just couldn’t do it. I’ve made each of them. Every cake he’s ever had – I made. I couldn’t let my busy week or laziness interfere with a tradition. Not yet, anyway.
So…I made it. Honestly, I didn’t even know what kind of cake I was making until Thursday night. I knew it had to be a movie themed cake, because for his party, I rented out the old theater in town for he and his friends. It hasn’t been a theater for almost 30 years, but, it was recently cleaned up enough that we could sneak in there and use it, so, we did.
We rigged up my stereo, a DVD player, and a projector, and after a strong debate, Seven chose The Lorax as his movie of choice.
Good choice – I figured I could work something out with a Lorax cake.
About 30 of us met at the Pearis Theater on Friday night for some pizza, popcorn, movie fun and cake – and I have to admit I was SO pleased with the entire evening. So much fun! And, for the parents in the group, it was complete nostalgia. Being back in the Pearis brought back so many memories.
I hope everyone had as much fun as I did…they seemed to!
For those of you interested, The Lorax is a Swiss Chocolate cake filled with Oreo buttercream. Really kid friendly and sweet! It was carved from two 9 inch rounds, an 8 inch, and a 7 inch round. The head and mustache are fondant covered rice crispy treats. I used an airbrush to color him, which was much easier than tinting the fondant in advance. Love that! I surrounded the cake board with cotton candy – but be warned, don’t anticipate eating the cotton candy – the humidity takes its toll pretty quickly! (Looks so cute though!)
Here are the past 4 years of cake…
Happy Birthday, Baby!!