El Mundo de Elí

Here are some photos from Elí’s first Elmo birthday. I guess Elmo is becoming a trend :).

Elías Sesame Street Crayons and Dorthy royal icing cookies
Party prep: Elías Sesame Street Crayons and Dorthy royal icing cookies

 The birthday boy and his abuelito
The birthday boy and his abuelito

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The birthday table

Rainbow pound cake with Italian buttercream frosting
Rainbow pound cake with Italian buttercream frosting

Birthday brother eating cake
Birthday brother eating cake

The Sesame Street birthday family
The Sesame Street birthday family

Chocolate Elmo lollipops
Chocolate Elmo lollipops

Royal icing Elmo cookies
Royal icing Elmo cookies

Diecut Sesame Street Banners
Diecut Sesame Street Banners

Sesame Street Fruit and Vegetable trays
Sesame Street Fruit and Vegetable trays

Watermelon cake for the birthday boy
Watermelon cake for the birthday boy

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Party prep: Chocolate covered crayons pretzels
Party prep: Chocolate covered crayons pretzels

Awesome El Mundo de Elías birthday sign made by Nico
Awesome El Mundo de Elías birthday sign made by Nico

Party prep: Sesame Street bunting flags
Party prep: Sesame Street diecut bunting flags

Party prep: Sesame Street diecuts
Party prep: Sesame Street diecuts

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Party prep: Cakestands

FC Barcelona Bday!

Welcome to Messi Madness aka my son’s third birthday.  I was a year behind in posting last year’s pictures, so this year I am getting on it right away.

My little man is absolutely crazy about soccer and of course Lionel Messi. He runs through our home yelling “Mama soy Messi y mi hermano es Neymar Jr.”  When we asked him what theme he wanted for his birthday he had many ideas. But in the end he narrowed it down to FC Barcelona and Frida Kahlo.  While we didn’t end up with the Frida theme this year, he did insist on leaving the Frida Kahlo painting up in the kitchen so that everyone the party would see it.

Some of the highlights of the party included: a chocolate fondant soccer ball cake, royal icing soccer jersey and soccer ball cookies, chocolate soccer ball lollipops, lots of FCB diecuts (made on the Cricut Explore), chocolate covered Oreos with soccer toppers, a FCB fruit platter, and of course FCB gear for the whole family.

Holding the Cookie
My little boy delighted that we FINALLY allowed him to eat a royal icing cookie.

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Side View Table
The desert table.

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The chocolate fondant soccer ball cake.

FCB Diecut
Chocolate soccer ball lollipops.

FCB Royal Icing Cookies
Royal icing cookies.

FCB Family
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Our family in full FC Barcelona gear.

FCB Fruit Platter
The epic FCB fruit platter made by my dear friend Lamia.

FCB Plates
Custom plates for the birthday boy.

FCB Photographer
Our awesome photographer also wore FCB gear.

FCB Chocolate Balls
Chocolate soccer balls.

FCB Porch
I wish I had more time to decorate the porch, but with two small children I had to pick my “battles” and decided to focus my energy on the inside. However my wonderful papi made the impossible happen and somehow magically jerry rigged this flag into place. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the DELICIOUS tacos from Cafe Catedral– hands down the best party food ever.

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Getting in some soccer
And of course my little Messi periodically stopped partying and got in some serious kicks.

Stay tuned for photos of my second son’s first birthday coming in August. This will be our second Elmo themed birthday, as my first son also celebrated his first birthday in Elmo style.

Photos by Nick Cartwright