Ok, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But every year I swear I am not going to have a big party for my girls. I’m not going to knock myself out and spend a ridiculous amount time planning and executing a custom party. And then with four days to go I find myself schlepping down to Economy Candy on the Lower East Side to find the perfect candy toppers for the 60 cupcakes I’m baking for their school parties. And suddenly I’m hauling the couch across the living room, clearing out furniture and strewing crepe paper from corner to corner while standing tip toe on the edge of a chair. No matter how hard I try I just have to give in to my inner Martha and create the party of my daughters’ dreams.
This year we did an (Almost) Sleepover complete with a spa set up in their bedroom with wind-chime music, a manicure station, scrapbooking with the super cool sticker pictures we printed on a Poloroid PoGo printer and a relaxation station stocked with back issues of Highlights and American Girl Magazines. Once the girls were beautified and relaxed we herded them into the kitchen for an ice cream sundae bar with a candy bonanza of toppings. These are the liberties you can take when they girls are not staying the night! Then they headed into the living room/disco where the music was thumping (thanks Pandora!) the disco light was swirling and the limbo contest sent the girls into a frenzy. Some Wii Karaoke with Disney Sing It! And then, just when it seemed we couldn’t pile on yet another activity we brought out the awesome cakes that were topped with incredibly special and unique toppers courtesy of You Cake. (full disclosure: the fab moms at You Cake gave me the toppers for free and I attended a super fun You Cake event at Moon Soup the following weekend – but I wouldn’t write about them if they truly hadn’t turned out a superior product! I’m just not that easy.)
It was a smashing success, but the next day – Mother’s Day – I felt like hell. Congested, coughing and exhausted for the next 4 days I pretty much swore I’d never do it again. But I guess it’s like labor. Give it enough time and you forget the true horror and only remember the well worth it result. My daughters are already throwing out ideas for next year. I just stare at them with a glazed expression and nod my head.
Here are pics of the really amazing You Cake toppers. You can see how creative and artistic they are. Much different than the typical “photo” cake because they customize them to your theme or interest. Also, you can take the topper right on over to your bakery and have them lay them on top and finish the border with icing, or you can do it yourself on a homemade or store bought cake. Honestly, these were a huge hit. My daughters adored them.