El Mundo de Elí

September 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

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

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Fourth of July Flag Cake

July 1, 2016 § 1 Comment

Last fourth of July I was SUPER pregnant.  And like any rational minded soon to be mami of two, I decided that I should spend my last days of freedom on my feet, for hours, baking a flag cake.

I started by making a 5 layer red test-cake with buttercream filling.  But I wasn’t happy enough with the height ratio of the red to white, so I ended up with this monstrosity pictured below.

4th of July Cake and Cookies

Really this cake didn’t reach it’s full height potential. But that is only because I reached the max height of our freezer, where I was storing the layers, and I literally couldn’t stand on my feet any longer. That being said, it still irks me when I look at the picture above and wish, wish, wish that there was a the very least another top red layer.

flag cake layers

The most delicious part of the cake was actually the lemon curd filling, which you can’t see here. I chose it because it wouldn’t detract from the colored layers.

Adan and Mami cookies

These are the royal icing cookies I made with toddler. This was the first time I let him roll out his own cookies and decorate them. He was DELIGHTED!

Adan y Abuelito

Here is my happy boy with his abuelito.

With Grandma and Abuelito

Here he is again with his abuelito and grandma.

Since my second son’s birthday is coming up next month my plan was to hold off from making a cake this year. But my family seemed so disappointed that it looks like I’ll be baking a cake after all. And I am actually really excited to use my new Russian icing tips. So I think the plan will be to make a red white and blue pinata cake with my toddler.

I’ll keep you guys posted…

FC Barcelona Bday!

June 30, 2016 § 1 Comment

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.

Party Table
Side View Table
The desert table.

FCB Cake
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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

My little guy’s GRRiffic 2nd birthday

June 26, 2016 § 1 Comment

He LOVES Daniel Tiger and this was his last rendezvous as an only child*, so I figured we’d celebrate him to the max. And celebrate we did…

I went way overboard on all the little details and decorations but I was so busy chasing around my toddler and making sure everyone was having a good time that I didn’t get any photos of the actual event itself.  But at least I had some photos pre-party of some of my prep work.

*An entire year has passed and I just realized I never published this post. My son (pictured here) turned three two weeks ago and the other one is almost a year old.

Daniel Tiger Royal Icing Cookies
Daniel Tiger Royal Icing Cookies

O the Owl Royal Icing Cookies
O the Owl Royal Icing Cookies

Daniel Tiger Cake
Daniel Tiger Cake

Tiger Cake Inside
Tiger Cake Inside

Daniel Tiger Diecuts
Prince Wednesday, Katerina Kitty Cat, Miss Elaina and Daniel Tiger Diecuts

Playing with Diecuts
Playing with the diecuts

Daniel Tiger Crayons
Daniel Tiger Crayons

 

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