Jackson's party planning started early, but seemed to all pile up at the last minute. Our theme: Surf's Up! We had a swim party at my parent's house....with (of course) a bunch of people who love our son! And an array of Beach Boys songs on the iPod!!
On the menu: hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, macaroni salad, fruit salad....we never have a lack of food at our parties!
All of the food was prepared ahead of time...thank goodness! We rented 2 6 foot tables and the cutest kids table ever, complete with mini-chairs in blue and yellow!!
Jackson and all the kids spent nearly the entire time in the pool! All his friends were there: Hannah Grace and Lil Jackson, Katie, Georgia, Eliza, Camden, Marley, Austin, and Baby Pierson. They had a blast swimming!!
Now for the cake! This year was like all the others: I made the cake. I LOVE making the cake. It's my favorite part of the party! My friend Holly makes cakes. She really good at it. And, we make a great team. So, I searched the internet for inspiration. Once we figured out what we were going to do, the baking began! Jackson had said he wanted an orange cake...so I searched the internet again for an orange cake and found a great recipe for an Orange Dreamsicle Cake--yum!! Complete with Orange flavored buttercream icing and orange swirl serbert! If you didn't like orange, you were just out of luck! Jackson's cake took us 4 days to complete: fondent surf boards and letters...palm trees (that melted before we could get them on the cake)...it was awesome!! I think it turned out super cute and Jackson LOVED it! He was so happy that he got to "help" this time too--although pretty much all he did was play with fondent (which is a lot like playdoh) and tell us it looked "really cool!"
Now, I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story, because frankly, I'm tired...and I can't process any more thoughts right now...my brain is mush...
Fabulous "talkie-talkies"! We've taken them shopping with us and it's a hoot listening to what comes out of his mouth while we're shopping...oh lord!!
Mommy's favorite gift! Pottery Barn backpack and lunch box! He's excited to take them to school in September! Thanks GG Jane!!