Quixotic, is quite possibly, my favorite word in the English language. It has a "Q," and an "X" and ever since I was able to assemble it on a Scrabble board with someone else's "C" I have been a fan. Aside from all that, it is the word that best describes my way of celebrating birthdays. You (and I) never really know what kind of fun I will come up with. Special K thinks it's a little crazy, the lengths I go to to celebrate a birthday, but I disagree. I think birthdays should be celebrated with great fervor. Sometimes it takes a little work to celebrate just the way you want. But who says work can't be fun?
I saw all sorts of potential for the banner and using the distribution of letters from Scrabble as my guide, I made a whole bunch of letters (see first photo). Should I ever have the opportunity to meet and throw a party for a Quincy, Xavier or Zarathustra (you never know), I totally can. And I can do it in a very colorful way.
It was easy (albeit a bit time consuming, because I did 64 letters--plus one exclamationa point-- you don't have to do that many, but you totally could) but it was fun, and really I will take advantage of any excuse to whip out the hot glue gun (but with this project, I found cutting the letters out by free-hand to be kind of the best part). I cut out sets of felt circles in 3.5" and 3.75" glued them together with a folded ribbon in the middle. And, like Rae, I used ric rac for suspension. And because I wanted to go crazy with color, I used 14 colors of felt (I left a lot of colors at the store, so I think I showed some restraint here). That's a ton of fun for very little moolah. You should make a banner too, you will be glad you did.
And I do have to apologize, if you came here looking for pie today. I gave myself on out this week, or rather, it was a bye week for pie. Because for birthdays, most people (especially if I am involved in the equation) get cake. Little Sir is sort of a minimalist when it comes to desserts (sadly). He usually opts for plain fresh fruit but he knows how to celebrate right and asked for a "banilla" cake with "banilla" frosting.
And how fabulous is my new cake stand?!
For me this meant a classic white cake (best white cake recipe I have made to date) with buttercream frosting (the kid and I just made the frosting up as we went along).
Because he was helping me make the frosting I have no idea how much confectioner's sugar he scooped into the bowl, so I added butter, heavy cream and vanilla until it tasted good and looked spreadable.
His enthusiasm for fire is not just a little concerning.
A little imprecise, but it was fun and tasty, so whatever.
I also wanted to make a quilt for the kid's birthday, but sometimes you have to cut your losses (so much for quixoticism).
It became apparent to me that I would not finish this quilt in time, so I am saving it for the weekend (because it's just an excuse to drag the celebration out even more, in my opinion--yay for being quixotic!).
So yes, it was a lot of work, but really when your kid thanks you with kisses, it's totally worth it.