We celebrated Evan's birthday a week early because my parents were in
town the week before his "real" birthday. We didn't have a big shabang,
just a little after dinner cake party with our neighbors and one of our
It actually just started out that I was going to make a little cake for
Evan to enjoy with just our family.
Then we were outside talking with our neighbors a couple days before and
we decided to invite them over for cake too. (Hysmith and Peterson Clan)
Then I was talking on the phone with my friend from church and decided
to see if they wanted to come over too. (Hennessy Family)
So now that I had invited over a few more people than I was originally
expecting I decided to make some sort of fun cake. I got on the internet
and found directions for this really cool monkey cake. Except then I was
thinking that Evan probably needed a milk free cake and so I figured I
should make a "real" cake for everyone else. That's when the giraffe
cake entered the picture, especially since the monkey cake turned out to
be really fun to make. Here is the progress of my cake making.
Rice milk cake - to be the monkey Regular cake - to be the giraffe
I had to do surgery on the "bear ears" of the cake to bring them down a
bit for a more monkey shaped head. Original iced monkey to the left.
Finished product monkey cake to the right. I decided that the dark icing
blended in too much so I made the nose, mouth and added a little hair in
a lighter color brown. When I was done I was slightly disappointed
because I liked the original iced monkey better, ah well.
Here's the progress on the giraffe. I just added tons and tons of icing
to make the triangled ears which ended up falling off and I had to stick
them back on using my fingers. I was pretty freaked out at first, but it
you couldn't even tell when I was done. To Luke's excitement I used dum
dum suckers for the giraffe's head. Why in the world do giraffe's have
pointed knots at the top of their heads anyway?!
So onto the party! :)
Evan opened a few gifts.or rather we had the other kids open his
presents for him since he was only interested in the "actual gift."
Thanks to everyone he now finally has a few really cool boy toys and fun
My dad was especially excited to give Evan a USC outfit which turns out
currently fits Alyssa! So he was even more excited to see it on Alyssa.
Alyssa was equally excited about the outfit and wore it 2 days in a row!
We then moved on to the main event of the evening..
We lit a candle, sang happy birthday and let Alyssa do the honors this
Evan LOVED his cake. I let him "dig in" to his cake, since I figured
noone else would want the rice milk cake anyway. :) Luke got a great
video of Evan eating his cake!
He started out pretty clean, but then he just kept at it and inevitably
gooed himself up. We did give him a piece of cake on a plate, but after
he sucked off all the icing he handed it back to us. lol
I think the cake was the highlight of the party! After everyone had had
their cake we called it quits for Evan. We took off his clothes and
cleaned him up a bit and then he was in bed sleeping before his guest
left. :) Ah the life of a one year old.
HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY BUDDY!